Investing in a More Diverse Future
Donaldson—much like the rest of the world—will soon rely on today’s students to step into vital science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) roles. But while jobs in these fields continue to outpace non-STEM opportunities, minorities are vastly underrepresented in STEM roles.
Donaldson wants all kids to see themselves in STEM. One of the ways they help elevate STEM in the Twin Cities community is through the Science Museum of Minnesota’s annual Science Fusion event. This four-part event series introduces museum visitors to area STEM professionals through interactive science experiments and fun activities, emphasizing the accomplishments and experiences of professionals in the Asian American, African American, Native American and Latinx communities.
In 2010, Donaldson became the exclusive sponsor of the event, and with it, began the Donaldson STEM Awards program. The annual awards celebrate four Minnesota high school students who demonstrate exceptional enthusiasm and achievement in a STEM discipline. Students are nominated by teachers and mentors and are publicly recognized at the event where they receive a $500 award and a Science Museum of Minnesota membership.
During fiscal 2020, the Donaldson Foundation distributed $1.2 million to non-profit organizations supporting education. Nearly 60 Twin Cities and Donaldson plant-area organizations received grant donations and scholarships. Hundreds of U.S. employees also contribute their time, money and talent in support of these organizations, helping ensure that all children see STEM as a future path.