Charitable Giving Guidelines
The Ryder Charitable Foundation is a private foundation (qualifying under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue code) that provides support to eligible IRS certified 501(c)3 charitable organizations that meet our funding guidelines and Principles of Business Conduct.
The Ryder Charitable Foundation provides monetary grants, not vehicles or transportation services.
Grants fall into four categories that mirror Ryder’s core values: safety, expertise, innovation, and collaboration.
Support for organizations and initiatives that help develop expertise in areas related to Ryder’s business including: colleges and universities, vocational technical education, development of skills and expertise for populations under-represented in our industry.
Sponsorship of research and white papers relevant to our industry and of benefit to the general public: safety, efficiency, infrastructure, impact of new technology, workforce issues and opportunities, barriers to progress and innovation
Support for organizations and initiatives that advance or promote awareness in the areas of highway safety, workplace safety and public safety, including disaster preparedness and relief and trauma centers.
Collaboration and financial support for causes that reflect good corporate citizenship in communities where Ryder employees live and work, including support for health-related causes, social services aimed at children and families, civic organizations and community improvement initiatives.
Our selection process is also governed by our fifth core value: trust. Good public and ethical standing are overarching factors in our choice of charitable giving partners.
Within these categories, our funding priorities are:
- Emergency and disaster relief
- Public health and safety
- Support for military veterans
- Social services
- Innovative programs and research of value to our industry and the public
Your organization must be an IRS certified 501(c)3 charitable organization, in good public and financial standing. Volunteer involvement by one or more Ryder employees is preferred.
We do not fund:
- Organizations with a limited constituency, including school youth teams (athletics, marching bands, theatre groups), fraternities and sororities.
- Political or legislative action groups
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
Submitting a proposal for funding
The grant request period runs from Jan. 1 - April 30 each year.
Our charitable giving partnerships and activities are primarily initiated by the company’s employees, and generally the Ryder Charitable Foundation does not consider unsolicited proposals. However, if your organization would like to submit an unsolicited request for consideration, please complete the brief questionnaire below.
Submissions are reviewed by Foundation staff. If the Foundation would like to consider a funding grant request from your organization, you will be notified within 60 days, and asked to complete a detailed proposal.