Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF)* is a workplace-giving program managed directly by employees.
ACECF is unique in that it is the only employee-giving program of its type that is publicly reported among all U.S. companies. The fund illustrates the power of employees combining their contributions for a greater impact than they could achieve by donating individually. ACECF was founded in 2000 because employees wanted to be more actively involved in helping their communities. Employees choose the fund’s focus areas, and serve on committees that manage the fundraising and grantmaking selection process. 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
In 2015, ACECF provided funding to organizations in Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia, focused 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.