Philanthropy

Making a real difference in our communities

Our Foundation was established in 1982 to give back to the communities where our customers and employees live and work. Since then, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation has committed more than half a billion dollars to nonprofits. Ninety-eight percent of grants made by the Foundation in FY2020 went to fulfill requests from employees to benefit community causes that they personally champion and actively support. Our global philanthropic initiatives include:

Enterprise Holdings ROAD FORWARD (Respect, Opportunity, Achievement, Diversity)

When we deepen Respect, we expand Opportunity. When we expand opportunity, we enable Achievement. And when we enable achievement, we unleash the power of Diversity in our neighborhoods and our workplaces.

In November 2020, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation pledged $55 million over five years to organizations that advance social and racial equity in the communities where the company operates. Donations made under the new Enterprise Holdings ROAD Forward initiative encompass three racial equity gaps that need urgent attention: early childhood development, youth health and wellness, and career and college preparation.

As part of the program, Enterprise allocated $20 million across four nationally renowned nonprofit partners – The Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, UNCF (United Negro College Fund), Girls Inc. and Parents as Teachers

Additionally, we are empowering employees to identify the most pressing issues in their communities and decide how to spend an additional $35 million over the next five years. In July 2021, we awarded our inaugural set of local ROAD Forward grants to 690 nonprofits, to the tune of $7.06 million. The grants will help address social and racial equity gaps in the communities we serve.

In addition to local grants, this includes support of 17 national organizations across Europe, such as National Literacy Trust (U.K.), The Girls Network (U.K.), Children's Books Ireland (Ireland), Children for a better World e.V. (Germany), Sport Dans la Ville (France), and Fundación MAPFRE (Spain), among others.


Fill Your Tank

Although there is enough food produced to feed the population, 690 million people still go to bed on an empty stomach, according to the World Food Programme. In the U.S. alone, 35 million people struggle with hunger, including 10 million children and more than five million seniors, according to Feeding America.

Not having enough food leaves you running on empty to complete even the simplest of tasks, but Enterprise is here to help people fill their tank. In 2016 our Foundation launched one of the largest donations aimed at fighting hunger and has since contributed more than $50 million to address food insecurity in local communities.

The gift not only helps fight hunger where it currently exists, but also helps our partners – Feeding America, Food Banks Canada, and The Global FoodBanking Network – build programs to serve growing food-insecure populations.

In conjunction with the Enterprise ROAD Forward initiative, launched in 2020, the Foundation pledged an additional $65 million to Enterprise Fill Your Tank to address food insecurity – an issue that disproportionally affects people of color in our communities.


Routes and Roots

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation donated $30 million to support The Nature Conservancy, a global nonprofit that works to address critical conservation challenges around the world. This initiative is expected to benefit 150 million people by ensuring that healthy rivers across North America and Europe continue to enrich our lives for generations to come.


50 Million Tree Pledge

By planting 50 million trees across the world, we're leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come. Established in 2006 in honor of Enterprise's 50th anniversary, the 50 Million Tree Pledge promises to plant 50 million trees by 2056. In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, we are helping restore public lands badly in need of reforestation by funding the planting of trees across the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the U.K.


American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program

The Enterprise Holdings Foundation contributes $1 million annually to the American Red Cross's Annual Disaster Giving Program, supporting people affected by disasters across the world. Our partnership with the Red Cross complements our own ongoing work to provide transportation alternatives when natural disasters strike.