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    2018 Community Report graco.com/foundation

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    A Note from Pat Graco has a long history of giving back. The Graco Foundation was established in 1956 by Graco’s former President, CEO and Chairman, David A. Koch, who left a legacy of community support and doing things the “right way.” We’re committed to the communities where we work – our neighbors. Graco employees also reflect this mindset, giving their all to their work, then doing the same for their communities at home through giving and volunteering. You can see through our funding priorities – education, workforce development and youth development – that we’re passionate about helping people in our communities become self-sufficient and more productive. That could mean assisting students in staying on track in school, inspiring and enabling youth to pursue sustainable careers, or providing adults with desirable skills that can be readily applied in our workforce. Through our funding, real people are being supported every day by the hardworking nonprofits we partner with. I hope you enjoy reading some of their stories. Pat McHale President and CEO, Graco Inc. President, Graco Foundation

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    MISSION Committed to Communities Where We Work Our goal is to help organizations grow their ability to serve community needs through grants focused on capital projects, specific programs and technology needs. We place a priority on organizations with a proven track record of enabling people to become self-sufficient and more productive. We place emphasize on educational programs, especially STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs; human service programs promoting workforce development; and youth development programs. We especially like to reach out to communities close to our U.S. facilities. In 2018, the Graco Foundation’s contributions reached $1,173,416. Scholarship Program – 10% Workforce Development $254,779 Community Dollars for Grants – 66% Doers – 11% Youth Development $193,500 Graco $1,173,416 $780,779 Gives – 13% Other $12,500 Education (STEM) $320,000 2018 Total Giving Community Grants

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    EDUCATION Cody Finds Brighter Future With Scholarship “Thank you so much! I am not sure I can Cody received one of five Graco Foundation- put into words the impact your time, funded $2,000 scholarships for Anoka thoughtfulness and awards such as this have at Technical College students in the Machine Anoka Technical College,” said Cody Majernik, Trades and Mechanical Drafting programs. a recipient of a scholarship funded through a Before receiving the grant, he intended to Graco Foundation grant. “I suppose I am trying complete a certificate program. However, the to say that our goal as students is to become scholarship encouraged and allowed him to a cut above the rest in the manufacturing work for the full two-year degree. technology field, and a nod from Graco is like your role model saying, ‘Keep working hard, “I am a better person and student because of you’re on the right path. Maybe one day you this opportunity. Thank you for helping myself can be here, too.’” and others to create a brighter future.” The appreciation expressed by Cody shows The Graco Foundation provides $10,000 some of the benefits of the funding provided grants for scholarship funding to Anoka by the Graco Foundation to support long-term Technical College and 15 other schools community growth by investing in today’s every year. The Foundation also provided a students. $90,000 grant to purchase a CNC turning center for the college last year.

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    YOUTH DEVELOPMENT Badriya Explores Passions in Internship Badriya came to Graco as a high school intern area of study and begin building her career. through the Step Up Youth Employment She is currently in college and plans to major Program, which she learned about through in either engineering or nursing. her involvement in the AchieveMpls Career & College Center at her high school. She Step Up connects youth and employers completed two summer internships at Graco through internships that build careers and helping engineers on various projects and lead to a diverse, skilled and equitable assisting with inventory and restocking. workforce. Step Up is a partnership of the City of Minneapolis, AchieveMpls, CareerForce Badriya says she appreciated all of the skills she Minneapolis and Project for Pride in Living. gained during her internship and the flexibility she was given to explore her passions and to get out of her comfort zone in positive ways. In 2018, the Graco Foundation provided $20,000 for Step Up and $100,000 for the “I love being on my feet and not sitting at a AchieveMpls Career Readiness Initiative, desk,” she explained. This hands-on experience which equips students to identify and allowed Badriya to check out different roles access high-wage, sustainable careers and and functions in manufacturing and also has choose their best post-secondary options. shaped her career pathway. Graco also was named a Step Up Employer of the Year and an AchieveMpls Community The experiences Badriya received at Graco and Partner Ally. through Step Up have helped her narrow her

