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Nordson Corp Foundation

Nordson Foundation Giving Strategies

The geographic areas in which Nordson has major facilities determine the Nordson Foundation's giving priorities. 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. 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. 

Nordson Foundation Values 

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 Nordson 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 Nordson 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.              

Nordson Foundation 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

Nordson Foundation 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. Grants will be reviewed and considered on the basis of their enrichment to the communities where our employees live and work. Organizations and programs receiving grants will be expected to identify relevant, measurable outcomes to demonstrate the effectiveness of their programs.

  • 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

Human Welfare:
  • Promote prevention and lifestyle maintenance programs and activities
  • Promote crisis intervention
  • Promote life transition opportunities
  • Promote systemic 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 audience
  • Promote greater understanding among people via the arts

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

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 --  California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. 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            

See the grants we awarded in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

You must apply using our online application. Nordson does not accept paper applications. Please be advised, this is a new system, so all applicants are considered first time users.


All Nordson grant applications must include a current 501(c)3 status letter and a list of the organization's officers and directors with their affiliations. An audited financial report and an annual report may be included, as well as any other relevant paperwork.

Deadlines for submitting your Nordson grant application are:

  • Ohio (Lorain County) - February 15, May 15, August 15 and November 15
  • Ohio (Trumbull and Mahoning County, OH) - May 15
  • California (North San Diego County) - February 15, August 15 and November 15 
  • California (Santa Clara County) - May 15
  • Colorado - May 15
  • Connecticut - May 15
  • Georgia (Gwinnett County) - August 15, May 15 and November 15
  • Georgia (Emanuel County) - Starting fiscal year 2019 - February 15
  • Massachusetts - August 15
  • Minnesota - May 15
  • New Jersey - August 15
  • New Hampshire - May 15
  • Rhode Island - August 15 and February 15
  • Wisconsin - May 15

It is suggested that organizations contact the Foundation staff member who represents their geographic area before submitting an application to determine if the grant request falls within the Foundation's priorities.

How Nordson Grant Funds Are Allocated

The Foundation board of directors determines how funds are allocated based on written grant applications submitted by the applicants. The directors meet four times a year -- usually in February, April, July and October -- to allocate funds.

Ohio (Lorain County)

Cecilia H. Render, Nordson Corporation Foundation Executive Director
Joan Szczepanik, Community Relations Manager
The Nordson Corporation Foundation
28601 Clemens Road
Westlake, Ohio 44145
(440) 892-1580
E-mail: or

Ohio (Mahoning Valley)

Joan Szczepanik, Community Relations Manager
Xaloy Incorporated
375 Victoria Road
Austintown, Ohio 44515
(440) 892-1580

Georgia (Gwinnett, Dawson, and Emanuel Counties)

Cindy Baumgardner, Community Relations Manager
Nordson Corporation
11475 Lakefield Drive
Duluth, Georgia 30097
(770) 497-3672

Colorado (Larimer County and Vicinity)

Sara Vaz, Community Relations Manager
805 West 71st Street
Loveland, Colorado 80538
(760) 930-7246

California (North San Diego & Santa Clara Counties)

Sara Vaz, Community Relations Manager
Nordson ASYMTEK - Nordson MARCH - Nordson YESTECH
2747 Loker Avenue West
Carlsbad, California 92010
(760) 930-7246

Connecticut (New London and Windham Counties)
Lorie Mendoza, Community Relations Manager
Plas-Pak Industries
10 Connecticut Avenue
Norwich Industrial Park, Norwich, Connecticut 06360
(440) 892-1580

Rhode Island (Providence County)

Lorie Mendoza, Community Relations Manager
Nordson EFD - Rhode Island
40 Catamore Boulevard
East Providence, Rhode Island 02914-1378
(440) 892-1580

Massachusetts (Worcester County and the cities of Marlborough and Framingham)

Lorie Mendoza, Community Relations Manager
Vention Medical
261 Cedar Hill Street
Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752
(440) 892-1580


Cindy Baumgardner, Community Relations Manager
7125 Northland Terrace North, Ste. 200
Brooklyn Park, MN  55428
(770) 497-3672

New Hampshire (New Hampshire Cities: Salem, Nashua, and Manchester; Massachusetts Cities: Lowell, Chelmsford, Billerica, Dracut, Tewksbury, Haverhill, and Lawrence)

Lorie Mendoza, Community Relations Manager
Vention Medical
29 Northwestern Drive
Salem, New Hampshire 03079
(440) 892-1580

New Jersey (Mercer County)

Lorie Mendoza, Community Relations Manager
8 Applegate Drive
Robbinsville, New Jersey 08691

Wisconsin (Chippewa Valley)

Cindy Baumgardner, Community Relations Manager
EDI Corporate
911 Kurth Road
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729