We seek programs and proposals that will inspire, engage and prepare diverse young people for the STEM economy and future of manufacturing in our digital world.
Our focus will be on reaching underserved and underrepresented individuals to deliver skill development programs, inspiration and hands-on opportunities in STEM, manufacturing, and computer science.
Secondarily we seek to create opportunities through mentoring, upskilling, and training of underemployed and other individuals striving for new possibilities.
We will support programs and organizations that provide training, tools, support or appreciation to the volunteers that respond to urgent needs in our country and communities.
Our priorities will be disaster response and preparedness, volunteer fire and EMT, veterans and our Generac employee volunteerism.
We will partner with and support organizations to foster greater sustainable efforts and innovations in renewable clean energy, conservation, access to reliable clean power and help modify behaviors in a resource-constrained future.
We will concentrate on environmental and energy education, inspiring innovation in clean energy and long-term we will explore how best to address accessibility to clean and reliable power in under served locations.
We will continue to be good neighbors in our Generac communities by supporting local needs that enhance the quality of life where our employees live and work.
Through sponsorships, contributions and partnerships we strive to improve community conditions in our key areas of interest. Nonprofit organizations that serve a Generac community can complete our on-line application for consideration. Requests are reviewed by our donations committee comprised of Generac employees.
Please review our charitable giving guidelines here to learn more about eligibility.
Click this link to our on-line application. Event related requests must be submitted at least 60 days in advance.
We value our employees and encourage them to make an impact in their local community. Generac Gives employee requests are an important part of our overall giving. Employees can apply for a portable product or small cash grant to be donated to a charity they are engaged with. This program enables us to help a cross-section of organizations where our employees live and work, and support the interests of our team. Our donations committee, comprised of employees, reviews these requests.
Igniting the next generation of innovators is part of our focus on education and STEM. One of our signature programs is Powering Up Education which supports opportunities for our employees to engage students in their classroom or at one of our facilities. We encourage middle and high schools in our Generac communities to invite us to be part of learning about careers, manufacturing, how we use math in our work, engineering, problem solving, cybersecurity and more.
Schools can submit a request via our on-line form here.
Serving over 1,200 children a year, the Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club conducts weekly STEM lessons on topics ranging from biology to physics, and more. A recent donation from Generac will support STEM activities, among other educational programs, in helping to increase literacy and decrease learning loss in the summer.
The Generac grant to Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) will help bring "hands-on, minds-on" energy education programming to teachers and students. VEEP programs help strengthen student knowledge of science and energy concepts, deepen their commitment to sustainability, and catalyze action. Powering possibilities.
The American Red Cross’ Sound the Alarm program is dedicated to installing free smoke alarms to underserved neighborhoods and educating people about disaster prevention and preparedness. Generac funding supported this initiative in Wisconsin resulting in hundreds of smoke detector installations by volunteers to help keep families safe. Generating goodness.
Generac partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin to sponsor the They Served program, and repair homes of Veterans. This included a team of Generac volunteers constructing a new access ramp to tiny homes at the Veterans Village in Racine, Wisconsin, and the home of a military family in Waukesha.
People were able to experience the wonders of earth and space science during the Ruth Patrick Science Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken Family Earth and Sky Night sponsored by Generac. Young and old were able to see sky objects, gain an understanding about our night sky, and explore using telescopes.
Generac employees donate hundreds of volunteer hours to help others. A team of volunteers packed 504 stockboxes, or over 14,000 pounds of food for the Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee. These boxes of food are provided free to local senior citizens in need. #GeneracGives
Imagination in action. In Burlington Vermont, home of our DR Power team, we partnered with the ECHO Leahy Center to host Circuit Circus. More than one thousand kids, and adults, attended to learn about electrons and electricity in a fun way. We invest in youth STEM education by supporting events and activities that engage young students in hands-on STEM learning.
Generac was the sponsor of Beyond STEM MKE’s Mechanical Engineering & Simple Machines session intended to spark the interest of youth in STEM. The group explored push-pull forces, using fluids to do work and created a hydraulic arm.
Our Generac Gives employee donations program empowers our employees to make a positive impact to a non-profit they feel passionate about. Recently we supported the Bicycle Kitchen in California with a Gives grant. Our employee is a volunteer on their Board and teaches people how to clean, fix, maintain, and build bicycles. The Bicycle Kitchen's mission is to promote the bicycle as a fun, safe, and accessible form of transportation.
Students from 17 different colleges were able to combine concern for the environment with engineering while competing in the 2022 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge held in Eagle River Wisconsin. The design challenge was to optimize the machines for reduced emissions, noise, and fuel consumption. The teams progressed their projects through design paper submissions, virtual presentations, and ultimately the final 3-day onsite technical validation event.
Generac teams across the U.S. participated in the Generac Gives Season of Giving. Each location picked a local charity and employees donated items to help that organization. More than 1,400 items were collected ranging from toys to mittens that were shared with schools and non-profits. The Season of Giving campaign is another way we generate goodness and strive to be a good neighbor.
This group of high school students studying engineering design visited the engineering labs at Generac’s headquarters in Waukesha. The teens were able to see how engineers help develop products and talk with a few of our engineers about their career journey. Visits to our facilities are part of our Powering Up Education program.
Partnering with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night, Generac has been helping fund research to find a cure to blood cancers and provide support services. In 2021, hundreds of employees walked to increase awareness of LLS. In addition, our ten-year contribution from employees, vendors and the company has accumulated to more than $ 1.2 million to help power possibilities.
Our efforts to power possibilities reached South Carolina in 2021 - the location of our newest facility. We contributed to the Johnston Edgefield Trenton Middle School to support opportunities for student learning and experiences. Several employees worked directly with the school and were welcomed warmly to the community.
Through our sponsorship of GEMS (Girls’ Engineering Math and Science) at UW-Waukesha we strived to inspire the next generation of innovators and interest more girls in STEM. The middle school girls that participated in the program interacted with a wide variety of activities, like robotics, engineering, and meteorology, highlighting various careers and skills in these fields.
Generac’s efforts to positively impact the community included supporting men and women who have served our country. Our sponsorship of “She Served Week” with Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin in the summer of 2021 empowered Generac veterans and employees to help build and repair homes for other veterans. Volunteering and providing hands-on assistance is one way employees generate goodness.
Twenty years ago, Generac founded GPS Education Partners and we have been a leading partner in the program ever since. GPS Education Partners provides work-based learning for high schoolers. Generac provides a training center in Eagle, WI and has fueled numerous students’ graduation from high school including several who partner with Generac.
The interest in STEM can be sparked at any age and through all types of experiences. Generac connected with the University of South Carolina- Aiken to sponsor the 36th Annual SEED (Science Education Enrichment Day) STEM Festival which provided inspiration and exploration to youth. More than 2,500 people attended in 2021.