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 2018, our employees spent more than 51,000 hours volunteering in their communities and 99 percent of our executives served on more than 120 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. 

Learn more​ about our Success360° initiative.

In 2018, PM USA, USSTC, Middleton &
Nu Mark provided a combined​
$30.8 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.



Altria and its companies' 2018
Environmental Contributions Totaled
$5.6 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 2018, Altria and its companies' Civic 
  
Engagement Contributions Totaled 
$3.6 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.
 
 

Altria's 2018 Arts & Culture
Contributions Totaled
$3.6 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.

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.​

In 2018, Altria and its Companies'
Humanitarian Aid & Military Support
Contributions Totaled
$2.5 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 2018, 99 percent of Altria executives served on more than 120 non-profit boards.


In 2018, more than 53 percent of 
Altria employees volunteered more than
51,000 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.​​

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