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Cliffs Foundation Announces Contributions in Minnesota
DULUTH, MN – February 17, 2014 – Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLF) (Paris: CLF) announced today it will be making financial contributions to organizations in Northeastern Minnesota totaling $271,800 from its charitable giving arm, the Cliffs Foundation.
“Cliffs Natural Resources has maintained its long-term commitment to the communities in which it operates through significant contributions from the mine operations and the Cliffs Foundation,” said Sandy Karnowski, Cliffs’ district manager of public affairs in Minnesota. “We are continually impressed by the quality of projects that are proposed by organizations in our communities, and look forward to seeing the 2014 initiatives that have received Cliffs’ support come to life.”
Contributions and pledges from the Cliffs Foundation for 2014 include:
New 2014 Contributions:
Hibbing Salvation Army Rental Assistance Program $50,000
($10,000/year over 5 years)
Range Mental Health Center ADAPT Program $25,000
($5,000/year over 5 years)
Babbitt Playground Equipment $22,000
Volunteers in Education Tutor Program $20,000
($10,000/year over 2 years)
Minnesota Discovery Center Mobile Mining Exhibit $18,000
Michigan Tech Mindtrekkers Program $10,000
Friends of the Two Harbors Library Renovation $10,000
Northern Lights Community School Greenhouse $10,000
St. Louis County Historical Society Veterans Memorial Hall $10,000
($5,000/year over 2 years)
Advocates for Family Peace (Domestic Violence Programs) $7,500
Northern Lake County Arts Program $5,000
Iron Range Project Care Free Clinic $5,000
Two Harbors Robotics Team $5,000
Northwoods Hospice Memory Care Program $2,500
Schroeder Historical Society Native American Exhibit $2,500
Mesabi Symphony Orchestra $1,500
Multi-Year Ongoing Pledges:
Eveleth Area Community Foundation $10,000
Northern St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity $10,000
Ely Blue Line Club Arena Improvements $5,000
Range Mental Health Center Merritt House Wing Expansion $5,000
Silver Bay Blue Line Club Arena Improvements $5,000
Minnesota Discovery Center Archival Project $4,000
In addition, the Foundation provides annual support for several local organizations totaling $103,800.
The Cliffs Foundation focus areas include education and community building with priority being given to locations where Cliffs has business operations. Grant applications from 501(c)(3) qualified organizations will be accepted until June 1, 2014 for 2015 budget consideration.
Agencies that would like to apply for 2015 consideration or want to learn more about Cliffs’ charitable giving program are invited to visit the company’s website at www.cliffsnaturalresources.com and click on the Community Relations link under the Sustainability tab.
Attached photograph (from left): Donna Muellerleile, Marilyn Kapsch, and Joe Sherman, Babbitt Lion’s Club members, receive contribution for upgraded playground equipment from Sandy Karnowski, Cliffs’ district manager of public affairs.
About Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. is an international mining and natural resources company. A member of the S&P 500 Index, the Company is a major global iron ore producer and a significant producer of high- and low-volatile metallurgical coal. Cliffs’ strategy is to continually achieve greater scale and diversification in the mining industry through a focus on serving the world’s largest and fastest growing steel markets. Driven by the core values of social, environmental and capital stewardship, Cliffs associates across the globe endeavor to provide all stakeholders operating and financial transparency.
The Company is organized through a global commercial group responsible for sales and delivery of Cliffs products and a global operations group responsible for the production of the minerals the Company markets. Cliffs operates iron ore and coal mines in North America and one iron ore mining complex in Western Australia.Previous Press Releases:
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