Investing in Communities

Our Focus Areas
Altria and its operating companies invest in education and positive youth development, arts and culture programs, humanitarian aid and military support, and protecting the environment.​
Our Focus Areas
Altria and its operating companies invest in education and positive youth development, arts and culture programs, humanitarian aid and military support, and protecting the environment.​
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Sixty years ago, George Weissman, a Vice President at Philip Morris, excitedly sat in his company’s boardroom.​​
george-weissman-150.pngHe’d had hundreds of conversations with the senior executives in his career, but this request was different. After a few preliminary agenda items, Weissman confidently presented a plan to the Board. He wanted to give away some of Philip Morris’ money to local non-profits. As he advanced in his career, he began to consider the impact that corporations could have on society and began to champion corporate giving. In the early 20th century, corporate giving was not a part of American business culture, but Weissman had a vision and pursued it.
Following Weissman’s presentation to the Board that day in 1958, Philip Morris made its first corporate contribution to the arts by offering "Philip Morris Festival of the Stars".​​ ​
Today, Altria and its operating companies continue that tradition by investing millions of dollars of cash and in-kind contributions to non-profit organizations that strengthen their communities. Our goal is to help charitable organizations find long-lasting solutions to common issues.​​
Our giving today builds on our rich history and focuses on important business issues like underage tobacco prevention and protecting the environment. The power of our giving is not only financial. Our employees follow in the steps of their predecessors by giving their time and service. In 2017, our employees spent more than 45,000 hours volunteering in their communities and more than 98 percent of our executives served on more than 100 non-profit boards. Our company is filled with community-minded employees who are proud to be a part of our legacy of giving.
See a list of Altria Group and its companies’ 2017 grantees​​​​.

​Our companies focus their giving in the following key areas:​
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Supporting Youth Development​
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Supporting Youth Development
​Altria's tobacco companies invest in positive youth development as a way to help address a core business concern: underage tobacco use. There is no single reason why young people engage in risky behaviors, such as experimenting with tobacco products, alcohol or drugs. Experts point to a variety of societal, environmental and personal factors that must be considered to help prevent these behaviors, and recommend a multi-faceted approach. That’s why Success360°​ helps nonprofits better support middle school kids' academic achievement and healthy development in and out of the classroom. 

For example, we support The First Tee’s DRIVE program, an engaging sports-based program focused on essential character-building values that help kids succeed in life. Each lesson of the program is integrated with core values including honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.​

Learn more​ about our Success360° initiative.

In 2017, PM USA, USSTC & Middleton
provided a combined​
$25.1 m​​illion
for Altria's Success360° initiative.​​

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Protecting the Environment
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Protecting the Environment
​Our environmental goals focus on reducing the environmental impact of our businesses and promoting the sustainability of the natural resources on which we depend.
 
We partner with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to address water conservation efforts, tree reforestation, sustainable agricultural practices and protecting the Chesapeake Bay. Additionally, Altria partners with Keep America Beautiful to support the Great American Cleanup that takes place annually in an estimated 20,000 communities nationwide.​
 

Altria and its companies' 2017
Environmental Contributions Totaled
$3.6 million.​

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Civic Engagement
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Civic Engagement
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 2017, Altria invested in FutureRVA, a local chamber of commerce initiative to support talent development, to foster sustainability and improve quality of life in the Richmond region. Altria participates in FutureRVA’s manufacturing industry cluster that aims to help create a robust pipeline of local talent, especially for STEM, advanced manufacturing and skilled-trade careers.



In 2017, Altria and its companies' Civic 
  
Engagement Contributions Totaled 
$1.2 million.​
 
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Arts & Culture​
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Arts & Culture
We support a variety of arts & culture initiatives in Richmond, Va. and Washington D.C., to increase community access to high-quality arts and cultural experiences. We focus on major sponsorships for innovative programs, which attract new and expanded audiences while increasing community access to the arts. We also focus on major sponsorships to bring positive attention to these cities as great places to live and work. 
 
In 2017, Altria sponsored two programs at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., an exhibition entitled Louder Than Words which explores the role of rock music in America’s understanding of the First Amendment; and a three-year series commemorating the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, called Civil Rights at 50. And we partnered with the Kennedy Center on a yearlong slate of events to commemorate President Kennedy’s 100th birthday. 
 
In Richmond, Altria signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Science Museum of Virginia’s first major traveling exhibition, DaVinci AliveThe Experience. This exhibition draws connections between DaVinci’s work and modern technology through engaging with DaVinci’s art and machines. We also committed to support a three-year program of community outreach initiatives at the Valentine, a museum that collects and preserves Richmond’s history and stories.
 
 

Altria's 2017 Arts & Culture
Contributions Totaled
$2.7 million.
 

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Humanitarian Aid & Military Support
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Humanitarian Aid & Military Support
Our company is proud to support programs for veterans, active duty and transitioning military personnel as well as their families, and these investments are producing results. For example, through our partnership and investment with Hire Heroes USA, Altria supported the confirmed hiring of more than 2,300 U.S. military veterans and spouses since 2013. The USO, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Hope for the Warriors and many other groups are partners in these efforts.

Altria supports emergency relief by annually contributing to the American Red Cross, an organization that provides aid for communities in times of natural disaster or crisis.​ Due to the active 2017 hurricane season, we contributed nearly $1.3 million to help those affected by these devastating storms. On top of increased contributions, employees from across the company provided more than 9,200 comfort and hygiene kits to those in need, and leverage our Matching Gifts program to provide personal donations to hurricane relief organizations such as the Red Cross and many others.


In 2017, Altria and its Companies'
Humanitarian Aid & Military Support
Contributions Totaled
$3.2 million.​

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Employee Engagement
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Employee Engagement
​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 recognizes with a financial contribution through our Dollars for Doers program.
  • Though our Matching Gifts Program, employees can increase the size of their donation to their nonprofit of choice. Many employees, including most of our executives, contribute their leadership skills through board service.
  • In 2017, 98 percent of Altria executives served on more than 100 non-profit boards.

Altria coordinates both large and small scale company-sponsored volunteer activities in the communities where we live and work. In 2017, we enhanced the Altria Volunteers program with goals of sustaining high levels of participation, offering more flexible volunteer options, and helping develop leadership and inclusion skills through volunteerism. As a result, we attained a record number of volunteer participation and contributed more than 45,000 hours of volunteer service in our local communities.​

In 2017, more than 55 percent of 
Altria employees volunteered more than
45,000 hours
in their communities.​

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Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) was founded in 2000 and is a workplace-giving program administered and managed directly by employees. It's one of a small number of programs of this type in the U.S.​​