2015 Year in Review

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Alleviating Poverty

Our mission is to eliminate poverty by placing people on a path to prosperity.

This builds strong economies and communities.

We focus our efforts on basic human needs, education and the environment.

We accomplish our mission through an innovative approach that addresses the root causes of poverty and facilitates collaboration among the public, private and nonprofit sectors.



This past year, the Caterpillar Foundation supported energy access policy work through investments with The ONE Campaign and United Nations Foundation. The Foundation believes energy access in Africa plays a significant role in disrupting the spiral of poverty. The ONE Campaign’s advocacy work around the Electrify Africa Act, a bill unanimously passed in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and signed into law by President Obama in early 2016, will spur the U.S. government to create investment opportunities to bring 50 million Africans power by 2020. Likewise, three billion people globally rely on solid fuels to cook, causing serious environmental and health impacts, disproportionately affecting women and children. The U.N. Foundation’s policy work is focused on promoting clean cooking solutions and universal adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels. The Foundation also provided three grants in Kenya, Ghana and Uganda to help address the market barriers that impede the production, deployment and use of clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels in developing countries. Together.Stronger.™

Opportunity International

Opportunity International provides microfinancing and education to help lift people out of poverty by giving disadvantaged populations a working chance. In support of their work, last year we invested in agricultural programs in Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda, and educational programs in Colombia, Ghana and Uganda. The agricultural programs provide banking services, financial education and training, and agricultural inputs to smallholder African farmers to help put them on a level playing field with larger farmers. The education programs are focused on providing loans and training to expand and improve schools, and ultimately, improve access to high-quality education. Together.Stronger.™

Habitat for Humanity

In 2015, the Caterpillar Foundation supported Habitat for Humanity through grants across nine communities in the United States (Tucson, Arizona; Hartford, Connecticut; Miami, Florida; Peoria, Illinois; Franklin, Indiana; Raleigh, North Carolina; Houston, Texas; Victoria, Texas; and Menominee, Wisconsin) and in Thailand.

In addition, in a separate project, Caterpillar employees at the Morton, Illinois, facility sponsored a Habitat for Humanity house for a deserving family in the local community. Approximately 500 employees across the facility volunteered their time and talents over a 10-week period to build the house. Together.Stronger.™

$46 million invested in our communities

Total Investments by Region

areas of investment

Employee Donations


Caterpillar Foundation dollar-for-dollar match to United Way


$13 million

path to prospertiy



When we invest and partner strategically and effectively, basic needs are met, education is attained, jobs are created and economies grow.

basic human needs

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • Energy
  • Disaster Relief


  • Numeracy & Literacy
  • Workforce Readiness
  • Mentoring & Leadership


  • Rebuilding Natural Infrastructure

our partners

Our philanthropic partners are making profound changes throughout the world. Our investments enable them to scale their impact.


Stay Connected to Our Progress

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