PPG and the PPG Foundation today announced an investment of $13 million in 2020 to address the needs of local communities in the U.S. and internationally. The funding supported initiatives focused on education, COVID-19 relief, social justice and employee engagement.
“As the world faced the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, economic hardships and other challenges throughout 2020, our company's purpose to ‘protect and beautify the world’ guided our actions in serving our local communities and neighbors,” said Malesia Dunn, executive director, PPG Foundation and corporate global social responsibility.
Highlights of PPG’s 2020 community engagement commitments include:
- $4.5+ million to COVID-19 relief efforts. From Feeding America in the U.S. to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation, PPG partnered with more than 150 leading humanitarian and community-based organizations to fund more than $1.1 million in local recovery efforts. PPG also provided more than 5.1 million meals* to food insecure families; donated $1.9 million in masks, personal protective equipment and other in-kind supplies; and helped schools and other institutions transition to remote instruction.
Learn more and see a full list of partners here or read stories of the local impacts of our relief grants, including food resources for families in Mojave, Calif. and São Paulo, Brazil, life-saving hospital equipment in Alessandria, Italy and supplies to help schools in China safely reopen.
To hear from our employees and partner organizations about our relief efforts, click here (video) or see below.
Continuing these efforts in 2021 as part of PPG’s annual Global Leadership Meeting, hosted virtually from Jan. 25-27, 2021, the PPG Foundation made a $100,000 charitable donation to Rise Against Hunger, a growing, global movement to end hunger. The grant will support the organization’s efforts to mobilize a global network of meal packaging volunteers that produce millions of nutritious meals and distribute them to partners in countries around the world.
- $5.2 million to help build next-generation STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) leaders. From partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of Western Pa. to facilitating mentorship programs with Junior Achievement in Brazil, PPG funding helped community partners adapt to remote formats and supported opportunities for STEM discovery and advanced learning, including nearly $940,000 in student scholarships.
- 50% of PPG Foundation giving targeting diverse communities. The PPG Foundation continued its support of STEM programs that provide educational pathways for Black communities, people of color and other historically underrepresented populations in the U.S. In early 2021, PPG committed $20 million by 2025 in this area.
Learn more about PPG and the PPG Foundation’s investment in 2020 here (PDF).
Five years of revitalization with the COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® program
PPG’s global COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® program celebrated its five-year anniversary in 2020 and marked the completion of 330 projects. Since the program’s inception, more than 17,400 employee and community volunteers have brought color and brightness to community assets in 42 countries, impacting more than 6.7 million people.
Despite a reduced number of Colorful Communities projects in 2020 due to the global pandemic, PPG-sponsored research revealed color can improve classroom experiences for teachers and students. The research provided inspiration for a variety of Colorful Communities projects completed under health and safety guidelines in 2020, including:
- Zhangjiagang White Cloud Primary School in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, China: PPG employee volunteers united to restore a dance studio, reading room and exterior wall to beautify the school’s environment for more than 1,200 students.
- IC Carducci Vochieri in Alessandria, Italy: Alongside community partners, PPG volunteers reinvigorated a local middle school and provided a fresh start to more than 600 students returning to their classrooms amid the pandemic.
- Three learning environments in Uruguay and Brazil: Volunteers transformed classrooms with brightness and color, marking a safe return to the Colorful Communities program in Latin America.
- Richmond Heights Middle School, Miami: PPG leaders and volunteers from across the globe picked up their paint brushes in early 2020 to provide a colorful revitalization for the school and its 500 students.
Responding to disasters
As various parts of the world faced natural disasters or unforeseen hardships in 2020, PPG and the PPG Foundation also established and supported community rebuilding programs. The response to impacted communities included partnerships with the United Way of Southwestern Louisiana – Hurricane Laura Fund for emergency hurricane recovery programs and the Australian Red Cross following the catastrophic brushfires.
“While our Colorful Communities projects and global charitable giving may have looked different than in past years due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, our funding resources and the efforts of our committed employee volunteers continued to brighten schools and communities, spark passion for science and help those facing hardships,” said Dunn. “At a time when so much has changed, we remained focused on creating happier, healthier, more united communities and supporting our most vulnerable neighbors.”