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Caterpillar Foundation

Manager: Cheryl Mirer
Priority: Open


Established in 1952 in IL.


education, environment, basic human needs, mathematics, science, engineering/technology


Giving primarily in areas of company operations in North Little Rock, AR, Tucson, AZ, San Diego, CA, Griffin, LaGrange, and Spalding, GA, Aurora, Decatur, Joliet, and Pontiac, IL, Franklin and Lafayette, IN, Wamego, KS, Danville, KY, Minneapolis, MN, Boonville and West Plains, MO, Boonville, Corinth, and Prentiss, MS, Cary, Clayton, Morgantown, Sanford, and Winston-Salem, NC, Fargo, ND, Sumter, SC, Victoria, TX, and Milwaukee, WI, with emphasis on Peoria, IL.

No grants to individuals, or for graduate student scholarships or fellowships, capital campaigns, building construction, debt reduction, development or production of books, videos, films, or television programs, research papers or articles in professional journals, endowments, general operating or agency programs funded by the United Way, political causes, research, sponsorships, tickets, or advertising for fund-raising, or travel; no product or service donations; no loans.


Total giving: $55,998,836

Qualifying distributions: $57,564,907

Giving activities include:

$55,998,836 for 1151 grants (high: $6,225,421; low: $50)


  • $6,291,050 to United Way, Heart of Illinois, Peoria, IL, in 2012.
  • $3,801,634 to International Youth Foundation, Baltimore, MD, in 2012.
  • $3,000,000 to World Resources Institute, Washington, DC, in 2012.
  • $2,021,846 to Akshaya Patra Foundation, Bangalore, India, in 2012.
  • $1,379,332 to Bradley University, Peoria, IL, in 2012.
  • $100,000 to Give2Asia, San Francisco, CA, in 2012.
  • $25,000 to United Way Worldwide, Alexandria, VA, in 2012.
  • $5,000 to Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT, in 2012.