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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.

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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 Standard 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 $50,000.


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 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

Contact Information:
The Donaldson Foundation
Paul Way, 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.


Christel House

Donaldson South Africa is committed to the sponsorship of 5 learners from Christel House Academy. The sponsorship covers education, transport, uniform, meals, social and health service related cost per child.

Christel House


Rally to Read


Rally To Read in partnership with Donaldson head out across South Africa into some of the most remote areas to distribute reading and educational materials to schools in dire need.

Rally to Read


ELB Extreme Road Challenge

Team Donaldson cyclists and runners have raised over R18000 in support of St Vincent School for the deaf.

ELB Challenge


Santa Shoebox project

Team Donaldson wraps gifts and gives them to children in need.

Santa Shoebox