Enterprise Holdings Foundation: Our History

Started in 1982 by our company’s founder Jack Taylor, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation was established to allow the company to give back to the communities where our customers and employees live and work. The Foundation has contributed more than $200 million to thousands of registered non-profit efforts since its inception.

Examples of recent gifts include $30 million for college scholarships to support minorities and economically challenged students; $3 million for the Urban League's Whitney M. Young, Jr. Center for Urban Leadership; The Enterprise Rent-A-Car 50 Million Tree Pledge to the National Arbor Day Foundation – a $50 million pledge by the Foundation to plant 1 million trees a year for the next 50 years to help restore public lands badly in need of reforestation; and more than $2.5 million to disaster relief worldwide.

United Way & Employee Matching Contribution Program

The Foundation matches all employee contributions on a 50% basis to the United Way in the U.S. and Canada as well as the "Give as You Earn" program in the United Kingdom. Thanks to the generosity of our employees, Enterprise Holdings was the 13th largest corporate campaign contributor to United Way in FY2013.

The Enterprise Holdings Foundation operates under the leadership of its President, Jo Ann Taylor Kindle; Vice President and Executive Director, Carolyn Kindle; and a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from the Taylor family and members of the company's senior management.

Foundation Giving Guidelines

  • Neither the Foundation nor the company (or any of its affiliates) donates vehicles or rentals.
  • The Enterprise Holdings Foundation was founded to enable employees of our operating subsidiaries and their spouses to give back to their local communities. Because of this mission, the Foundation generally accepts requests for donations only from employees and their spouses. In addition, the Foundation will consider requests from established customers who use our services on a regular basis.
  • In order to request a donation for an organization, the requestor must be personally and actively involved in the charity.
  • The Foundation provides grants only to qualified tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States that are Publication 78 verified.  The Foundation can support public charities only, no private organizations. For requests from the United Kingdom and Canada, organizations must have a registered charity number.
  • The Foundation considers the support of schools, religious organizations, and sports teams a personal responsibility, and therefore discourages requests for Foundation support of these types of organizations.
  • In an effort to support as many worthwhile causes as possible, the Foundation will consider only one request per year, per charity.
  • The average amount for a first-time request is usually up to $1,500 (USD).
  • The average grant amount is $2,500 to $5,000 (USD).
  • Our company’s operating groups are prohibited from receiving benefits from organizations that receive a contribution from the Foundation. Benefits which Groups may not receive include tickets to events, dinner invitations, and advertising. Recognition for support on signage and in programs should go to the Foundation, not the operating group.
  • PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANNUAL REPORTS, VIDEOS, DVDS OR CDS
Our History

Started in 1982 by our company’s founder Jack Taylor, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation was established to allow the company to give back to the communities where our customers and employees live and work. Learn more

How to Submit a Request

Funding requests are submitted to the Enterprise Holdings Foundation Board through an online application process. Learn more

Grant FAQs

These Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to employees and representatives from non-profit organizations who are considering applying for grants from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. Learn more