Founded in 1957, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has a long and proud history of improving the communities we serve. The foundation’s support has grown to match the growing needs of our communities, going from $3 million in contributions in 2004 to approximately $19 million in each of the past four years.

The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation funds nonprofit organizations and public agencies that support our charitable goals. The foundation’s primary philanthropic focus centers on K-12 public education and community improvement. Within these areas, Lowe’s foundation is primarily committed to supporting projects that have the greatest impact on our communities and align with our core business – home improvement. Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation graphic We believe education is the cornerstone to building bright futures and stronger communities. Our long-established commitment to improving educational opportunities is best exemplified by our signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®. Since its inception in 2006, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has contributed more than $38 million to 8,000 schools in the United States.

With schools and community groups continuing to face financial challenges, Lowe’s foundation again focused on basic needs in 2012, funding a variety of improvements for schools and community gathering places.

The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation supports partnerships with SkillsUSA®, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Keep America Beautiful and other nonprofit organizations. It’s comprised of an eight-member board of directors. The board includes representatives from various departments within Lowe’s, from store operations and human resources to the legal and tax teams, supplying a diversity of thought, leadership and experience to help shape the foundation’s work. Marshall Croom, Lowe’s chief risk officer, is chairman of the foundation. 

For more information about the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, including application guidelines, please click here.

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