The CHS Foundation is committed to investing in the future of rural America, agriculture and cooperative business through education and leadership development.
The CHS Foundation is the major giving entity of CHS, an energy, grains and foods company with a stewardship focus of building vibrant communities. The CHS Foundation is managed through the CHS Marketing Communications division in Inver Grove Heights. CHS Foundation staff members are also responsible for overseeing CHS corporate giving, employee volunteerism activities, United Way campaign and the New Leader Institute, a young producer conference held in conjunction with CHS Annual Meeting. As a part of the corporate giving community, the CHS Foundation is a member of the Minnesota Council on Foundations.
Giving can be traced back to 1946, when CHS Foundation predecessor organizations, the Cenex Foundation and Harvest States Foundation, were established. The two foundations merged on December 1, 1998, to create today’s CHS Foundation.
The CHS Foundation is organized under Minnesota statutes and is governed by an elected board of trustees. The articles and bylaws specify that the trustees are the same individuals who are the elected directors of CHS Inc.
The CHS Foundation supports national efforts related to its mission. Funding is also available for programs within the CHS trade territory for regional, multi-state or state-wide projects.Giving outside national efforts typically reaches the following states: Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Depending on circumstances, other geography may be considered.