Building sustainable communities through innovative giving to education, communities and the environment.

  • 3Mgives helps to build sustainable communities through strategic social investments and thoughtful engagement of 3Mers worldwide. 3M was one of the first companies to establish a foundation in 1953 and since that time the company has donated more than $1.4 billion in cash and in-kind gifts to non-profit organizations. 

    3M supports initiatives that provide evidence-based solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. We leverage our investments through partnerships with organizations with proven track records and that deliver results.

Giving Areas

  • Encourage student interest and awareness in STEM and business to build a diverse pipeline of talent.

    • Increase student achievement in STEM and business curriculum
    • Support post-secondary programs that attract, retain and graduate students
    • Drive equity and access to education for all communities

  • Enhance community vibrancy by improving standards of living, preparing youth, supporting the arts and contributing to global humanitarian relief efforts.

    • Support economic development initiatives and increase access to the arts
    • Prepare underserved youth for success through youth development programs
    • Provide global humanitarian aid

  • Invest in sustainable communities while supporting the livelihoods of indigenous people and advancing conservation and environmental education.

    • Sustain ecosystems and livelihoods
    • Advance conservation and environmental education

3M Volunteers

  • 3M employees volunteering

    Building communities through the time and talent of our people.

    3M volunteers represent the company's most impactful contribution to our communities. Volunteerism is an important part of our culture reflecting the corporate vision and supporting the company's leadership behaviors.  Each year, 3M Global Volunteer Day mobilizes tens of thousands of volunteers to mentor students and support youth development.

    Learn more about how 3M volunteers.

3Mgives in Action

  • May 29, 2015

    The room went dark. A single spotlight shone on a velvet curtain. And just as the music blared through the speakers, the curtain lifted, and the kids took center stage.

    May 29, 2015 Star for a Day Star for a Day
  • May 22, 2015

    The Minnesota Orchestra danced into the warm night to the sounds of Cuba’s own Septeto Habanero. The orchestra is the first from the U.S. to perform in Cuba since President Barack Obama took steps to normalize relations between the two countries.

    May 22, 2015 Sounds of Cultural Breakthrough Sounds of Cultural Breakthrough
  • May 21, 2015

    Kids with dreams of building tomorrow’s technologies pitted their custom built robots against each other at the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition in St. Louis.

    May 21, 2015 This is My Passion. I Design Robots. This is My Passion. I Design Robots.

3Mgives in Action

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