Eaton Charitable Contributions Program

Contact: Nancy Utter

1111 Superior Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44114

Tel: (216) 523-5000

Fax: (216) 479-7014

Web: corp/contribute/index.html

Schools and districts in 25 states might be able to take advantage of a grant program offered by the Eaton Corp. Eaton is a global manufacturer of highly engineered products that serve industrial, vehicle construction, commercial, and semiconductor markets.

The company offers direct grant opportunities to public schools and other non-profit organizations for projects that attract students to the study of math, science, and technology, among other program areas.

The program’s goal is to “spark student interest in math, science, and technology during their formative years, so that they will pursue careers in technical fields such as engineering or computer science,” Eaton says.

Last year, the company awarded $537,970 in direct grants to schools in this area of giving. Overall, direct grants for education totaled close to $1.5 million in 1998. Grants range from the small ($1,000 and under), to upwards of $50,000.

The Eaton Charitable Fund favors requests for programs or projects located in an Eaton community (see the list on its web site). The company also requires that a local Eaton manager be involved in the application process and gives priority to programs that involve Eaton employees.

Ideally, a proposal would be presented first to a local Eaton manager, who would then assist in the shaping of the application and serve as the sponsor for the request. The manager submits the application to company’s Corporate Contributions Committee, a body of Eaton officers and dedicated staff. The committee meets regularly to review funding requests and provides written notification of its response to the requests.

Programs should have clearly defined objectives, measurable end results, and use periodic benchmarks to evaluate progress. Eaton says organizations approved for funding are expected to be efficiently administered, use ethical methods of fundraising, have adequate budgetary controls, and provide accurate information with grant requests.

Written proposals should include:

• The organization’s history and purpose

• A description of what will be accomplished during the grant period

• An explanation of how the program’s effectiveness will be


• Identification of other organizations involved in funding the program

• Names of Eaton employees and a description of their involvement, if applicable

• Recently audited financial statements and current budget

• Names of other corporate donors and gift amounts committed

• Names of officers and directors or trustees of the organization

• Official government documentation of non-profit status

One example of a successful grant application is that of Belmond Community School District in Iowa. Working with a local Eaton facility manager, the Belmond district secured a $50,000 grant to set up an industrial technology lab in its high school.

The district used the grant to purchase 15 computers and computer-aided design (CAD) software for the lab. The purpose of the project was to give students experience with the same equipment they might encounter in college or on the job.

Lake Elementary School in Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio, was awarded a $5,000 grant from Eaton. The school used the funds in combination with a state grant for the same amount for a network and wiring project and to set up research stations in its media center.

In addition to direct cash grants, Eaton also offers public schools opportunities to earn matching gifts. Eaton matches dollar-for-dollar (up to $5,000 per year) the individual gifts made to schools by its employees, retirees, and directors.

Gift matching grants for education totaled $364,871 in 1998.

States with Eaton facilities (check Eaton’s web site for specific communities with Eaton operations):
















New York

North Carolina




South Carolina