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Bnsf Foundation

Category: Regional

The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad. Its mission is to support and improve the general welfare and quality of life in the communities served by BNSF. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting its communities in 28 states where employees live, work, and volunteer. Eligible programs and organizations should serve a community near one of BNSF’s rail lines. Funding categories are: civic, cultural, educational, health and human services, youth organizations, and federated organizations such as the United Way and the American Red Cross. Civic grants fund organizations that are concerned about the environment as well as those involved in crime prevention, parks and recreation, diversity, and community development. Cultural grants support performing, visual, and fine arts, museums, and other related activities offering opportunities for underserved children to experience cultural learning events. The majority of the Foundation’s educational grants are awarded to public and private colleges and universities although some are made to vocational and non-college schools. Health and human services grants support programs that address chemical dependency treatment and prevention, spouse and child abuse, women’s and children’s aid, and transitional shelters. This category includes hospitals and medical programs. Funded youth programs include the Boys & Girls Clubs, Campfire Girls, Scouts, Junior Achievement, and similar groups. Additional information can be found on the Web site.

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