Donaldson Company and our employees are committed to making a difference and strengthening the communities of which we are a part. We are extremely proud of the generations of employees who have established an expansive history of philanthropy, generously giving their time, energy and aid to various local and regional organizations and projects.
The Donaldson Foundation’s mission is to positively impact the communities in which Donaldson Company employees live and work by supporting education. During fiscal year 2016, the Donaldson Foundation distributed grants and matching gifts totaling over $1.2 million to non-profit organizations.
Strengthening our Communities
Funding is available in the Twin Cities and the following U.S. locations where the Company has a significant manufacturing or distribution presence:
The Donaldson Foundation invites only those grant applications that are educational focused. Grant recipients must qualify for tax exemption by the IRS. The completion of the Minnesota Standard Grant Application is preferred and proof of tax exemption 501(c)3 status is required. Each request will be evaluated against the following criteria:
Grant applications that focus on impactful programs are preferred over funding requests for general operating expenses. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $50,000.
The Donaldson Foundation has two funding cycles. The first runs from August through January. Decisions for the first funding cycle are made in December with a payout in January. The second funding cycle runs from January through June with a payout in July. New proposals are accepted during the first three months of a funding cycle. Proposals received after the third month are included in the subsequent funding cycle.
|Cycle I||Cycle II|
Proposal Submission Period
|August 1 - October 31||January 1 - March 31|
Proposal Review Period
|October 1 - December 31||March 1 - June 30|
Funding to Organizations
|January 31||July 31|
The Donaldson Foundation
Paul Way, President
PO Box 1299, MS 100
Minneapolis, MN 55440
MINNESOTA COMMON GRANT APPLICATION FORM
In the fall of 1981, Donaldson Company established a scholarship program for dependent children of U.S. employees. Scholarships are awarded without reference to race, creed, color, age, gender, religion, disability, or national origin. The amount of the award can range from $2,000 to $3,000 for each year of full-time study and may be renewed for up to three additional years.
The program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America, which establishes the award criteria and has sole authority for selecting award recipients. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic record, potential to succeed, leadership and participation in school and community activities.
January 1: Applications begin to be accepted
February 1: Postmark deadline for Renewal applications
March 15: Postmark deadline for new applications
May: Award notification
After August 15: Payment of first half of amount granted
After December 30: Payment of second half of amount granted
The number of scholarships is limited to a maximum of 25% of the number of applicants.
In partnership with Youth for Understanding (YFU) USA, the Donaldson Foundation offers scholarships to employees' children to participate in one of YFU’s student exchange programs. Selected international student(s) have the opportunity to spend an academic year in Minneapolis or St. Paul, Minnesota, and a U.S. student spends a summer or semester on exchange in a participating country.
How to Apply:
Students submit an application through their local YFU country.
All applicants will be notified by mail of their status by May.
Turning Houses Into Homes
Bedrace for Bridging
Costumed, committed teams raise funds to help provide household items for families in transition.
The Family Partnership
Employees gather needed school supplies for the area’s underserved, inner-city schoolchildren.
Supporting Homeless Youth
Used bicycles and donations help teach homeless youth bike repair and job skills.
Teaching Financial Literacy
Junior Achievement bigBowl
Teams participate in a bowl-a-thon to expand JA educational programs for K-12 students.
Loaves & Fishes
Employees cook and serve nutritious meals to those in need locally.
Memorial Blood Centers
Employees participate in 12 drives per year, collecting over 9,500 donations since 1997.
Biking for a Cure
MS150 Bike Ride
Team Donaldson bicyclists and volunteers have raised over $1 million to help end MS.
Volunteers share their science, technology, engineering and math expertise to inspire youth.
Toys for Tots
The annual toy and gift drive helps bring joy to millions of children.
Portions for a Purpose
Staple foods are packaged for local agencies to distribute to families.