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Thank you for your interest in John Deere. If you would like to submit a request for support, please consider the following:

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Our focus

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

U.S. philanthropy

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.

Canada philanthropy

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 capital campaign donations to:

  • Grimsby Public Library and Welland Public Library
  • the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Woodstock General Hospital
  • McMaster University for its Athletics & Recreation Centre
  • Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute Campaign at Brock University
  • YMCA of Niagara
  • 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

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