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

  • September 22, 2015

    Maxime arrived at the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center with a broken wing. She is the only female bald eagle at the 3M-sponsored center, and since she can’t be released into the wild, Maxime has become one of the coolest teachers a kid can have.

    September 22, 2015 Meet Maxime
  • September 04, 2015

    Morgan is getting her students hooked on science with a different kind of critter: LEGO robots.

    September 04, 2015 Robots Take Over 8th Grade
  • September 02, 2015

    3M Visiting Wizard and researcher Rick Rossiter reveals the secrets behind the science of air.

    September 02, 2015 In the Lab with 3M 4Kids: the Science of Air
  • August 24, 2015

    It’s not unusual to see an orangutan cause a ruckus by banging on the glass panels or pulling a pillowcase over its head at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

    August 24, 2015 What’s All the Noise About?

3Mgives in Action

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