"We believe the greatest contribution we can make to the prosperity and quality of life of the communities in which we operate lies in being a dynamic, growing company." - Kimball International Guiding Principles
Corporate Social Responsibility: Supporting Our Employees' Communities
The spirit of "giving back" has always been a part of the Kimball philosophy. As stated in the Company's Guiding Principles, Kimball understands that employees want to be associated with a company that cares about their communities. We also know that it is through economic profits that we achieve the economic freedom that allows and enables the Company to contribute resources that improve quality of life in our communities around the world.
In December, 1951 the founder of Kimball International, Mr. Arnold F. Habig, established a company foundation for the purpose of supporting charitable causes within the communities in which Kimball operates, or from which it draws employees. Contributions totaled $1,731 that first year. However, since that time millions of dollars have been given in donations and scholarships.
In total, Kimball International charitable giving has passed the $12 million mark in donations, grants and scholarships. While Kimball officially sponsors or contributes to countless causes, the Company also encourages its employees to participate and contribute their own time, talent or treasure to causes of their choice.
The Kimball International-Habig Foundation is one more way in which Kimball lives its vision, to be more than just a manufacturer, more than just an employer of choice, but to be a good corporate citizen in our communities and share the success we build.
Kimball International-Habig Foundation
Kimball-Habig Foundation Donations
The Kimball International-Habig Foundation, which represents Kimball International, Inc., is funded annually by a percentage of profit earnings of the company. In keeping with our corporate philosophy and Guiding Principles, Kimball International is committed to helping the communities in which we operate to become even better places to live.
Supporting that goal, The Kimball International-Habig Foundation focuses its funding and resources on grants to organizations and programs that most directly benefit those U.S. communities in which Kimball has operations or facilities, or from which it draws employees.
In most of these small, rural communities, Kimball is the major (or in some cases, the only) source of significant charitable contributions to support health and human services, education, religious institutions, arts and culture, and civic and community programs that benefit the elderly, the disabled, children, schools, community centers and critical services such as local volunteer fire departments.
The Kimball International-Habig Foundation focuses on five categories:
- Education (pre-school, elementary, high school and university levels)
- Health & Human Services
- Civic & Community Programs
- Arts & Culture
- Religious Institutions (non-denominational, all inclusive)
To improve education for children, from preschool through high school, and for adults via continuing education and development, Kimball supports:
- Programs that foster critical thinking skills
- Programs that foster reading and comprehension
- Programs that foster technology and business interests
Health & Human Services
The Foundation's main focus is to improve the human condition and help to alleviate suffering by assisting local community organizations, charities, faith-based initiatives, and social services, in their efforts by considering the following types of requests:
- Care and protection of Children and Infants
- Care and protection of at-risk Women and Families
- Care and protection of the Elderly and Infirmed
- Provision of Healthcare, Medical and Counseling services
- Provision of basic Social and Support services
Civic & Community Programs
To help our local communities become better places to live, work and raise a family, the Foundation supports:
- Projects of local need or infrastructure improvement (fire departments, libraries)
- Projects promoting or supporting local civic pride (revitalization, historic preservation)
- Community celebrations and tourism events
- Environmental protection and preservation
Arts & Culture
The Foundation recognizes the importance of the visual, written and performing arts to enhance the human spirit, and supports opportunities to provide exposure to the arts among our youth, school systems and communities at large. Requests are considered that:
- Promote or provide for artistic exposure in our community school systems
- Promote or provide for performances or exhibits in our local communities
Faith-based projects and programs aimed at alleviating human suffering, improving the human condition, promoting self-worth, and instilling values, regardless of denominational affiliation.
The Foundation no longer considers requests for new buildings, expansion or renovation projects or to affiliated capital campaigns. Instead, it only supports true service ministry activities.
Submitting a Request
All requests for funding made to the Kimball Foundation must be made using the online request form. All requests must be in writing (via this online form), and absolutely no verbal or phone call requests will be processed or acknowledged. This is to comply with U.S. Federal regulations governing business donations and generally accepted accounting practices.
Foundation questions or concerns (including request status) can be directed to the following email address: HabigFoundation@Kimball.com
The Foundation Board meets Quarterly to review and assess those major funding requests submitted during the previous 90 days, in March, June, September, December. Major requests (those over $2,000) are reviewed, assessed and approved Quarterly. Standard requests (those under $2,000) are reviewed and approved Monthly. Standard requests are reviewed by the Foundation Board on or about the 25th of each month.
Kimball International-Habig Foundation Online Request Form