Social Investing: Education

Strengthening Education in Our Operating Communities

ADM Cares grants provide funding for technology and facility improvements, after-school programs, mentoring and service-learning initiatives, scholarships, and reading skills development programs. Our contributions since 2009 have included nearly US$7.5 million in grants to Central Illinois schools and not-for-profit organizations near our headquarters city of Decatur, Ill. Among other organizations and educational activities that have received ADM Cares support are:

  • Agricultural Future of America
  • Associação Centro Educacional de Ação Integrada, Bahia, Brazil  
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters   
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Jobs for America’s Graduate
  • Junior Achievement
  • Lycée Mamie Faitai de Bingerville, Côte d’Ivoire
  • National FFA Organization
  • Teach for America

In addition, ADM Cares contributes generously to support higher education, particularly in the areas of agricultural science and research:

  • In 2011, ADM established the ADM Agricultural Innovation Center at Purdue University in Indiana with a US$1.5 million grant. The center provides enhanced classroom and laboratory space, allowing for more advanced research work by the nearly 400 undergraduate and graduate students of Purdue University’s College of Agriculture.
  • In 2012, ADM announced a US$1 million grant to the University of Missouri to create the ADM Center for Agricultural Development at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
  • We also provided a US$250,000 donation to North Dakota State University for the development of a Commodity Trading Room, a teaching platform for commodity trading, risk and logistics.
  • For decades, ADM has also partnered with the Grain Science Department at Kansas State University, the only United States university to offer degrees in baking, feed and milling science management. In addition to financial support, ADM’s contributions to KSU have ranged from donations of wheat and machinery to guest lectures and trade show sponsorships. In 2013, ADM is launching a five-year sponsorship of KSU’s white wheat breeding research program.


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