OMAHA, Neb., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Union Pacific Foundation is granting $7.4 million in 2011 to continue funding The Principals' Partnership and hundreds of projects submitted by nonprofit organizations.
Now in its 10th year, The Principals' Partnership is the Union Pacific Foundation's signature giving program. It will continue to serve as a professional resource to 1,000 public high schools in 21 states. Additionally, the foundation is providing grants to 760 charitable organizations in 22 states.
"We remain extremely committed to the efforts of The Principals' Partnership," said Robert W. Turner, Union Pacific senior vice president for corporate relations and Union Pacific Foundation president. "High school principals play a vital role in shaping their students' futures. Providing principals with professional resources helps them make positive changes in their schools and provides us the opportunity to connect with the communities we serve.
"We also recognize the important role so many organizations play in improving the quality of life in our communities."
The Principals' Partnership assists approximately 1,000 principals responsible for more than one million students. The program fulfills principals' leadership needs through a number of opportunities, including research, networking and workshops. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, The Principals' Partnership starts with the professional needs of each principal and offers an individually customized program to meet those needs. The program is offered at no cost to the school, the district or the principal.
Union Pacific funds The Principals' Partnership programs in communities in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
For more than 50 years, the Union Pacific Foundation has upheld the tradition of supporting community and civic programs. Grants to nonprofit organizations support community, cultural, and health and human services.
Union Pacific Foundation
The Union Pacific Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Union Pacific Corporation. The Foundation has distributed funds since 1959 to qualified organizations in communities served by Union Pacific. The Foundation is not endowed, but is funded each year from the operating profits of Union Pacific Corporation.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.
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