The Ryder Charitable Foundation
Ryder makes contributions to non-profit organizations primarily through the Ryder Charitable Foundation. Established in 1984, the Foundation works to address important social needs and improve the quality of life for people in communities where Ryder does business in the United States. The Foundation is governed by a board of directors composed of members of the Ryder executive management team. It awards grants to IRS certified, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations whose activities and programs meet its philanthropic goals and objectives.
Funded entirely by operating profits of Ryder System, Inc., the Foundation focuses national grant making on disaster recovery, through a strong national partnership with the American Red Cross. Human needs, including health and civic services, comprise 45 percent of the Foundation’s donations, while education accounts for 40 percent of giving. Cultural Arts account for 15 percent of the Foundation’s donations.
The Ryder Foundation has a long-standing history of funding community organizations near our South Florida corporate headquarters, including funding for the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, the only one chosen by the U.S. Army to train military surgical teams before deployment to areas of conflict.
In addition, three Ryder Public Affairs Councils represent major employee facilities in Atlanta, Detroit and Dallas/Ft. Worth. In each region, the councils look for ways for local employees to give back to their communities and recommend charitable funding, and make grants on a local basis.
The Foundation retains oversight of local grant-making activities to ensure good governance and consistency with Ryder’s principles and values as a company. Charitable giving includes grants made by Ryder and the Ryder Charitable Foundation, donations by employees and their families to United Way charities, and in-kind donations of transportation services for non-profit organizations that Ryder supports.