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Union Pacific Announces Redesigned Charitable Giving Program

January 30, 2018

Local Grant Application Process Begins in April 2018

The original version of this press release can be found on Union Pacific’s website.

OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 1, 2018 – Union Pacific today unveiled its Community Ties Giving Program, which increases its overall community giving to more than $20 million. Designed to support two primary giving pillars – local grants and key partnerships – the company’s philanthropic outreach aligns with its longstanding commitment to Building America.

“For more than 150 years, Union Pacific has served as an economic engine, improving the lives of millions across the United States,” said Scott Moore, senior vice president and chief administrative officer. “The Community Ties Giving Program builds on that foundation, funding programs to support safe, prosperous and vibrant communities where our employees live and work.”

Each pillar of Union Pacific’s giving program supports one or more of the following social impact goals:

  • Safety: Helping communities prevent and prepare for accidents and emergencies.
  • Workforce Development: Providing job opportunity awareness and education for the next generation of skilled workers.
  • Community Spaces: Building and enhancing neighborhoods, parks and other unique spaces contributing to a community’s identity and preserving its history.

Local grants in various amounts will be awarded to select nonprofit organizations whose objectives fulfill Union Pacific’s social impact goals. The next application period will run April through May 2018. 

Key partnerships incorporate two subgroups, regional and national, and provide large-scale, targeted grants intended to achieve significant, measurable and sustainable impact in our communities. Following a nationwide search, Safe Kids Worldwide, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the National Park Foundation were selected as national key partners, each receiving $1 million in 2018. Regional partners will be selected only by invitation.

“Union Pacific is proud to partner with these world-class nonprofit organizations, empowering communities to create a safer place for children and families, bring economic prosperity and wellbeing to our neighborhoods and explore boundless opportunities through one of our country’s greatest treasures – national parks,” Moore said.

To learn more about Union Pacific’s Community Ties Giving Program or apply for local grants, visit

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2008-2017, Union Pacific invested approximately $34 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. The railroad's diversified business mix is classified into its Agricultural Products, Energy, and Industrial and Premium business groups. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.

Union Pacific media contact: Kristen South at (402) 544-3435 or [email protected].

About LISC

With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. Since 1980, LISC has invested $17.3 billion to build or rehab 366,000 affordable homes and apartments and develop 61 million square feet of retail, community and educational space across the country. A decade ago, LISC invented Financial Opportunity Centers, now a network of 80 sites across the country that offer an integrated set of employment and financial coaching supports for 20,000 low- and moderate-income people each year—from helping build up their credit to addressing educational gaps. Data indicates that this bundled approach leads to concrete gains in job retention, net income and credit scores. Learn more at

About The National Park Foundation

Celebrating 50 years, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and ENGAGE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at