Pentair Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Pentair Foundation supports higher education institutions across the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder makes both grants and in-kind donations.

PROFILE: Established in 1998 as the philanthropic arm of the global water, fluid, and thermal equipment protection multinational corporation, the Pentair Foundation dedicates its grantmaking on “[l]arge scale societal needs.” The foundation’s current areas of grantmaking focus include water, food, and building sustainability into its operations and products.

While the foundation does not name higher education as an area of grantmaking focus, its tax filings indicate an interest in this field.

Foundation-wide, grant amounts can go as high as $300,000; however, most grants fall in the $2,000 to $$25,000. Past higher education grantees include the Dunwoody College of Technology and the Minnesota State University Foundation.

The Pentair Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry via its website. Grantseekers may also send their applications to Pentair Foundation Administrator, 5500 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 600, Golden Valley, MN 55416. The deadline to submit applications typically falls on October 1 of every year; however, this date is subject to change. The foundation’s website is sparse on information. Grantseekers with additional questions may make their inquiries via email at


  • Randy Hogan, President
  • Safeer Mirza, Vice President
  • Erin Woodward, Foundation Administrator