Nonprofit Organizations and The Principals' Partnership Program Receive $8 Million From Union Pacific Foundation

Omaha, Nebr., March 29, 2005 – Nonprofit organizations and The Principals’ Partnership are receiving grants of $8 million from Union Pacific Foundation. The grants are being distributed to nonprofit organizations throughout the 23 states in which Union Pacific operates, and enable The Principals’ Partnership to extend its leadership programs to public high school principals in two additional states.

The 2005 grants support education, health and human services, and charitable outreach, and reflect Union Pacific’s more than 45-year tradition of supporting community and civic programs. The expansion of The Principals’ Partnership brings to 16 the total number of states in which the four-year-old program is available to public high school principals in key communities served by Union Pacific Railroad.

"Union Pacific is honored to continue our association with the great organizations that help to make our world a better place," said Jim Young, president of Union Pacific Railroad. "We are also very proud of the overwhelming reception The Principals’ Partnership has received among public high school principals. This year we’ve expanded our program to welcome high school principals in California and Nevada."

More than 800 public high school principals participate in The Principals’ Partnership – a nationally recognized program that helps fulfill principals’ leadership needs through a number of opportunities, including research, networking and workshops.

The Principals’ Partnership is available to public high school principals in Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals’ recently presented its Distinguished Service Award to The Principals’ Partnership. The program also has received special recognition from the Wyoming Association of Secondary School Principals and the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals.

Union Pacific Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Union Pacific Corporation. The foundation’s signature giving program, The Principals’ Partnership, assists public high school principals meet their leadership needs. Much of the foundation’s future philanthropic support will be directed toward this program.

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is the largest railroad in North America, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States. A strong focus on quality and a strategically advantageous route structure enable the company to serve customers in critical and fast growing markets. It is a leading carrier of low-sulfur coal used in electrical power generation and has broad coverage of the large chemical-producing areas along the Gulf Coast. With competitive long-haul routes between all major West Coast ports and eastern gateways, and as the only railroad to serve all six major gateways to Mexico, Union Pacific has the premier rail franchise in North America.

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