Investing in Communities

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​​We invest in nonprofits to help make our communities stronger and address issues important to our business. 
​Each year we donate millions of dollars​ in cash and in-kind contributions to hundreds of non-profit organizations. Our goal is to help find long-lasting solutions to the challenges facing our communities. For example, our support for education and youth development is an investment in our communities’ long-term future, and it also helps strengthen the next generation of our workforce.
​Today, our companies focus their giving in the following key areas:​

Altria's tobacco companies – Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company and John Middleton – invest in positive youth development as a way to help address a core business concern: underage tobacco use. Success360° helps organizations better support middle school kids' academic achievement and healthy development through collaboration in and out of the classroom.  


Learn more about our Success360° initiative.

Altria and its operating companies' environment contributions support organizations that focus on water quality and conservation, sustainable agriculture, and litter prevention and cleanup. To address water-quality issues, we partner with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and its Western Water Program. In addition, Altria partnered with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to plant trees to reduce the amount of pollutants entering the Chesapeake Bay watershed and to capture greenhouse gases.

Sustainable communities depend on committed leadership from many sectors, including business. Altria's companies are engaged corporate citizens in their headquarters and operating communities. Our leaders work collaboratively on solutions to local priorities. In 2014, Altria sponsored several Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce programs. These programs celebrated businesses that gave back to the community or enabled local leaders to visit and learn from other cities on how best to improve Richmond.


Altria's support for arts and cultural initiatives in Richmond, Va. and Washington, D.C. focuses on innovative programs that build and diversify audiences and increase community access to the arts. We also focus on major sponsorships that bring positive attention and thought-provoking, world-class cultural experiences to our communities.

For instance, we supported The Valentine's creation of the "This is Richmond, Virginia" exhibition. This museum engages and educates a diverse group of audiences by telling the story of Richmond's past and celebrating diversity. It serves as the only museum dedicated to Richmond's history and hosts conversations that provoke discussion and engage diverse groups of stakeholders, discussing some of Richmond's most sensitive topics in a meaningful way.

We support emergency relief by contributing to organizations such as the American Red Cross that provide aid for communities in times of natural disaster or crisis.

We support active duty and returning military personnel by addressing veterans' rehabilitation needs, contributing to employment programs for veterans and providing mentoring opportunities for their children. Through our partnership and investments with Virginia Values Veterans (V3), in 2015 the organization will double the number of Virginia employers that are V3 certified. 

Our "Contributing Together" programs encourage employees to get involved in their communities and support non-profit organizations. Our employees make an impact by donating their time as volunteers, which the company often recognizes with a financial contribution through our Dollars for Doers program. If they contribute financially, they can increase the size of their contribution through our Matching Gifts program. And many contribute their leadership skills through board service.

Altria coordinates company-sponsored volunteer activities in communities where we live and work. In 2014, our volunteer challenge program nearly doubled employee participation in company-sponsored events. The volunteer challenge included a volunteer recognition program acknowledging employee contributions to the community on an ongoing basis.

Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) was founded in 2000 and is a workplace-giving program administered and managed directly by employees. It's the only employ​ee-giving program of its type that is publicly reported among all U.S. companies, according to Changing Our World.