The BNSF Railway Foundation invests in the communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work and volunteer. Recent donations include:
Supporting Puget Sound Neighbors in Need
Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund makes grants for rapid deployment to community organizations supporting local families and workers most impacted by the coronavirus crisis. The BNSF Railway Foundation is proud to support the Fund in helping the Seattle region’s most vulnerable with emergency assistance, such as financial support, healthcare and childcare.
Donating Funds to combat COVID-19 in Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington
A coalition of government, philanthropic and business partners have teamed up to create two COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funds that will directly supply resources to organizations at the forefront of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic in Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington. A BNSF Railway Foundation donation will support the work medical providers, emergency workers and businesses are doing to address the crisis. BNSF joins Innovia Foundation, Spokane County United Way, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others in the coalition.
Funding Educational Activities for Underserved Youth
The Passport to Opportunity Program, operated by Spokane nonprofit Spark Central, breaks barriers underserved youth might have to creative and innovative educational activities. The BNSF Railway Foundation donated $1,500 to fund tools like screen-printing supplies and science kits. The financial support assists West Central Spokane youth, many of which live below the poverty line.
Inspiring Children to Succeed
The BNSF Railway Foundation recently donated $5,000 to Camp Fire Central Puget Sound. The youth development organization aims to inspire and enable children from all backgrounds and abilities to discover their passion, ignite a commitment to service and drive our future generations to succeed. Camp Fire programs include summer camps, mentorship programs and outdoor education programs.
Encouraging Learning When School’s Out
School’s Out Washington is an organization that serves Washington’s youth outside the traditional school day. The BNSF Railway Foundation donated $3,000 to the nonprofit’s Feed Your Brain project which provides funding and training for schools, organizations and tribes operating summer learning programs and experiences in rural communities in Central and Eastern Washington.
Sheltering Families with Children
The BNSF Railway Foundation recently donated $5,000 to Renton-based social service organization Vision House. The nonprofit aims to break the cycle of homelessness for families with children living in Renton and Shoreline regardless of race, religion or nationality. The organization believes a healthy home is a basic human right, providing roofs for families who need them the most.