United Way

The Greater Twin Cities United Way celebrated its Centennial Year with 3M’s Chairman, President and CEO, Inge Thulin, the 2015 campaign leader. 3Mers answered the call to step up and help those in need. During the 2015 campaign, 3Mers donated $6.1 million and 53,000 hours of their time—both records for the program. These results earned 3M the Greater Twin Cities United Way "Best in Show" award for the second year in a row – the first time back-to-back win ever accomplished by a company in the Twin Cities. In addition, 3M Austin won the Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award from the United Way for Greater Austin.

  • United Way event

    3M is thankful for our longstanding partnership with United Way organizations worldwide, and in particular the Greater Twin Cities United Way.

  • 3M 5k Race Crowd

    As part of the 2015 campaign, more than 800 3Mers and their families ran and walked to support the United Way at 3M's 5K Fun Racer.

3M improves lives around the world.
  • Red Cross member helping communities hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

    3M Expands Hurricane Relief Efforts

    3M is expanding its product donations and cash contributions for Hurricane Harvey to include the people and communities impacted by Hurricane Irma.

    We are pleased that employee and retiree gifts have exceeded the $250,000 match for Hurricane Harvey. In response to Hurricane Irma, a new match of up to $250,000 has been added. Overall, support for relief efforts is expected to reach approximately $2 million in product, employee and retiree match and cash contributions.

    3M product donations also are extended to support those in Florida and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Irma. Donations include the following needed products:

    • First aid tapes and bandages
    • Respirators
    • Safety glasses
    • Stethoscopes
    • Infection prevention products
    • Ergonomic products for industrial use
    • Various tapes including packaging and box sealing tape, duct tape, and reflective tape
    • Earplugs
    • Working gloves and sponges 
    • Abrasives such as sanding sponges
    • 3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent

    For more information on how 3M’s global community partners are responding to the storms, visit American Red Cross, Direct Relief and Global Giving.

  • Mexico Earthquake

    3M is working with our subsidiary partners outside of the United States to support humanitarian aid requests, specifically the recent earthquake in Mexico.

  • 3Mgives Volunteers

    Investing our resources. Investing ourselves.

    In addition, in fall 2017 3M and DonorsChoose.org launched the Robotics Innovation Challenge, which supports teachers in bringing hands-on robotics projects to public school classrooms. 3M will invest up to $500K over the course of this three-phase program that challenges teachers to come up with creative ways to help students learn about robotics, rewards the most innovative and impactful projects, and incentivizes teachers in other schools to replicate the winning projects. Visit the 3M Robotics Innovation Challenge campaign page to check out robotics projects, see the latest stats about the campaign’s impact and read comments from teachers and donors.

3Mgives makes a positive impact in our three focus areas.

  • 3M Visiting Wizard


    3Mgives supports initiatives that increase student interest in STEM and business to help build a diverse pipeline of future leaders.

    For example, our 3M Visiting Wizards program shares the magic of science with students through demonstrations and hands-on experiments. More than 800,000 students have seen science applied in demonstrations ranging from catapults to cryogenics.

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    3Mgives enhances community vibrancy by improving standards of living, preparing youth for life-long success, increasing access to quality and diverse arts opportunities and contributing to global humanitarian relief efforts.

  • Closed Loop Fund Signage


    3Mgives invests in programs that foster sustainable communities.

    In one example, 3M committed a $5 million investment to the Closed Loop Fund, a collaborative social impact resource that provides municipalities with access to capital needed to build comprehensive recycling programs.

Featured Partner

Our investments are more impactful as a result of partnerships with organizations that have a proven track record for delivering results. 3M salutes our community partners for their commitment to improving lives in so many incredible ways.

3M supports the National Museum of African American History and Culture

  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture commemorates the African American experience as seen through the eyes of those who lived it. Established by an Act of Congress in 2003, the NMAAHC counts more than 36,000 artifacts in its extensive collection. 3M is proud to be a cornerstone donor to this important institution on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. As NMAAHC founding director Lonnie G. Bunch III so eloquently put it: “There are few things as powerful and as important as a people, as a nation that is steeped in its history.” The Museum opens on September 24.

Building community through the time and talent of our people.

3Mers love making a difference—especially when they can apply science and innovation to change lives. We’re proud of their efforts and encourage them to improve lives in their communities.

  • 3M Global Volunteer Day

    *3M Marks its 3rd Annual Global Volunteer Day

    More than 100 3M volunteers from the company's service center in San Jose, Costa Rica revitalized a playground for students at a local school.

Grants and Matching Gifts

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