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About the Foundation

 

The Nordson Corporation Foundation consolidates philanthropic resources dedicated by Nordson Corporation to address community needs. The Nordson Corporation Foundation operates on the belief that business, as a corporate citizen, has a social responsibility to share its success with the communities where it operates and draws employees. Since 1989, the Foundation has awarded nearly $40 million in grants. 

During FY2012, The Nordson Corporation Foundation extended 188 grants totaling more than $2.8 million. For a listing of organizations that received grants from The Nordson Corporation Foundation, please refer to the Grant List.

Giving Strategies

The geographic areas in which Nordson has major facilities determine the Foundation's giving priorities.  These include Lorain County in Ohio; Gwinnett, Dawson, and Emanuel Counties in Georgia; Providence, Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts; North San Diego County, California; Mercer County, New Jersey; Chippewa County, Wisconsin; Mahoning County, Ohio and Lawrence County, Pennsylvania; and Larimer County, Colorado.  

 Within these geographic areas, granting priorities are driven by community needs.  Although needs change quickly, our vision is long term.  We pursue and support results-oriented opportunities that prepare individuals for full and equal participation in the economic and social mainstream.  We believe these kinds of programs help improve the quality of life over the long term and produce stronger, more enlightened communities in which we live and work.  We strive to fulfill these responsibilities in our communities through contributions to charitable activities with a focus on education.  Other major giving categories that are supported are human welfare, civic affairs and arts and culture.


Mission

The Nordson Corporation Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our communities by improving educational outcomes that enable individuals to become self-sufficient, active participants in the community.  


Values/Rationale  

In the spirit of our corporate founders, the Nordson Corporation Foundation continues to operate on the belief that business, as a corporate citizen, has a social responsibility to share its success with the communities where it operates and draws employees.  

The Foundation is dedicated to improving our communities by supporting the continuum of education from birth to adulthood in the belief that education is the key for individuals to become self-sufficient, productive members of society.  

To prepare individuals for economic independence, a variety of quality educational experiences are necessary.  To be successful today, individuals not only need to master the basics, “reading, writing and arithmetic”, they must also know how to think critically and creatively.  Strengthening the community’s human capital – through quality education – is crucial.  

The Foundation offers support to non-profit organizations that cultivate educational curriculum and experiences that foster self-sufficiency, job readiness and goals to aspire to higher education.  The Foundation is well aware of the fact that for non-profit organizations to remain viable they must receive operating support.  With this in mind, Nordson Corporation Foundation does invest in general operating support.  

As stewards of the Foundation assets, the directors feel strongly that the organizations that are supported by the Foundation be able to measure the effectiveness of their mission and programs.  Quantitative and/or qualitative data allows for the Foundation to ensure that the organizations it supports are bringing about the desired outcomes in our communities.              

Goals

The goals of the Nordson Corporation Foundation are to insure that:

  • All children have access to and receive quality educational experiences from early childhood  
  • All individuals have the opportunity to be self-sufficient members of society 
  • There is a continuum of quality educational opportunities 
  • Our communities are strengthened by the organizations we fund whether their focus is education, human welfare, civic or arts and culture

Funding Strategy

Through its grant-making, the Foundation supports organizations that directly or indirectly seek to maximize success before, during and beyond the traditional classroom years.

Education

  • Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Maximizing Student Success
  • Access to quality educational opportunities
  • Innovative programs
  • Partnerships/collaborations with school districts
  • Funding gaps not covered by public monies
  • Augmenting core curriculum
  • Exposure to programs that expand on traditional education
  • Workforce Preparation
  • Initial preparation for the world of work
  • Retraining for the new job market
  • Strengthening our communities

Grants will be reviewed and considered on the basis of their enrichment to the communities where our employees live and work.  

 

Human Welfare

  • Promote prevention and lifestyle maintenance programs and activities
  • Promote crisis intervention
  • Promote life transition opportunities
  • Promote systemic and/or policy change

 

Arts and Culture

  • Actively seek to broaden the audience bases in Nordson communities
  • Support the visual and performing arts
  • Provide educational enrichment for students
  • Motivation for at-risk youth
  • Provide access to the arts for special needs audiences
  • Promote greater understanding among people via the arts

 

Civic

  • Work to improve the physical or economic environment
  • Provide cultural or historical preservation
  • Strive to inform citizens and increase their participation in community improvement

 Organizations and programs receiving grants will be expected to identify relevant, measurable outcomes to demonstrate the effectiveness of their programs.

 

Who Is Eligible?

 The Nordson Corporation Foundation makes grants only to tax-exempt organizations, as defined in Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, based in geographic areas where Nordson facilities and employees are located -- Lorain County in Ohio; Gwinnett, Dawson, and Emanuel Counties in Georgia; Providence, Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts; North San Diego County, California; Mercer County, New Jersey; Chippewa County, Wisconsin; Mahoning County, Ohio and Lawrence County, Pennsylvania; and Larimer County, Colorado. Generally, the Foundation makes grants directly to the recipient organization and does not participate in fundraising activities.

Nordson Corporation Foundation does not fund:

  • Organizations whose services are not provided within the Foundation's geographic areas of interest
  • Direct grants or scholarships to individuals
  • Organizations not eligible for tax-deductible support
  • Organizations not exempt under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
  • Organizations which discriminate on the basis of race, sex or religion
  • Health/Medical
  • Loans
  • Endowments  
  • Membership Drives            
  • Travel            

 

Foundation Board of Directors

Michael F. Hillton, President and CEO

Doug Bloomfield, Vice President

Beverly J. Coen, Chief Tax and Risk Officer

John J. Keane, Sr. Vice President

Peter Lambert, Sr. Vice President

Shelly Peet, Vice President

Greg Thaxton, CFO

  

Foundation Staff

Amonica Davis, Student Outreach Specialist

Kathy Ladiner, Nordson Corporation Foundation Grants Manager & Matching Gifts Coordinator

Cindy Baumgardner, Nordson Corporation Foundation Program Officer

Joan Szczepanik, Nordson Corporation Foundation Program Officer

Cecilia H. Render, Nordson Corporation Foundation Executive Director