Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF)* is a workplace-giving program managed directly by employees.
ACECF is one of a small number of programs of this type in the U.S. 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 2019, ACECF will fund organizations in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington, D.C., focused in the following giving areas:
- Domestic & Family Violence
- Emergency Services
- Hunger Relief & Nutrition
- Senior Services (including Adults with Disabilities)
- Youth Services (including Youth with Disabilities)
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 Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia or Washington, D.C., as well as Pennsylvania (by invitation only). 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. This does not include grants accompanying volunteer events.
ACECF Request for Proposals
Thank you for your interest in applying for an ACECF grant. The 2019 ACECF application process is by invitation only. Employees in each of our states are working to develop an invitation list and we will notify nonprofits in April if they are invited.
* This program began at PM USA as the Philip Morris Employee Community Fund or PMECF.