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Philanthropy

A long-standing commitment to people, our communities, our world.

A great company is also a great citizen. We aspire to be a catalyst for positive global change by focusing our energy, intellect, and resources on solving world hunger, empowering others through education, and developing our home communities. We will do this by investing purposefully and focusing our philanthropic and volunteerism efforts to achieve higher and sustainable living standards for people everywhere.

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Our Focus

We focus our philanthropic efforts in these areas:

Youth Education

  • We work to increase the number of at-risk youth in home communities who graduate from secondary school.
  • We work to increase the number of youth in home communities who attain Engineering and IT degrees.
  • We work to increase the number of youth attaining degrees and pursuing careers in agriculture.

 

Community Development

  • We cultivate economically thriving and vibrant home communities by strengthening their business environment.
  • We support a functional social safety net necessary for the development of our home communities.

 

Solutions for World Hunger

  • By supporting community partner programs in Africa and Asia, we focus on improving farming and business skills, resulting in increased productivity and incomes.
  • Through improved access to financing and market linkages for smallholder farmers, we support improved quality and quantity of food that is sold, resulting in increased revenue and economic power for the farmer.
  • To meet the challenges of global food security and improved infrastructure, we enable access to mechanization through innovative partnerships with our dealers, finance institutions, and non-governmental organizations.

Funds are not available for the following organizations or purposes:

  • Gifts, or portions thereof, to organizations that are not charitable or tax-deductible, or that could otherwise potentially jeopardize the John Deere Foundation's tax-exempt status
  • Gifts to organizations that could potentially violate restrictions on self-dealing between the John Deere Foundation and Deere & Company by creating a direct or indirect benefit for Deere & Company (e.g., supporting an organization's purchase of John Deere equipment or services)
  • Initiatives for the benefit of an identifiable individual or family, including education and healthcare-related expenses and memorial funds
  • Political organizations (partisan groups or those supporting specific candidates or political positions) or campaigns
  • Religious organizations (churches, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship), or other groups with solely religious missions. Faith-motivated organizations may be considered eligible, at the sole discretion of the John Deere Foundation, if the organization and its programs serve primarily a secular purpose (such as a food pantry, shelter, or school) and are open to all individuals regardless of religious belief.
  • Animal advocacy organizations
  • Medical or health organizations engaged in controversial activities
  • Gifts to organizations creating some personal benefit for the donor, including goods, services, or anything of financial value (e.g., "Teams in Training" where a portion of funds raised cover travel and lodging expenses)
  • Any other organizations or gifts that the John Deere Foundation, in its sole discretion, considers non-compliant with the law, controversial, or otherwise incompatible with its mission

U.S. Philanthropy

Our efforts are focused in communities with major John Deere operating units and employee presence. 

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.

Canada Philanthropy

We focus our philanthropic efforts in these areas:

  • Education – accredited colleges and universities.
  • Community Betterment – community development, human services, and arts and culture
  • Health – support healthcare to improve the health and wellbeing of our local communities

Our efforts are focused in communities with major John Deere operating units and employee presence:

  • Ontario: Grimsby, Burlington, Hamilton, Niagara Area, Oakville
  • Saskatchewan: Regina
  • Alberta: Edmonton
  • British Columbia: Kamloops

Funds are not available for the following organizations or purposes:

  • Individual initiatives
  • Sports teams, racing teams, athletic endeavors or scholarships designated for athletes
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Political candidates, campaigns or organizations
  • Private clubs, fraternities or sororities
  • Other foundations for purposes of building endowment
  • Initiatives supported by the government

Recipients of funding from the John Deere Foundation of Canada must be a registered charitable organization through Canada Revenue Agency. They must be located in Canada, and not administratively over-burdened. The Foundation supports programs that take a proactive approach toward addressing specific community needs, and offer opportunities for enriched life.

International Philanthropy

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
John Deere employees help with a food drive

Request Support

Our philanthropic support aligns with our three focus areas. John Deere Foundation grants and national corporate sponsorships are given by invitation only.

Local John Deere units support their communities through grants and merchandise. To request support from your local John Deere facility, click the button below.