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Donaldson Hosts Career Day for Boy Scouts of America

21 November, 2011

Donaldson Foundation grants $12,000 to BSA

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE:DCI - News) is pleased to announce that on Saturday (11/19), the Company hosted approximately 200 young men and women from the Twin-Cities based Northern Star Council of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Venturing program for an all-day, hands-on “Career Day Merit Badge” event at its headquarters in Bloomington. The day’s events provided an opportunity for participants to learn and earn a variety of vocational merit badges.

“This was a great opportunity to help build future leaders in our community,” said Becky Cahn, Corporate Communications Manager, at Donaldson Company. “The event gave our employees a chance to share their experience while showcasing our diversity and technical capabilities. It was fun to see the young people learning in actual laboratories, workrooms and office environments where the various careers are practiced each day. This type of hands-on experience is a great way to get young people excited about their futures.”

Participating scouts were offered a host of merit badges to explore while at Donaldson, including Engineering, Drafting, Electronics, Graphic Arts, Photography, Inventing, Truck Transportation, and Composite Materials. A vital part of the BSA’s advancement plan, the merit badge program is one of Scouting’s basic character building tools. The program provides opportunities for youth to explore over 120 fields of skill and knowledge, and plays a key role in Scouting’s educational commitment. Similarly, the Venturing program – the fastest growing program of the BSA – offers young adults through advancement the opportunity to participate in positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

“Many of the scouts attending Saturday’s event are pursuing advancement within the BSA program,” said Keith S. Moheban, a volunteer with the BSA Dan Patch District of the Northern Star Council. “The Northern Star Council greatly appreciates the efforts Donaldson has made to make this Career Day Merit Badge event a success for our scouts. It is through the efforts of local corporations, like Donaldson, that we are able to provide enrichment opportunities for our scouting programs.”

In conjunction with the event, the Donaldson Foundation granted $12,000 to the Boy Scouts of America Northern Star Council to further support the Career Day education program.

“The Donaldson Boy Scouts Career Day education program aligns well with the Foundation’s mission of supporting educational opportunities in the communities where our employees live and work,” said Jessica Exley, President of the Donaldson Foundation. “We are thrilled that over 50 employees volunteered their time and talents to make this day possible. We applaud our employees and the Boy Scouts for increasing educational opportunities in our community.”

Established in 1966, the Donaldson Foundation funds charitable causes on behalf of Donaldson Company, Inc. Since 1991, the Foundation has contributed 2% of the company’s U.S. earnings each year, making it a Minnesota Keystone participant. Its mission is to positively impact the communities in which its employees live and work by supporting education. To learn more about the Donaldson Foundation, visit the website at About Donaldson Company Donaldson is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems that improve people's lives, enhance our Customers' equipment performance, and protect our environment. We are a technology-driven Company committed to satisfying our Customers' needs for filtration solutions through innovative research and development, application expertise, and global presence. Our 12,900 employees contribute to the Company's success by supporting our Customers at our more than 100 sales, manufacturing, and distribution locations around the world.

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Nov 21, 2011
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