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    WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT Matt Finds Independence Through MDI Matt was born with a genetic condition called “MDI is accommodating, and everyone helps Leber’s disease which causes vision loss in out,” said Matt. “And ... I love Minnesota.” young adult males. During the peak of his career, he had to learn to live without his vision. Today, he is confident and independent. He enjoys playing bass guitar in a band called To help readjust, Matt came to Minnesota from Reven McGee and the Phantom Hands. his home in Delaware to complete a 10-month program provided by the National Federation of the Blind to help him adapt to blindness. MDI, a Minnesota-based nonprofit manufacturer, provides meaningful work After completing the program, Matt decided in an inclusive environment for people to stay in Minnesota. He had grown connected with disabilities. MDI received a $54,779 to the community and had developed strong grant from the Graco Foundation in 2018, friendships. which funded the purchase of five pallet lifts and a pallet wrapping system. The Before his vision loss, he had been working in equipment will save hours of work weekly manufacturing. This made MDI a good fit for and increase the facility’s capacity. Matt to re-enter the workforce.

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    Dollars for Doers Graco Gives Scholarship Program Each year, our employees volunteer many The Graco Foundation encourages As today’s students enter our workforce, hours of their personal time to help their employees to give back to the community they are facing new challenges and favorite nonprofit causes. In an effort to by participating in charitable giving, and we opportunities never before imaginable. At recognize and support these important and match all eligible donations dollar for dollar Graco, we recognize the contributions of worthwhile volunteer hours, we donate $500 up to $2,500 per employee per calendar year. these students and the important role that to any eligible nonprofit organization where education plays in their development. The an eligible employee has volunteered at Employee gifts of $147,532 were matched Graco Scholarship Program gives us an least 25 hours during one calendar year, and by the Graco Foundation in 2018, resulting opportunity to invest in the education of $1,000 where an employee has volunteered in more than $295,000 donated to 235 employees’ children around the world. 50 hours or more. Time contributed by nonprofits. Employees also raised proceeds spouses and dependents of the employee can that went to the 2018 employee-elected Scholarship support in 2018 totaled also be counted toward these hours. Dollars charity of choice, Feed My Starving Children. $116,750, which went to 12 students for for Doers support in 2018 totaled $129,000. new scholarships and 14 students renewing previous scholarships.

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    GIVING SUMMARY 2018 Awarded Grants ONE-TIME CAPACITY-BUILDING GRANTS SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS • AccessAbility, Inc. – • Alexandria Technical College: $10,000 AbleTo capital building campaign: $100,000 • Anoka Technical College: $10,000 • AchieveMpls – • Dunwoody College of Technology: $10,000 Career Readiness Initiative: $100,000 • Gannon University: $10,000 • Anoka Technical College – • Lake Area Technical Institute: $10,000 machine purchase: $90,000 • Mpls. Community & Technical College: $10,000 • MDI, Inc. – • Minnesota Private College Fund: $40,000 equipment purchase: $54,779 • S. Dakota School of Mines & Technology: $10,000 • The Link – educational space for the Passageways • South Dakota State University: $10,000 Capital Project: $25,000 • St. Paul College: $10,000 • Summit Academy OIC – • Stark State College Foundation: $10,000 1,000 GED Campaign: $100,000 • University of Akron: $10,000 • University of Minnesota – Duluth: $10,000 PROGRAM GRANTS • University of Minnesota – Twin Cities: $20,000 • University of Sioux Falls: $10,000 • AchieveMpls Step Up Program: $20,000 • University of St. Thomas: $10,000 • Dunwoody College of Technology • Washtenaw Community College: $10,000 Youth Career Awareness Program: $15,000 • FIRST Robotics at Dexter High School in Dexter, Michigan: $7,500 In addition, $6,500 was given to 11 high school groups in • FIRST Robotics at Edison High School Minneapolis to celebrate Graco’s Manufacturing Day program. in Minneapolis, Minnesota: $12,500 • Metro Paint-A-Thon: $12,500 For more about the Graco Foundation, visit graco.com/foundation • Page Education Foundation: $27,000 or email gracofoundation@graco.com.

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