Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF)* was founded in 2000 because employees wanted to be more actively involved in helping local communities.
ACECF is a workplace-giving program that is administered and managed directly by employees. Employees choose the fund’s focus areas, and an employee committee selects the grant recipients from submitted proposals. Altria Group makes an annual contribution to ACECF and pays its administrative costs. This ensures that every employee dollar raised goes directly to support non-profit organizations in our local communities. Check out this ACECF overview PDF
In 2014, ACECF will provide funding to organizations in Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia, and will continue focusing in the following giving areas:
- Domestic Violence
- Emergency Services
- Hunger Relief
- Senior Services (including Adults with Disabilities)
- Youth Services (including Youth with Disabilities)
* This program began at PM USA as the Philip Morris Employee Community Fund or PMECF.
ACECF Grantmaking Guidelines
ACECF grantees must be non-profit, tax-exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that operate within the states of Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee or Virginia. Tax-exempt status must be active at the time of application.
Organizations may not submit a grant application to ACECF for a specific program currently being funded by a corporate grant from the Altria family of companies. If an organization has another program within the ACECF focus areas, then it can receive funding for that program. This does not include grants accompanying volunteer events.