Community Investment

Community Investment

Creating a strong future for rural America.

At CHS, we recognize we wouldn’t have success without our rural communities. For us, giving back is essential to our business. 

The CHS Foundation supports education and leadership development in rural America through funding of adult education and leadership programs. CHS gives priority to innovative and collaborative approaches to address emerging issues and opportunities in rural communities. 

here to learn more about our commitment to building strong rural communities.
  • Employee Giving & Volunteerism

    Our impact expands beyond financial contributions. Our employees are active volunteers, and CHS encourages participation in CHS Days of Service, the program that gives eligible employees paid time off for volunteering.

    CHS Country Operations employees participate annually in a Harvest for Hunger food drive. Since 2011, over $4 million and 2.7 million pounds of food have been donated to food banks across the U.S.

    Each year, locations across the CHS system participate in a week-long United Way Campaign. In 2016, CHS and its employees at the Inver Grove Heights headquarters contributed more than $1.5 million to support United Way’s work in our community. 

  • Enhancing Rural Vitality

    CHS is dedicated to creating new partnerships in hometown communities across the country.  The new CHS Seeds for Stewardship matching grants program was launched to assist CHS member-cooperatives and country operations locations grow community pride. Through this program, cooperatives can apply to receive up $5,000 in matching funds for local projects that improve ag safety, develop the next generation of agriculture and enhance rural vitality. Click here to learn more.
    If you are a local organization, please contact your local cooperative and encourage them to apply for a Seeds for Stewardship grant on your behalf. If you have a rural vitality project has a national, state or regional focus please click here for a separate application.

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The September/October issue completes the four-part series examining how cooperatives and communities work together to keep rural America vibrant, offers a fresh look at careers at CHS, and looks at issues farmers face now in Washington, and more CHS news.

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