Together. Stronger.

About Us

Since 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has been dedicated to transforming lives in the communities where we live and work around the world. Together with our partners, we champion programs that support education, environment and basic human needs – which help people help themselves out of poverty. The Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $715 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world.

Our Mission

The Caterpillar Foundation's mission is to alleviate poverty and place people on the path to prosperity.


Our Partners

Our Key Areas of Focus



The Foundation supports programs that achieve a measurable knowledge increase, improvement in academic progress, or employment outcomes for individuals. Access to a quality education helps break the cycle of generational poverty, contributes to business growth and builds strong economies. We invest in holistic programs that focus on:

  • Numeracy and Literacy – Providing individuals with the foundational knowledge to flourish as fully participating members of society (all ages)
  • Improving Academic Outcomes –  Ensuring individuals excel in and complete their K-12 academic programs (with a focus on community organizations offering afterschool and summer programs)
  • Financial Literacy – Providing the understanding of key financial systems to promote successful behaviors in the modern economy
  • Workforce Readiness - Obtaining the skills and training needed to find and maintain quality employment
  • Advocacy – Advocate for providing access to – and improving the quality of – education


Restoring the environment while building the local economy is critical to long-term sustainable development. We support environmental programs that focus on restoring natural infrastructure while improving the quality of life as it relates to poverty. Areas of focus include:

  • Natural Resource Management in economic growth and development
  • Promoting soil conservation
  • Reducing pollution
  • Encouraging reforestation
  • Advocacy – Provide education about restoring natural infrastructure, as well as the enforcement of existing laws

Basic Needs

When people’s basic human needs are met, they are able to more effectively pursue economic and education opportunities. We contribute to basic human needs through:

  • Food – Reducing hunger and increasing the availability of healthy, nutritious meals
  • Water – Improving access to clean water and sanitation facilities
  • Shelter – Helping people find safe, stable and long-term housing
  • Energy – Ensuring access to modern energy services as well as safe and clean cooking technologies
  • Disaster – Responding to the needs of individuals and families impacted by natural disasters
  • Advocacy – Advocate for access to basic human needs