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John Deere Foundation celebrates 75th anniversary

MOLINE, Ill., , the John Deere Foundation is celebrating 75 years of supporting families who live, work, and learn in John Deere home communities and around the world. With more than $400 million in giving since its inception in 1948, the Foundation has strengthened the work of thousands of non-profit organizations that create meaningful, measurable, and long-lasting impact on the lives of others

As one of the first corporate foundations established by any manufacturer in the United States, the John Deere Foundation has built upon John Deere's legacy of commitment to the people upon whom its success depends, especially our neighbors. During the toughest times, from the Farm Crisis of the 1980s to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation stepped up in John Deere home communities to make sure that those closest to us have access to nutrition, shelter, and education, all of which are vital to self-sufficiency and dignity.


In recent years, the aspirations of the John Deere Foundation have grown as John Deere's success has grown. In 2021, the Foundation announced a commitment to award at least $200 million over the next decade, and since that time has exceeded its goals, including:

  • $68 million in total giving
  • 42 million meals provided to families
  • 290,000 marginalized youth served through educational programs
  • 9.7 million smallholder farmers supported to increase their incomes and productivity

The impact of the John Deere Foundation on the lives of those it serves is made stronger by the generosity of John Deere employees. Through the Foundation's employee giving programs, which provide matched funds to non-profit organizations that employees support as volunteers and donors, John Deere's employees have helped direct over $20 million of Foundation funds into their home communities since 2021, including:

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