The Harley Davidson Foundation’s Grant Funding

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Harley Davidson Foundation

With more than 30 years of experience leading both conventional U.S. Army units and Special Operations units, David Haight most recently served as a major general in the U.S. Army. Outside of his career in the Army, David Haight enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Committed to building strong, sustainable communities, Harley Davidson created the Harley Davidson Foundation to partner with charitable organizations that invest in health, education, and the environment. The foundation provides grants to 501(c)3 or 170(c) organizations that work near Harley Davidson’s corporate offices in the areas of Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls, Wauwatosa, or Tomahawk, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; Kansas City, Missouri; Valley View, Ohio; York, Pennsylvania; Plano, Texas; and Yucca or Mohave County, Arizona.

Organizations seeking funding must submit a grant application that clearly outlines their program’s goals and expected outcomes. The grant application must also explain how the organization takes a collaborative approach to solving the issue at hand and how the target population will benefit from the program.

For more information about the Harley Davidson Foundation and its grant funding, visit


Harley-Davidson Panhead Engines

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While serving in the United States military, Army Maj. Gen. David Haight also maintained a number of hobbies, including hunting, boating and water skiing, and riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Army Maj. Gen. David Haight briefly rode borrowed moto-cross bikes early in his teenage years but picked up riding his touring bike with clubs many years later and has continued to do so throughout a career that includes a term at Fort Benning, Georgia, as the commandant of the US Infantry School.

The iconic motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson is responsible for the development of a number of mechanical innovations, such as the panhead engine. This popular engine design provided more power over previous designs and gained mass exposure when a Harley-Davidson with a panhead engine was converted to a chopper and ridden by Peter Fonda in the movie Easy Rider.

The Harley-Davidson company discontinued manufacturing the panhead engine in mid-1960s, but many motorcycle enthusiasts and restorers still prefer the panhead-style motorcycle over more modern designs. The Harley-Davidson panhead motor gained popularity because it was easier to work on with its hydraulic lifters and revised aluminum heads, which removed the need to constantly adjust the valves and helped the engine to run consistently cooler.