Thank you for your interest in John Deere. If you would like to submit a request for support, please consider the following:
We focus our philanthropic efforts in these areas:
- Education – accredited colleges and universities, and organizations such as Junior Achievement and National FFA
- Community Betterment – community development, human services (primarily United Way), and arts and culture
- Solutions for World Hunger – agricultural development that results in sustainable food supplies and economic growth in underdeveloped countries
Funds are not available for the following organizations or purposes:
- Individual initiatives, including scholarships
- Sports teams, racing teams, athletic endeavors or scholarships designated for athletes
- Faith-based organizations for sectarian purposes
- Political candidates, campaigns or organizations
- Private clubs, fraternities or sororities
- Other foundations for purposes of building endowment
- Tax-supported entities
Our efforts are focused in communities with major John Deere operating units and employee presence.
- Georgia – Augusta
- Illinois – Quad Cities
- Iowa – Des Moines, Dubuque
Quad Cities, Ottumwa, Waterloo
- Kansas – Coffeyville, Lenexa
- Louisiana – Thibodaux
- Missouri – Springfield
- North Carolina – Cary, Fuquay-Varina
- North Dakota – Fargo
- Tennessee – Greeneville
- Wisconsin – Horicon, Madison
In addition, some key organizations from outside these communities may also be considered:
- Accredited colleges and universities
- Organizations focused on international development initiatives related to our Solutions for World Hunger initiative
John Deere dealerships are owned and operated independently from John Deere, so their considerations may be different. Their locations are not included in our geographic scope.
Established in 1985, the John Deere Foundation of Canada has supported programs focused on health and social services, education, civics, culture, and the environment. Recent funding includes these capital campaign donations (amounts listed in Canadian dollars):
- $50,000 each to Grimsby Public Library and Welland Public Library
- $150,000 to the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, and $125,000 to the Woodstock General Hospital
- $50,000 to McMaster University for its Athletics & Recreation Centre and stadium
- $75,000 towards the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute Campaign at Brock University
- $40,000 pledge to the YMCA of Niagara
- $35,000 to the Children's Discovery Centre of Niagara
The Foundation also provides John Deere scholarships at several Canadian universities. And, we have established solid relationships with technical colleges in Quebec, Manitoba, Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. These schools offer yearly Ag Tech scholarships to students, funded by the Foundation.
To encourage young adults to pursue advanced education, we fund John Deere awards at local secondary schools. And our work extends into the classroom with support of Junior Achievement.
John Deere operations in other areas of the world are engaged in philanthropic efforts within their countries. Their efforts reflect enterprise intent as well as the cultural distinctions unique to specific geographic regions.
- European Good Will Fund
- John Deere India
- John Deere Brazil
Deere employees have a long heritage of supporting charitable giving in areas ranging from education to world hunger. Through the Employee Matching Gift Program, the John Deere Foundation supports employees' interests by matching all or part of their charitable contributions to these eligible organizations:
- Two-year and four-year public and private colleges and universities accredited by major regional accreditation organizations
- Tax-exempt college and university foundations, with the requirement that the employee donation and match are used to support education objectives
- A John Deere Foundation signature organization that helps farmers in Kenya, Tanzania, Mali, and Burkina Faso get out of poverty (www.KickStart.org)
For more information, please see the employee gift program application and guidelines. Questions about the program may be directed to the John Deere Foundation.
In the U.S., our philanthropic support is organized in three main areas. To start the process, please choose the type of support from the options below. You'll be asked a few short questions to help determine eligibility. If it's not a fit, you'll know immediately. We will review all qualified inquiries.
John Deere Foundation Grants
Support for initiatives that create lasting impacts for communities and constituencies served by the requesting organization
Grant eligibility questionnaire
National Corporate Sponsorships
Support for select national organizations, programs, and events that benefit participants and present John Deere and its products to their constituents
Sponsorship eligibility questionnaire
Community Relations Contributions
Monetary donations, gifts in kind, and local sponsorships that improve the quality of life in communities where John Deere has a major presence
Community relations eligibility questionnaire
To qualify for any form of support, a requesting organization must have a current IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit designation. At this time, funding for capital campaigns is not available. The Foundation does not donate John Deere equipment.
I want John Deere to sponsor my event
John Deere participation and support of Agricultural or Turf industry shows, events, and sponsorships is integral to our business. To be considered for John Deere sponsorship, please fill out our questionnaire.