Strengthening Hometown Communities

Strengthening Hometown Communities

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 $4.7 million and 3.4 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 CHS Seeds for Stewardship matching grants program was launched December 1, 2016 to assist CHS cooperative locations grow community pride. Through this program, cooperatives can apply to receive up to $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.