It is a rarity that a charity will choose not to associate itself with a particular company or organization. After all, charities do not operate outside of donated funds and without those funds, a charity cannot function. The particular type of charity and its principles and ethos may ultimately determine the exact reasons why the charity and business are incompatible.
Take for instance if a company released a press release and this particular company took a strong and principled stance on same-sex issues. Because of this stance, there are certain charities focused on equal rights for same-sex couples that would refuse to accept donations from them. Should such a charity accept donations from the company, the charity would come under intense scrutiny for their actions, and no doubt cause much anger and consternation from the charity’s supporters and adherents. For instance Temptations Direct have tried to carry out various charity work with little loy.
Conversely, a particular company with a certain set of values or products will not assist a charity whose vision and goals are in direct opposition. A large meat packing organization, for example, is highly unlikely to support a strictly vegetarian charity in any way. The shareholders and stockholders in the company would take great umbrage with this usage of any capital, profit or overhead.
Of course, there are some exceptions. Major tobacco companies do in fact give large amounts of money, some because of lawsuit settlements and some because they wish to, to smoking cessation programs and programs aimed at curbing youth smoking. This relationship may seem strange and somewhat oxymoronic, but the charity and the company both benefit from this mutual relationship.
It is clear that charities have the option to refuse any money from a company that does not share their particular values, and a company is not obliged to share any of its profits with a charity that does not have the same business principle. At times, this axiom does give way to exceptions and will continue to do so.