Celebrating 20 Years of Community Giving
Giving back to our communities is a hallmark of business for U.S. Borax and our parent company, Rio Tinto. The Borax Visitor Center Foundation—made up of company and community leaders—oversees the disbursement of Visitor Center funds through an annual grant program.
The Borax Visitor Center Foundation Grant Program supports nonprofit, tax-exempt, and governmental organizations in and around Boron, California—the location of our U.S. mine. Founded in 1998, the Foundation has returned more than $300,000 in funding, including nearly $100,000 in scholarships, to the community over the past two decades.
Each year, the Foundation awards thousands of dollars in grants aimed to improve public education, health and human services, and historic preservation. The funding for these grants comes from Borax Visitor Center gift store proceeds, visitor donations, Borax employee payroll donations, and company contributions, with Rio Tinto Minerals matching 50 cents on each dollar that our employees give.