Union Pacific Foundation is the philanthropic offspring of Union Pacific Corporation and Union Pacific Railroad, and it places significant giving emphasis on K-12 education through its Community-Based Grant Program to communities that are "reasonably close" to Union Pacific rail lines.
Of those 22 states where Union Pacific Foundation gives, 16 of them have received K-12 education support in 2013 and/or 2014. The ones that didn't make the cut: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma. They're being explictly called out here not in the name of shame, but the in the name of opportunity. Union Pacific Foundation is absolutely willing to provide K-12 education funding in these states; if you're a non-profit K-12 education organization or program in one of them, stake your claim.
As for the other 16 with a recent history of receiving one or more K-12 education grants from Union Pacific Foundation, here's a whistle-stop state-by-state tour:
- Wisconsin: $5,000 to 5,000 to Workforce Resource in Menomonie.
- Illinois: $10,000 to the Big Shoulders Fund in Chicago.
- Missouri: $6,000 to The Magic House in St. Louis.
- Arkansas: $10,000 to the Arkansas Educational Telecommunications Network in Conway.
- Louisiana: $10,000 to the Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children in Baton Rouge.
- Texas: $20,000 to the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston.
- Nebraska: $5,000 to Girls Incorporated of Omaha.
- Minnesota: $2,500 to the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.
- Wyoming: $15,000 to Evanston Child Development Center in Mountain View.
- Utah: $1,500 to Grand County Education Foundation in Moab.
- Arizona: $5,000 to Young Arts Arizona in Phoenix.
- California: $10,000 to the Puente Learning Center in Los Angeles.
- Nevada: $4,000 to Spread the Word Nevada in Henderson.
- Idaho: $1,500 to The Cabin in Boise.
- Oregon: $5,000 to Wonderworks Children’s Museum of the Gorge in The Dalles.
- Washington: $2,500 to Communities in Schools-Washington in Federal Way.
Union Pacific Foundation makes a point of stating that it funds its grants with operating profits from its corporate side, not through an endowment. So this might also be a reminder to consider using a train for your next load of bulk freight.