The BNSF Railway Foundation invests in the communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work and volunteer. Recent donations include:

Honoring the First Woman Voter

Louisa Gardner Swain made history when on the morning of September 6, 1870, she became the first woman in the world to cast a ballot under democratically enacted laws granting women equal political rights with men. Her historic ballot was cast just one block from the site of the Wyoming House For Historic Women. The Louisa Swain Foundation honors her legacy and champions those who exhibit Louisa’s courage, strength of character and dedication to human rights. A $5,000 grant from the BNSF Railway Foundation will help the Louisa Swain Foundation expand its educational efforts focused on democracy, human rights, suffrage, justice and courage.

Helping with Search and Rescue in Wyoming

The Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office in Wyoming received a $5,000 grant from the BNSF Railway Foundation to help keep the community safe. Deputies and the Search and Rescue Team will now be able to search for individuals lost in any weather conditions, search for possible accident victims and find those who might be evading law enforcement thanks to small scopes with the FLIR technology.

FLIR is an acronym for Forward-Looking Infrared. The unit allows deputies to see body heat through low-light conditions and severe weather conditions.

Supporting Health and Wellness for Veterans in Montana

Founded for the purpose of advancing SMVF (Service Members, Veterans, and Military Families) networking and support in Montana, Impact Montana was created to subsidize existing SMVF support with new alternative and non-traditional methods of support relative to the success of life after military service. A $5,000 grant from the BNSF Railway Foundation will help Impact Montana’s statewide Veterans Physical Wellness Program, which helps individuals and their families continue their focus and effort on being physically fit post military service—in fact, often times physical fitness improves after service is over.