At John Deere we are driven to create solutions that foster innovation through education, provide food for the rising global demand, and build economically strong neighborhoods in the communities we call home.
Leading with bold commitments, the John Deere Foundation will invest $200 million over the next 10 years to bring John Deere's higher purpose to life: We run so life can leap forward. As part of its 10-year commitment, the John Deere Foundation will invest:
$100 million in the families and youth who live, work, and learn in John Deere's home communities to ensure their inclusive and equitable access to resources and educational opportunities critical for human dignity and self-sufficiency. Annual investments of two million dollars in food banks will provide the equivalent of 100 million meals over the next decade, and investments in youth education will reach at least one million underserved and underrepresented youth.
$50 million in farmers throughout the world to bolster their capacity to make a living, feed a growing global population, reduce inequality, and protect the world around us. Through its work with a range of global partners that serve smallholder and resource-constrained family farmers, the Foundation will help 15 million farmers unlock their enormous potential.
$50 million in John Deere's extraordinary workforce—its greatest asset—to further mobilize and build on their enormous volunteer talents and generosity to strengthen their communities and improve lives around the world.
John Deere, in partnership with the National Black Growers Council (NBGC) and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), established the LEAP (Legislation, Education, Advocacy and Production Systems) coalition in 2020 to help eliminate barriers created by Heirs Property and provide resources to advance the lives and livelihoods of Black farmers. LEAP is dedicated to ensuring the long-term sustainability of over 60 million acres of land currently owned or farmed by Black farmers.
With a goal of fostering innovation through education, John Deere Inspire was developed 10 years ago as our global youth education program. John Deere partners with established youth organizations in our communities to support and mentor the next generation of innovators, problem solvers and leaders.
FIRST® is one of the John Deere Foundation-funded programs along with Project Lead the Way, and ST Math. We also support important events like Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.
Applications for 2022 – 2023 John Deere FIRST® team grants are now open with this link.
Grant applications for 2023 - 2023 implementation for Project Lead the Way now open here and ST Math here with December 16, 2022 deadline to apply.
We support efforts that can provide global-positive change. We proudly provide resources through grants to help solve world hunger, empower students through education, and develop stronger communities.
More than 850,000 students aged 12-21 lean on FFA to explore careers in the food, fiber, and natural resources industries. They are the next generation of leaders, and as FFA’s longest-running sponsor, we are proud to invest in their futures.
Today, an upwards of 828 million people around the world experience hunger - that's more than one in ten of us. Together with our communities, John Deere is committed to creating a world in which no ones goes hungry and where every person has access to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food.