Graco Inc.

Graco Foundation


Graco Foundation – 2017 Community Report

PLEASE NOTE: The Graco Foundation accepts new grant applications by invitation only.
No unsolicited grants will be accepted.

Corporate Profile
Founded in 1926, Graco is a world leader in fluid handling systems and components. Graco products move, measure, control, dispense and spray a wide range of fluids and viscous materials used in lubrication, commercial and industrial settings. The Company's success is based on its unwavering commitment to technical excellence, world-class manufacturing and superior customer service. The Company has corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and employs approximately 3,500 people worldwide. Graco common stock (ticker symbol: GGG) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Company is also committed to the communities in which it does business. Through the Graco Foundation, 2017 contributions reached $1,080,712.

Funding Priorities
The Foundation's goal is to help organizations grow their ability to serve community needs through grants focused on capital projects, specific programs and technology needs. Priority will be given to organizations that have a proven track record of enabling people to be self-sufficient and more productive. Emphasis will be placed on educational programs, especially STEM programs; human service programs promoting workforce development; and youth development. Organizations located in neighborhoods close to Graco Inc. facilities and employees' homes are of special interest to the Foundation.

In order to have the resources to address these focus areas and have a significant impact on grantee organizations, the Foundation has a preference for large one-time capacity building grants rather than operating grants. The maximum commitment per capital campaign is $150,000. Additionally, grants within a two-year period are generally not considered.

Graco Gives
Through the Employee Giving Campaign, every contribution made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations is matched $1 for $1 up to a maximum contribution of $2,500 per employee. In 2017, employee gifts of $190,462 were matched by the Graco Foundation, resulting in more than $380,000 donated to 331 nonprofit organizations. Employees also raised proceeds to benefit the 2017 employee-elected charity of choice, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Dollars for Doers Program
Through the Dollars for Doers Program, the Foundation donates $1,000 to any eligible nonprofit organization where an employee has volunteered 50 hours or more, or $500 to an organization where an employee has volunteered 25 hours or more. Time that a spouse or dependent of a Graco employee volunteers may be counted toward the volunteer hours. Dollars for Doers support in 2017 totaled $133,000.

Scholarship Program
The Foundation also sponsors a scholarship program for college-age children of Graco employees. Scholarship support in 2017 totaled $103,250.

Grant Requests
If the Graco Foundation invites your organization to submit a grant request, please include a cover letter, on organizational letterhead, describing your program and how it fits our focus areas. In addition, each proposal should contain:

  • brief description of the organization's history;
  • program objectives;
  • clients served;
  • budget, including program expenses and revenue sources;
  • program evaluation methods and results;
  • list of corporate and foundation donors;
  • list of the Board of Directors;
  • copy of 501(c)(3) or other tax exempt confirmation;
  • copy of most recent IRS form 990; and
  • copy of most recent audit.

The Graco Foundation requires all grantees to complete a final project report. Reports must be completed no later than one year after the initial grant payment. Organizations with overdue final reports are ineligible to apply for future funding until the final report is received and approved by Foundation staff.

Final reports should include the following information:

  • brief summary of project and an outline of original goals and objectives;
  • details of project accomplishments including outcomes, evaluation methods and impact on organization;
  • description of population served through the project - including numbers and demographics;
  • explanation of any unanticipated changes and/or problems and how they were resolved; and
  • project budget including actual income and expenses (please include original budget and list of additional funders).

The Foundation focus does not allow grants for:

  • organizations or causes that do not directly impact Graco communities;
  • political campaigns;
  • individuals;
  • religious organizations for religious purposes;
  • fund-raising;
  • travel;
  • special events, dinners, courtesy advertising;
  • fraternal organizations;
  • staff or personnel overhead;
  • national or local campaigns for disease research;
  • first time general operating grants; or
  • product donations.

Charlotte Boyd
Community Relations and Graco Foundation Secretary
Graco Foundation
P.O. Box 1441
Minneapolis, MN 55440-1441

2017 Grants

One-Time Capacity-Building Grants

  • Avivo – data management software: $30,000
  • Dunwoody College of Technology – machine purchase: $62,500
    (additional $62,500 contributed by Graco Inc.)
  • HOPE 4 Youth – re-sale boutique and employment program: $20,000
  • PYC Arts & Tech High School and the Capri Theatre – technology-focused facilities within the Capri Renaissance Campaign: $100,000
  • Summit Academy OIC – 1,000 GED Campaign: $150,000

Program Grants

  • AchieveMpls STEP-UP Achieve Program: $20,000
  • Dunwoody College of Technology Youth Career Awareness Program: $15,000
  • FIRST Robotics at Edison High School: $12,500
  • Metro Paint-A-Thon: $12,500
  • Page Education Foundation: $12,000

Scholarship Grants

  • Alexandria Technical College: $10,000
  • Anoka Technical College: $10,000
  • Dunwoody College of Technology: $10,000
  • Gannon University: $10,000
  • Hennepin Technical College: $10,000
  • Lake Area Technical Institute: $10,000
  • Minneapolis Community & Technical College: $10,000
  • Minnesota Private College Fund: $40,000
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology: $10,000
  • South Dakota State University: $10,000
  • St. Paul College: $10,000
  • Stark State College Foundation: $10,000
  • United Negro College Fund: $15,000
  • University of Akron: $10,000
  • University of Minnesota: $20,000
  • University of Sioux Falls: $10,000
  • Washtenaw Community College: $10,000