Disaster Preparedness and Response Grainger has been a long-time partner of the Red Cross, donating more than $20 million in cash and product to the American Red Cross since 2001, and the Canadian Red Cross since 2009. In 2019, we served as a $500K member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program®.
Education and Workforce Development We invest in the future of the skilled trade workforce through our Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program. Each year, Grainger offers two scholarships of $2,000 each to participating community colleges in the United States. The scholarships are awarded to students in skilled trade, public safety and supply chain programs. Since 2006, Grainger has donated more than $5.2 million to support technical education programs. In 2019, we awarded 68 scholarships within the 42 schools that participated in the program.
To further align Grainger’s commitments to our business and long-term strategy, we are evolving our education and workforce development efforts to focus within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In 2019, Grainger established partnerships with Chicago Innovation and 1871, two startup and innovation communities in Chicago.
Veterans Grainger has a long history of supporting our veterans. In 2019, Grainger partnered with Folds of Honor to donate $100,000 for educational scholarships that are directed to the children and spouses of fallen and disabled service members. The donation doubles Grainger’s contribution from 2018 and will directly fund 20 scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each to qualified, incoming college freshmen who are pursuing degrees in engineering and technology.
Matching Gifts Program The Grainger Matching Charitable Gifts Program aims to amplify our U.S. team members’ personal community support via a 3:1 match. The company matches up to $2,500 of team-member-eligible contributions to qualifying organizations annually. In 2019, Grainger granted more than $2 million in matching gift contributions to more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations.
Grainger Community Grant Program Since its founding in 2007, the Grainger Community Grant Program, executed in partnership with The Grainger Foundation, has provided nearly $60 million to help address local community needs throughout the United States. Under the program, local leaders identified charitable organizations in their communities and made recommendations to the Foundation for grants in the areas of health and human services, food banks, civic, disaster relief and education.
The program successfully concluded in 2019. To continue the work accomplished with the Grainger Community Grant Program, the company is exploring new opportunities to support local communities and has created a task force to make recommendations on future initiatives.
The Grainger Foundation, an independent private foundation, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, the company’s founder.
Volunteerism Our team members’ commitment to local communities is a key ingredient in the success of our corporate citizenship. In 2019, team members volunteered more than 8,000 hours across more than 200 nonprofit organizations.