Donaldson Foundation awards National FFA Foundation $100,000 for environmental, hunger initiative grants to local FFA chapters nationwide

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CONTACT
Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Foundation
DBrodt@FFA.org
888-332-2589

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, May 2, 2013/National FFA Foundation) – The Donaldson Foundation, which funds charitable causes on behalf of global filtration systems manufacturer Donaldson Company, has awarded the National FFA Foundation $100,000 for the distribution of environmental and hunger-fighting grants to qualifying FFA chapters throughout the country.

FFA has received $50,000 to utilize for the award of environmental grants and $50,000 to support FFA: Food For All grants.

Last year, 74 FFA chapters in 27 states and Puerto Rico developed plans to tackle an environmental issue in their communities and received up to $2,000 each from the National FFA Organization's Living to Serve: Environmental Grant program. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year. FFA chapters who have applied for environmental grants through FFA will be announced Aug. 5-9.

This year, 132 FFA chapters in 42 states were awarded FFA: Food For All grants that will help local FFA members fight hunger in their communities. FFA chapters received up to $2,500 each to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger programs. A total of $320,000 in grants was awarded to FFA chapters this year.

Established in 1966, the Donaldson Foundation strives to make a positive impact in communities in which its employees live and work by supporting education. To learn more about the Donaldson Foundation, visit http://www.donaldson.com/en/about/community/foundation.html.

Donaldson Company (NYSE: DCI) is a worldwide provider of filtration systems that protect the environment. More than 12,800 employees work at more than 140 sales, manufacturing and distribution locations throughout the world. Donaldson Company is a member of the S&P MidCap 400 and Russell 1000 indices. For more, visit www.donaldson.com.

The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at http://www.FFA.org/Give.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About Donaldson Foundation
Established in 1966, the Donaldson Foundation funds charitable causes on behalf of Donaldson Company, Inc. Its mission is to positively impact the communities in which its employees live and work by supporting education. To learn more about the Donaldson Foundation, visit the website at http://www.donaldson.com/en/about/community/foundation.html.

About Donaldson Company
Donaldson is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems that improve people's lives, enhance our Customers' equipment performance, and protect our environment. We are a technology-driven Company committed to satisfying our Customers' needs for filtration solutions through innovative research and development, application expertise, and global presence. Our 12,800 employees contribute to the Company's success by supporting our Customers at our more than 140 sales, manufacturing, and distribution locations around the world. Donaldson is a member of the S&P MidCap 400 and Russell 1000 indices, and our shares trade on the NYSE under the symbol DCI. Additional information is available at www.donaldson.com.