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The Cummins Foundation

The Cummins Foundation was created in 1954, 35 years after Cummins was founded. It was one of the early corporate foundations and is part of the global giving arm of Cummins Inc. It makes grants primarily in Cummins’ communities around the world and for projects that engage Cummins employees.

Grants and Programs

Grant requests to The Cummins Foundation for Cummins’ communities should be developed and submitted through the Community Involvement Teams.

The Foundation funds only 501(c)3 non-profit organizations or equivalent charitable international organizations.

The Foundation does not fund:

  • Medical or disease-related organizations
  • Capital campaigns
  • Individuals or business start-ups
  • Product donations
  • Religious activities, in whole or in part, for the purpose of furthering religious doctrine; faith-based organizations must provide service to all clients regardless of denomination
  • Projects or services that could be considered to benefit the Company.

Foundation programs include:

  • Matching Grants: Employees’ charitable contributions are matched by the Foundation through the North American United Way campaign and Company-established global matching programs. These programs give Cummins employees options to donate to local organizations and projects that are meaningful to them.
  • Community Development Grants: Grants used by qualifying community partners to make an impact in the communities where Cummins does business. Requests are made by Community Involvement Teams on behalf of the community partner and should provide opportunities for employees to engage with the community partner in a meaningful way, as well as demonstrate capability for long-term sustainability. The Foundation will only consider non-profit organizations that are non-discriminatory in their policies and practices with regard to physical or mental abilities, gender, race, age, sexual orientation, ethnic origin and/or creed.
  • Incubator Grants: Grants designed to provide start-up funds for projects in two categories: 1) energy efficiency and 2) water conservation, protection and access. Incubator Grants are designed to support employee projects that involve technology applications or the use of technical skills to solve environmental problems in the communities where Cummins does business.
  • Architecture Grants for Bartholomew County: Investing in a vibrant and economically viable community in our headquarters location of Columbus, Ind., has long been an important objective for Cummins. The Cummins Foundation will recommend architects and provide funds for the design portion of the architect fees for selected public projects to encourage architectural excellence in Bartholomew County. To learn more, please click here [LINK].
    In addition, Cummins has two international foundations in India and Mexico: Associacion Filantropica Cummins (AFIC), Mexico and Cummins India Foundation (CIF), India.

Contact Information:
The Cummins Foundation
500 Jackson Street
M.C. 60633
Columbus, IN 47201
Fax: (812) 377-7897
Email: cummins.foundation@cummins.com

Foundation Reports:

2012 Foundation Tax Return

2011 Foundation Tax Return

2010 Foundation Tax Return

2009 Foundation Tax Return

2008 Foundation Tax Return 

Cummins has a long history of corporate responsibility, based on the framework of linking the impact on our stakeholders to responsible business decisions. In addition, Cummins has invested talent, passion, and resources into trying to solve problems in our communities and society as a whole since the Company's inception in 1919. Cummins firmly believes a company is only as healthy as the communities where it does business.