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Community Involvement

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. The Donaldson Foundation distributes grants and matching gifts totaling over $1.2 million each year 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: 

Auburn, Alabama Frankfort, Indiana Waterloo, Iowa Ivyland, Pennsylvania
Stockton, California Monticello, Indiana Nicholasville, Kentucky Greeneville, Tennessee
Valencia, California Rensselaer, Indiana Chesterfield, Missouri Baldwin, Wisconsin
Dixon, Illinois Cresco, Iowa Chillicothe, Missouri Stevens Point, Wisconsin 

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 Common Grant Application is preferred and proof of tax exemption 501(c)3 status is required. Each request will be evaluated against the criteria outlined below.


Grant Criteria

  • Educational focus
  • Degree of need for those benefited
  • Impact
  • Sustainability
  • Connection to our communities

Grant applications that focus on impactful programs are preferred over funding requests for general operating expenses. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $20,000.


Funding Cycle

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 two months of a funding cycle. Proposals received after the second month are included in the subsequent funding cycle.

  Cycle I Cycle II

Proposal Submission Period

 August 1 - October 1
 January 1 - March 1

Proposal Review Period

 October 2 - December 31
 March 2 - June 30

Funding to Organizations

 January 31
July 31

Contact Information:
The Donaldson Foundation
Nathalye Blok, President
PO Box 1299, MS 100
Minneapolis, MN 55440



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

Related Links

Scholarship Brochure

Scholarship Application

Scholarship FAQs for the Financial Data Section

The number of scholarships is limited to a maximum of 25% of the number of applicants.

Turning Houses Into Homes

Bedrace for Bridging

Costumed, committed teams raise funds to help provide household items for families in transition.


Preparing Students

The Family Partnership

Employees gather needed school supplies for the area’s underserved, inner-city schoolchildren.

The Family Partnership

Supporting Homeless Youth

Full Cycle

Used bicycles and donations help teach homeless youth bike repair and job skills.

Pillsbury United Communities: Full Cycle

Teaching Financial Literacy

Junior Achievement bigBowl

Teams participate in a bowl-a-thon to expand JA educational programs for K-12 students.

Junior Achievement

Feeding Families

Loaves & Fishes

Employees cook and serve nutritious meals to those in need locally.

Loaves and Fishes

Saving Lives

Memorial Blood Centers

Employees give the gift of life through six annual blood drives.

Memorial Blood Centers

Biking for a Cure

MS150 Bike Ride

Team Donaldson bicyclists and volunteers have raised over $1 million to help end MS.

MS150 Bike Ride

Fostering STEM

Science Fusion

Volunteers share their science, technology, engineering and math expertise to inspire youth.

Science Museum of Minnesota

Giving Back

Portions for a Purpose

Staple foods are packaged for local agencies to distribute to families.

United Way