Norfolk Southern Foundation expanded charitable giving to $7 million in 2012

 Norfolk Southern Foundation expanded charitable giving to $7 million in 2012

PR Newswire

NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 29, 2013

NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Norfolk Southern Foundation,
the charitable giving affiliate of Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC),
awarded $7 million in grants to nonprofit charitable organizations during
2012, a 13 percent increase over 2011.

The NS Foundation supports programs to help nonprofit organizations in
providing food, shelter, and medical care to those in need; expanding
educational opportunities for children; preserving the environment; and
promoting arts and culture.

"As a leading transportation provider, we believe we also should take the lead
in investing in the communities where we operate," said Norfolk Southern CEO
Wick Moorman.

In 2012, the NS Foundation provided:

  o$2.55 million to 80 United Way campaigns and other health and human
    services groups: More than $1 million of this amount was distributed among
    The American Red Cross to assist with Superstorm Sandy relief; ForKids
    Inc. to help homeless families with children become self-supporting; and
    food pantries, including the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, Central
    Pennsylvania Food Bank,Atlanta Community Food Bank, and Feeding America
    Southwest Virginia.
  o$1.24 million to cultural and performing arts groups, including: Virginia
    Arts Festival, Virginia Opera, Virginia Symphony, Virginia Stage Company,
    Chrysler Museum, North Carolina Transportation Museum, Western Virginia
    Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, Woodruff Arts Center, and Zoo
  o$1.14 million to educational organizations:  Benefiting from the 15
    percent funding increase in this category were Virginia Early Childhood
    Foundation and Smart Beginnings-Hampton Roads,  which prepare children to
    enter kindergarten; the ACCESS Scholarship Foundation, which provides
    scholarships to enable high school graduates in Hampton Roads to attend
    college; and 16 universities that received $300,000 in grants under the
    Norfolk Southern College Partnership Program. This program, established in
    2006, builds relationships to enhance the railroad's recruiting
    opportunities, particularly for business and engineering graduates.
  o$345,000 to civic, community, and environmental groups: As part of its
    environmental support, the Foundation provided grants to the Chesapeake
    Bay Foundation, Nature Conservancy of Virginia, and Elizabeth River
    Project to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and
    people. NS also supported the American Chestnut Foundation's project to
    reforest reclaimed mine sites in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia,
    Virginia, and Kentucky with native, disease-resistant American chestnut

Each year, the NS Foundation gives its operations division employees an
opportunity to recommend eligible nonprofit organizations in their communities
to receive grants. During 2012, $180,000 was awarded to police, fire, and
emergency response organizations; school programs; and historical and
community groups as part of NS' local discretion grant program.

Overall, grants were made to 350 organizations in NS' operating territory, and
an additional 525 organizations benefitted from $1.66 million in employee
matching gifts.

NS Foundation sets funding at $7 million for 2013
In 2013, the Foundation again will award $7 million in grants. Since its
creation in 1983, the Foundation has contributed nearly $131 million to
thousands of civic and charitable organizations throughout Norfolk Southern's
territory. In the last five years, it provided more than $29.6 million in

Grants are awarded to eligible organizations located within Norfolk Southern
Corporation territory. Applications for 2014 funding will be accepted July
15-Sept. 30, 2013. For information about eligibility and application
procedures, visit Norfolk Southern Foundation.

Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation's premier transportation
companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately
20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every
major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient
connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most
extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal,
automotive, and industrial products.

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SOURCE Norfolk Southern Corporation

Contact: Media: Susan Terpay, +1-757-823-5204,; NS
Foundation: Katheryn Fletcher, +1-757-629-2881,
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