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."