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History of Nordson Philanthropy

The Nordson Corporation Foundation has origins that date to 1952 when the U.S. Automatic Corporation, under the leadership of Walter G. Nord, established The U.S. Automatic Foundation. 

In 1966, U.S. Automatic merged with Nordson Corporation, and soon after the foundation name was changed to Nordson Foundation. The present name, The Nordson Corporation Foundation, was adopted in 1988 when the original foundation was dissolved to create two separate entities. The second is the Nord Family Foundation. Today, the two foundations operate independently of one another.

Walter G. Nord, the company founder, established the initial foundation based on a philosophy of corporate giving that has been carried through more than fourdecades and is shared by Nordson’s management team today. That philosophy states “Nordson Corporation, as a corporate citizen of communities where it does business, will recognize its social responsibilities by sharing its financial success in ways that improve the quality of life for its employees, their families and its neighbors.”

In the early 1950s, the company began committing a percentage of annual profits to charitable uses, primarily in Lorain County, Ohio. As the company grew in size and Doughmangeographic scope, it adopted the policy of setting aside an average of 5 percent of domestic pretax earnings for philanthropic purposes in all U.S. communities where Nordson has major facilities.   

Today, the tradition of corporate giving continues and is reflected in Nordson’s multi-faceted contributions program, including: The Nordson Corporation Foundation; the employee Time ‘n Talent volunteer program; the Matching Gifts Program that matches employee and retiree donations to nonprofit organizations and schools; the annual United Way Campaign where the company matches donations from employees and retirees; the Nordson Depot, a renovated train depot that is dedicated to Evan Nord and James C. Doughman, providing free meeting space to nonprofit and civic groups; and numerous in-kind donations including contributions of equipment to Universities for educational purposes.  

Today, the tradition of corporate giving continues. Nordson continues to commit 5 percent of pretax domestic earnings for charitable purposes in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. For more specifics on our geographic focus, please read the information found here.