About the Foundation
Caterpillar Inc. supports the philanthropic efforts of the Caterpillar Foundation. Founded in 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $550 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs.
Educate Girls - Change the World
Research consistently proves that educating and empowering girls breaks the cycle of generational poverty. For each year a girl is educated, her income increases significantly, and a country's GDP increases based on the number of educated girls. Education also reduces population growth, child mortality, HIV rates, and more.
The Caterpillar Foundation is investing in 10x10, a fund to bring awareness to the challenges and value of educating girls.
Caterpillar Foundation Opening Opportunities for Girls
Last month, the Caterpillar Foundation and Diane Cullinan Oberhelman, founding partner of Cullinan Properties, invited girls from the Boys and Girls Club and the Peoria Park District's ELITE program, to Eureka College to attend a dinner for retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Eureka honored Chief Justice O'Connor as the first female Honorary Reagan Fellow; a distinction given to individuals who make significant contributions in leadership and service.
"Given Justice O'Connor's modest beginnings and professional achievements, most famously as the first woman appointed Chief Justice, we wanted girls to see themselves in her. To know they have the opportunity to be strong leaders and break down barriers like Justice O'Connor," said Latasha Gillespie, director of Global Diversity & Inclusion .
Improving Education and Gender Equity in Latin America
The Caterpillar Foundation recently partnered with The Resource Foundation to help more than 11,000 children in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The program will help children improve academic achievement, gender equity and life skills. The initiative will provide disadvantaged children with improved educational curriculum and teacher training, educational reinforcement and community support networks.