All of us at Monsanto are very active and proud in supporting the communities where we operate and where our farmer customers live. In 2012, Monsanto Company and Monsanto Fund―our philanthropic arm―collectively provided more than $32.2 million across the globe. Additionally, more than 4,600 employees logged more than 54,000 volunteer hours in the Americas alone.
Following are a few additional details and examples of our efforts:
- Monsanto Fund is focused on one goal: strengthening farming communities and the communities where our employees live and work. In 2012, Monsanto Fund distributed more than $18.5 million in grants and through the America’s Farmers programs. These grants provided basic education support designed to improve education in farming communities around the world, including supporting schools, libraries, science centers, farmer training programs and academic programs that enrich or supplement school programs. The grants also helped meet critical needs in communities by supporting nonprofit organizations that help with things such as food security, sanitation, access to clean water, public safety and various other local needs.
- America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is one program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to help farmers positively impact their communities by supporting local school districts. The program gives farmers the opportunity to nominate a rural public school district in their community to compete for a merit-based grant of either $10,000 or $25,000 to enhance education in the areas of math and/or science. In 2012, the program was available in 1,245 counties in 39 states, and 176 grants totaling $2.3 million were given to rural school districts.
- America’s Farmers Grow Communities, also sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, allows farmers to enter to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite community nonprofit organization, such as 4-H, FFA, schools, fire departments and other civic groups. One winner will be selected in each of 1,271 eligible counties in 39 states.
- Another program we sponsor is Invest an Acre, through which farmers can donate a portion of the crop they deliver to their elevator to Invest an Acre, and Monsanto matches each farmer’s donation dollar for dollar. This program is specifically geared toward helping the nearly 15 percent of all rural U.S. households which regularly go without food (3 million households).
In 2012, through the Monsantogether volunteer program, 4,651 employees logged 54,057 volunteer hours for 560 organizations in the Americas and generated $237,000 in volunteer service grants from the company. Our U.S. sites also joined forces in a U.S. Rural Hunger campaign (between Novembe 2012 and February 2013), in conjunction with Invest an Acre, to provide volunteer hours in local food banks and soup kitchens across the country. A total of 96 Monsanto sites participated across 20 states―all working toward a common cause to help fight rural hunger. This is a tremendous testament to the giving nature of our employees; 965 employees volunteered their time in this effort.