CH gets America's Farmers Grow Communities donation


Each year, the America's Farmers Grow Communities program partners with local farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits. Grow Communities, which is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, provides farmers the opportunity to support and give back to nonprofit organizations they care about in their local communities by enrolling for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice. Since 2010, the Grow Communities program has given more than $29 million to nonprofits across rural America.

Farmer Leslie B. McIntosh of McIntosh Brothers Farm directed a $2,500 grant to Clarendon Hall, Summerton, as part of the program.

McIntosh is a Clarendon Hall graduate, former board trustee and land trust board member.

He said, "I have always supported Clarendon Hall and its mission of academic excellence in a Christian environment. I am grateful Monsanto offers these grants to support local communities and am happy to direct this donation to the school where my wife and I, along with our two sons, graduated, and where all our grandchildren now attend."

As part of its mission, Clarendon Hall will use the money to improve technology.

"We are most appreciative of this grant which we will use to purchase more computers for our students. I express my sincerest appreciation to Mr. McIntosh and the America's Farmers Grow Communities program for their generosity and commitment," said Phillip Rizzo Jr., Clarendon Hall headmaster.

Since the program began in 2010, the Grow Communities program has partnered with farmers to support nonprofit organizations important to them in their local communities. The program has given more than $29 million to farming communities since its inception, including more than $3 million in 2018. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit they care about in their community. The organizations reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs, food banks and many others.

"Farmers play a pivotal role in rural communities, and through their commitment to the Grow Communities program, we are able to provide the monetary support these nonprofit organizations need to make an impact," said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. "We're proud to play a part in helping these rural communities grow and thrive."

About America's Farmers

The America's Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern U.S. agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America. To learn more, visit America's Farmers at

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at