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How the Dow Corning Foundation gives back

Here are examples of programs and projects that have received grants from the Dow Corning Foundation and the foundation’s Donor Advised Funds in the USA:

> Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education grants
> Community vitality grants – quality of life
> Sustainability innovation grants
> Regional grants – Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education grants

Bay City Science Center in Bay City, Michigan – Provided funding to refurbish science kits used in the Bay City Science Kit curriculum for elementary and middle school students.

Camp Invention® (National Inventors Hall of Fame) – Provided grants for scholarships to Camp Invention® for students in Kentucky, North Carolina and Michigan. This week long summer enrichment program for children in grades one through six instills problem-solving and teamwork skills through hands-on activities. Hear what Freeland, Michigan, student Grace has to say about the program. Watch the YouTube video.

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System in Clarksville, Tennessee – Helped expand the number of conceptual physics classes and supported the purchase and integration of new equipment for a pilot program that allows a hands-on learning approach for high-achieving students in math and science. The program presents students with challenges and problem-solving techniques related to the solar industry.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library – Established Dolly Parton Imagination Libraries in Carrollton, Kentucky, and Saginaw, Michigan. These programs, which are offered through the Carroll County Education Excellence Foundation and the United Way of Saginaw County, provide one age-appropriate book per month to children under age 5.

Science North's WaterWorks Exhibit – Sponsored the national tour of WaterWorks: Soak Up the Science (PDF), a 6,000-square-foot, hands-on exhibit produced by Science North, Canada’s world-renowned science center. The exhibit visited museums and science centers across the United States, including the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art in Midland, Michigan.

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Community vitality grants – quality of life

Andersen Park – Helped fund the “reinvention” of the City of Saginaw, Michigan’s, Andersen Water Park. This included the addition of a children’s splash park and a skate park to provide a safe, accessible place to play.

Boy Scouts of America, Lake Huron Council – Assisted with the expansion of the Scoutreach program, a Boy Scouts of America after-school program for boys and girls emphasizing service to rural and urban areas, as well as minority populations, in the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan.

Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton, Kentucky – Purchased four new hospital beds for the hospital as part of a community-funded hospital renovation.

Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland in Elizabethtown, Kentucky – Assisted in providing backpacks filled with food for low-income students. Feeding America is the United States’ leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

United Way of Bay County – Provided funding to help renovate the United Way Non-Profit Center in Bay City, Michigan. This 15,000-square-foot facility houses five nonprofit organizations.

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Sustainability innovation grants

Arnold Center – Contributed toward the purchase of a new, sustainable commercial paper shredding and recycling system for the center. The center is a nonprofit rehabilitation organization that serves residents of Midland, Gladwin and surrounding counties in Michigan.

Chippewa Nature Center – Helped fund the construction of the center’s new LEED-certified Nature Preschool building in Midland, Michigan. The building houses a program that uses the natural world as a catalyst for children’s growth and development. The grant also helped fund the renovation of the Visitor Center.

Houghton-Jones Neighborhood Task Force – Funded an irrigation system that supports the “All Around the Neighborhood: Great Kids, Great Promise” project for youth ages 6 to 13 in the Houghton-Jones neighborhood of Saginaw, Michigan. The project incorporates gardening concepts to teach students how to plant, manage and sell their harvest at the Houghton-Jones Neighborhood Farmer’s Market.

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Regional grants – Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan

1000 Leaders Initiative – Provided funding for a program that provides training for community leaders in the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan to raise their effectiveness at work, home and in the community so they can make a positive impact on the region.

Creation of the Dow Corning Foundation Donor Advised Funds – The Dow Corning Foundation Donor Advised Funds support local and regional grants in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region. Through these funds, the Dow Corning Foundation makes annual contributions to three local community foundations. The community foundations use these contributions to distribute grants to local causes that align with the Dow Corning Foundation’s mission.

Regional Youth Leadership Program at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) – Through the Donor Advised Funds the Dow Corning Foundation funded opportunities for high school leaders from diverse racial, cultural and socioeconomic communities in the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan and SVSU mentors to gain valuable leadership training and acquire new skills that will help them lead in any community improvement projects.

Society of Plastics Engineers – Funded education outreach through the PlastiVan program, which visits schools throughout mid-Michigan, sparking curiosity in students while increasing their knowledge of the contribution plastics make to modern life.

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