Philanthropic Initiatives in
Honda has established three foundations in North America: the American Honda Foundation, the Honda Canada Foundation and the Honda of America Manufacturing Foundation (HAM Foundation). In 2006 these foundations donated more than US$2.3 million to various nonprofit organizations to support education programs and initiatives for youth.
The American Honda Foundation supports the four-day NFB Youth Slam program organized by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest organization of its kind in the United States. The program brings together successful blind scientists and engineers with blind high school kids from around the nation. The students are encouraged to take on new challenges and taught how to design rockets, navigate boats and more.
The Let's Talk Science Partnership Program is a national school outreach initiative that has connected over 1,300 university students and researchers with 45,000 elementary and junior high school students in an educational setting. This initiative enables the promotion and sharing of science literacy in Canada. Youth develop a deeper understanding of science and technology, and share the joy of learning while the university students are energized by sharing their passion and knowledge with budding next-generation scientists.
Reach Out + Read provides free books for children treated at the pediatric hospital in Columbus, Ohio. This program was started with the aim of helping provide children from lower-income families with school readiness skills. The HAM Foundation's grant helps fund the purchase of books.