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Upcoming Change:  Norfolk Southern will be making a change to its charitable gifts program. Starting January 1, 2021, the Foundation will no longer match retiree gifts. The decision was made after a strategic review of other matching gift programs, including those of railroads and major corporations. Through 2020, retired employees can continue to participate in the matching gifts program and the Foundation will match up to $10,000 per year.

Norfolk Southern has enhanced its Matching Gifts Program to make it easier for employees to help communities thrive.

June 1, 2017, the program moved online with vendor, YourCause, allowing many new features and making it easier to give back to our communities. 

Replacing our former paper-based system, the online portal:

  • Allows employees and retirees to donate and request matching gifts in one step, or request matching gifts for check, credit card or stock donations made through other means.
  • Lets nonprofit organizations confirm your donation quickly and electronically – speeding up the matching gift process.
  • Allows employees and retirees to check the status of matches, and keep track of their donations.

In order to get the company match, a gift request must be entered in the matching gift system. Donor instructions and FAQs are linked below to answer questions you might have about using the online system. If you need any assistance, please reach out to 866-751-6031

Norfolk Southern is proud of its employees and retirees who contribute to help communities prosper. Your contributions and our company’s matching gifts make a difference – and making a difference is now easier than ever.

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Matching Gift FAQs

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Matching Gift Guidelines

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The Norfolk Southern Foundation was established in 1983 to direct and implement Norfolk Southern Corporation's charitable giving programs. Through strategic investment in educational, cultural, environmental, and human service organizations within Norfolk Southern’s service territory, the Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life for Norfolk Southern employees and the "livability" of the communities it serves.

As a major employer in large and small communities throughout the eastern United States, Norfolk Southern takes seriously its role as a corporate citizen and its responsibility to commit resources, both human and financial, to help improve those communities for the benefit of our employees and our neighbors. This commitment is acknowledged in Norfolk Southern's Corporate Creed. 

In 2014, charitable and other contributions totaled approximately $12.16 million.



Thank you for contacting Norfolk Southern and for your continued interest in our commitment to the communities we serve. As NS transitions its headquarters to Atlanta, we are committed to taking a strategic approach to our Corporate Giving pillars and how these organizations align with our business goals and objectives. Our Corporate Giving and NS Foundation strategy will continue to impact communities in Atlanta and the rest of our 22-state network. 



The Norfolk Southern Foundation offers limited sponsorships for certain events in our territory that benefit or promote Norfolk Southern’s business and social interests. Factors considered in sponsorship requests include relationships with charitable organizations, community impact, appropriateness of funding level, and timing of requests. When considering Norfolk Southern as a potential sponsor for events, note that we sell no retail product and have limited interest in naming and exposure opportunities.

The Foundation might differ from other businesses in its determination of what qualifies as a corporate sponsorship. Some events that traditionally are funded through corporate sponsorships are funded by the Foundation through the general Grant Program. Please contact the executive director to inquire about the appropriate funding program for your request.

Although there is no formal deadline for corporate sponsorships, it is suggested that sponsorship requests be made as early as possible before the event. 

Sponsorship requests may be submitted by email to at any time. Organizations that make direct contact by phone or email, discuss potential requests beforehand, and submit proposals early are more likely to be considered for funding. The Foundation makes no guarantee to review requests submitted by organizations not obtaining pre-approval by the executive director as outlined above.