Gene Haas Foundation Awarded More Than $5.1 Million in 2014

The Gene Haas Foundation in Oxnard, California, has announced that it awarded grants totaling more than $5.1 million in 2014 in support of manufacturing-based education programs, scholarships, veterans, and community-based organizations.

The foundation's grants to nearly two hundred nonprofits included $500,000 to Ventura County organizations on Giving Tuesday, boosting its total grantmaking to local groups for the year to more than $1 million and its grantmaking within California to $1.9 million. Earlier this month, the foundation awarded a round of grants totaling $500,000, including $100,000 each to FOOD Share, Ventura County Rescue Mission, and Ventura College Foundation and $50,000 each to Casa Pacifica and RAIN Transitional Living Center. Other notable grants awarded in 2014 included $1.5 million toward construction of the Gene Haas Training Center at Vincennes University's campus in Lebanon, Indiana, and $500,000 in scholarships to San Diego-based Workshop for Warriors, which provides free manufacturing training to veterans.

"Through our grants, we hope to fully prepare veterans and students for the workforce and reduce the manufacturing-skills gap that currently exists in the industry," said foundation administrator Kathy Looman. "We want to make not only a positive impact in our local community but also provide future manufacturers with the necessary resources, such as scholarships or advanced training and education programs, to ensure they obtain successful careers."

"Gene Haas Foundation Donates More Than $5.1 Million Nationally in 2014." Gene Haas Foundation Press Release 12/12/2014.