Caterpillar Foundation

While the COVID-19 pandemic has put many of the nation's activities and events on hold, The AED Foundation (AEDF) perseveres as it continues to meet its Vision 2024 goals. Through the pandemic, AEDF has adapted to continue to fit the needs of students and schools across the country to help students graduate from AEDF's recognized high school programs.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Caterpillar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Caterpillar Inc., originally announced a commitment of $8.5 million to support global communities. Part of the funding included a 2:1 match for a limited time for United States employee and retiree donations made to eligible nonprofits.

The Caterpillar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Caterpillar Inc., announced a commitment to help fight racism and social injustice. To honor the lives lost and keep with its mission, the Caterpillar Foundation is donating $1 million split between the following two organizations ($500,000 each): The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment, challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting fundamental human rights for the most vulnerable in our society.

The AED Foundation (AEDF) has developed a plan to stimulate growth in the industry and address the technician shortage, titled Vision 2024. Goals of this plan include: 100 Accredited College Programs 50 Recognized High School Programs 10,000 Skilled Technicians Entering the Workforce 500 Certified Managers 10,000 Tests Administered 5,000 Certified Technicians Vision 2024 is a call to action for high school students and established industry technicians alike to develop skills through AEDF recognized programs and certifications.

For many, Black Friday marks the kickoff to the holiday season, followed closely by Cyber Monday. But in recent years, another day has gained ground in capturing the spirit of the season: Giving Tuesday. As its name implies, Giving Tuesday is all about supporting those in need.

A substantial donation from the Caterpillar Foundation is helping to feed Illinois residents. The Peoria Area Food Bank recently announced a grant from the Foundation totaling $169,034 for needy families in Peoria and Tazewell counties, Central Illinois Proud reported.

Feeding America, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization, announced Oct. 3, a $1.3 million gift from the Caterpillar Foundation to help more than 500,000 people who struggle with hunger in 38 counties across the country. This gift will benefit 30 Feeding America member food banks, providing four million meals locally to children and families in need.

The Caterpillar Foundation – well known for supporting and empowering women and girls in developing countries – was founded in 1952 and transforms lives by awarding global development grants to alleviate poverty. Through initiatives that focus on education, disaster relief and the environment, the foundation has a huge positive impact on the world.