Our Vision

The Caterpillar Foundation is transforming communities to be stronger, more resilient, and more sustainable.

Our Mission

We build thriving communities by investing in the skills people need to join the modern workforce, and the natural and vital infrastructure that supports them.

Our Focus

Natural Infrastructure

We restore local ecosystems to help communities grow stronger, more resilient and more sustainable.

For instance, wetlands and marshes help improve water quality and mitigate natural disasters. In places where wetlands have been lost, flooding increases by up to 80%. Water-related disasters represent 90% of the 1,000 most severe disasters to strike across the world since 1990.

Our goal is for communities to grow strong, more resilient to shocks and stresses, and have the local infrastructure that equips them to thrive.

Access to Basic Services

We help communities gain access to the basic services like water and energy that allow them to grow stronger and become more productive.

We work with partners to install community-wide infrastructure to bring water to communities, building sustainability and resilience together. And we train workers in energy solutions  for the energy needs of communities.

By improving access to water, we especially help the women and girls who most often bear the burden of collecting water.

Workforce Readiness

We help under-served communities gain 21st century jobs, through technical education and basic computer skills.

For example, women and minorities benefit the most from workforce education: just 9% of construction and engineering trade certificates go to women. In low and middle-income communities, education gaps prevent people from gaining the skills they need to become technical workers.

We support programs that are tailored to local labor markets, where teachers are well-equipped and well-trained, and students get hands-on experience in the workplace.

STEM Education

We help students pursue and enter STEM careers, equipped with the right skills and knowledge to thrive.

We focus on expanding access to STEM education in under-served communities in the US and around the world.  For instance, less than a third of US schools with high proportions of minority students offer calculus. And less than 12% of African graduates get a STEM degree.

We support programs where STEM is taught as a unified approach that makes connections across science, technology, engineering and math.

OUR HISTORY

Launched in 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation was a natural extension of our employees’ values and culture. Along with our partners, we contribute our time and resources to promote the resilience, sustainability and economic strength of communities around the world. Since our launch, we have invested more than $650 million in organizations and programs all geared towards building communities. As Caterpillar Inc. works to build a stable societal infrastructure, the Caterpillar Foundation focuses on building thriving communities by investing in the skills people need to join the modern workforce, and the natural and vital infrastructure that supports them.