Community Engagement and Philanthropy

As part of our commitment to community engagement, we encourage our operating companies and employees to be involved in the communities where we operate and offer programs to support local charitable and philanthropic efforts. We believe that philanthropic engagement extends our ability to make a positive impact on our local communities beyond our operations and is a meaningful way to foster employee goodwill.

The Dover Foundation

Dover Foundation Logo

The Dover Foundation, established in 2011, seeks to support not-for-profit organizations, causes, and programs that promote education, literacy, the advancement of STEM initiatives (science, technology, engineering and math), and other local community needs identified and supported by our operating companies.

The Dover Foundation places a high priority on education. The Foundation believes education plays an important role in sustaining individual and societal improvement, promoting strong communities, a vibrant economy, and a skilled workforce for the future. It is particularly focused on efforts that enrich science and technology education for students and on supporting literacy programs that enhance reading and communication skills.


Dover Scholars Program

The Dover Scholars Program is a significant way the Foundation demonstrates its commitment to education. The program recognizes college students who are the children or dependents of Dover employees and selection is based on each student’s academic performance, leadership abilities, and extracurricular activities

Recipients are eligible for a recurring/multi-year scholarship of up to $3,000 per year for a maximum of $12,000 for their undergraduate studies. All awards are made on a competitive basis by an impartial, outside committee comprised of academic personnel from prominent universities. Now in its eleventh year, the program has awarded 373 scholarships valued at over $2.6 million in financial support.

Dover Scholars Numbers 2022

Community Partnerships

The Dover Foundation regularly partners with institutions and organizations in support of its focus areas, with a particular emphasis on initiatives that serve to enhance science education opportunities and technology experiences for students. The Foundation believes that the collective impact of its philanthropic investment and engagement efforts are amplified through its partnerships with respected local organizations. In 2020, the Foundation provided nearly $1 million in grants and contributions through community partnerships.

The Dover Foundation has been a long-standing partner to the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), including by supporting the MSI’s Welcome to Science Initiative. This initiative helps children achieve their full potential in science by working to improve the quality of science teaching in schools, supporting science programming outside the classroom through science clubs, weekend and summer programs, and field trip experiences, and showcasing diversity in STEM fields. The Dover Foundation’s partnership with MSI also includes support of the Giant Dome Theater which brings educational, digital film content to diverse audiences from Chicago and around the world. Enabled by recent investments in digital technology that offer state-of-the-art visual and audio effects, the Giant Dome Theater welcomes 300,000 people per year and shares powerful scientific content that can serve to inspire and motivate students to pursue the STEM disciplines.

The Dover Foundation in the Community

Our key partners include:

  • MSI
  • Shedd
  • Childrens Museum
  • WBEZ
  • American Heart Association Logo

We also proudly support:

  • Junior achievement
  • USO
  • Midtown Edu
  • Project Hero
  • Indo-American Community Services Logo

The Dover Foundation is especially active in the Chicago area, where Dover maintains its headquarters, but also partners with local organizations in many of the communities where Dover’s operating companies are located. We encourage our operating companies and employees around the world to be engaged and active members of the communities where they live and work, and where Dover does business. To assist our operating companies in their efforts to make a positive impact, the Dover Foundation makes available grants of up to $5,000 to qualifying organizations when a contribution of equal or greater value is made directly by the local Dover operating company. These grants support a wide range of community needs, including hunger, health, social, and youth services.

How the Dover Foundation Supports our Communities

The Dover Foundation, in partnership with our operating companies, has supported many important community programs, including the following:

  • Belvac Production Machinery, Inc.: Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Inc., United Way of Central Virginia
  • Blackmer: Cornerstone University
  • CPC: Second Harvest Heartland
  • Cook Compression: Susan G. Komen Foundation – Houston
  • Dover Food Retail: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Dover Precision Components: Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation
  • Hillphoenix: Van Buren County Hospital & Clinic
  • Hydro Systems: Teen Challenge Cincinnati
  • Inpro/Seal: Aspire and Junior Achievement of the Heartland
  • MAAG: Pestalozzi Children's Foundation
  • OPW: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Shared Harvest Foodbank, Inc., Teen Challenge Cincinnati, and Alzheimer’ Association
  • PDQ: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin
  • Pole/Zero: Teen Challenge Cincinnati
  • PSG: Laura’s House
  • TWG: Make A Wish Foundation of Oklahoma
  • VSG: Community Foundation of Madison & Jefferson County, King's Daughters' Hospital Foundation, and Fondazione Città della Speranz
  • Waukesha Bearings: Antigo Area Food Pantry, Asante® Foundation, Aspire of Illinois

Community Involvement

In addition to funding from The Dover Foundation, a significant portion of our community involvement is evidenced by the passion of our operating companies and employees around the world who donate products and volunteer their time and talent in the communities where they live and work.


Hillphoenix Helps Students Get Back to School with Supplies

September 6, 2022

Hillphoenix, part of Dover Food Retail, helped students in Rockdale County, Georgia, get back to school by donating essentials and supplies such as backpacks, notebooks, folders, writing utensils and cleaning supplies to Peeks Chapel Elementary School. The donation was part of Hillphoenix’s commitment to engaging with the local community.

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Public Disclosure: Downloadable IRS 990-PF
The Dover Foundation is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition to awarding scholarships to qualified children of Dover employees, contributions are made only to qualified organizations. Contributions are not made to: religious organizations for religious purposes; for any form of political activity; to non-qualified military veteran organizations, fraternal orders or labor groups; for loans of any kind; or for trips, tours, dinners, tickets or advertising. The Foundation does not have and is not able to donate equipment or products.