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Charitable Giving Guidelines

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.

The grant request period runs from Jan. 1 - April 30 each year.

Grants fall into four categories that mirror Ryder’s core values: safety, expertise, innovation, and collaboration.



Support for organizations and initiatives that advance awareness and positive action in the areas of highway safety, workplace safety and public safety, including disaster preparedness and relief and trauma centers.



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 innovative research and initiatives 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



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


Funding Priorities

Within these categories, our funding priorities are:

  • Emergency and disaster relief
  • Public health and safety
  • Education
  • Support for military veterans
  • Social services
  • Innovative programs and research



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.
  • Individuals
  • 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 generally initiated by the company’s employees, and as such the Ryder Charitable Foundation is limited in its consideration of unsolicited proposals. However, if your organization would like to submit a request, 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.



Charitable Giving Questionnaire

Please answer the following questions completely so that we may determine if your organization meets our criteria for funding consideration.  If the Ryder Charitable Foundation would like more information about your organization, you will be asked to complete a more detailed application.

Before completing this form, please review our funding guidelines. Note: We are not currently accepting requests in the collaboration category.

Your contact information
With which of Ryder’s core values would the charity or program align? *
Briefly describe the mission and achievements of the organization or initiative for which you are seeking funding. *