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2015 Philanthropy Scorecard

$7.35 Million

5.3% in NS Foundation
giving over 2014

$13.7 million

Combined Foundation,
corporate, business giving


Foundation grants


Foundation matching gifts

Support for communities where employees live and work

The Norfolk Southern Foundation, the company’s charitable giving arm, helps build stronger communities across the railroad’s network. In 2015, the Foundation donated nearly $7.4 million in grants to support community health and human service needs, education, arts and culture, and the environment.

In combined foundation, corporate, and business giving, NS distributed more than $13.7 million to organizations, including food banks, homeless shelters, universities, early childhood education, museums, libraries, performing arts groups, local fire and police departments, economic development groups, and conservationists.

Under a matching gift program, the Foundation in 2015 provided more than $1.7 million to nonprofits to match employee and retiree donations. In addition, the corporation distributed more than $1 million to tax-exempt organizations designated by employees as part of the company’s Good Government Fund matching contributions program. Business giving in 2015 encompassed memberships and sponsorships, including the American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Operation Lifesaver, and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Giving to help build stronger communities

  • Business & Economic Development


  • Community Relations
    United Way
    Other Health & Human Services


  • Culture & Arts


  • Education


  • Civic & Community


  • Environment


  • Matching Gifts (Employees & Retirees)
    Education (250/522 Gifts)
    Culture & Arts (202 oranizations/623 gifts)
    Environment (24 organizations/43 gifts)


  • Good Government Fund Matching Contributions


$152+ million in giving since 1983 start

Learn more about the Norfolk Southern Foundation and how to apply for a grant on the corporate website.