The Norfolk Southern Foundation, the charitable giving affiliate of Norfolk Southern Corporation, awarded nearly $6.2 million in grants during 2011 to nonprofit, charitable organizations, an 11 percent increase over 2010.
“At Norfolk Southern we believe that service includes serving the communities where we operate our trains and where our employees live and work in addition to providing safe transportation for our customers’ freight,” said NS CEO Wick Moorman, who is also chairman of the United Way of South Hampton Roads 2011-2012 fund-raising campaign. “Through the Norfolk Southern Foundation, we are focused on helping to build and nurture communities in our 22-state rail network through our charitable giving programs.”
The Foundation contributes to organizations supporting its four priorities: providing food and shelter to those in need; expanding educational opportunities for children; helping conserve the environment and promoting the arts and culture.
In response to a sharp rise in grant requests and cutbacks in public funding, Norfolk Southern has increased the Foundation’s budget for 2012 by 13 percent to $7 million. In coming years, the Foundation aims to provide additional funding for health and human services organizations, groups working to preserve the environment in areas where the railroad operates and to the local discretion grant program.
The Norfolk Southern Foundation will accept grants for 2013 funding July 15-Sept. 30, 2012. For information about the Foundation, and eligibility and application procedures, visit Norfolk Southern Foundation.