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.

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  • group of people at the flash funds DonorsChoose.org projects for Saint Paul Public Schools

    3M flash funds DonorsChoose.org projects for Saint Paul Public Schools

    On Dec. 8, 3M surprised Saint Paul Public School teachers and students by announcing that the company funded all projects in the district that were live on DonorsChoose.org as of the morning of Dec. 8. 

    The announcement included 160 projects that impact 15,571 students at 28 schools. To date, 3M has donated more than $1.2 million to teacher projects through our partnership with DonorsChoose.org, which provides an online donation platform where public school teachers can post requests for classroom materials and experiences for their students. 

    Teachers received funding for materials ranging from art supplies to local college tours to sensory equipment for early learners to technology to empower students with disabilities.

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    Investing our resources. Investing ourselves.

    3Mgives improves lives and builds sustainable communities through 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 contributed $1.45 billion in cash and in-kind gifts to community partners.

    3Mgives continues to support initiatives that have a real impact in communities and that provide solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Our investments are more impactful as a result of partnerships with organizations with a proven track record for delivering results

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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.

    Learn more about education investments

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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.

    Learn more about community partners

    Learn about 3M Impact, our skills-based service program

  • 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.

    Learn more about environmental initiatives

Featured Program

  • 3M Impact team members learn farming techniques

    At 3M, we believe in the power of our people to help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. Through our skills-based service program, 3M Impact, teams of employees have an opportunity to travel to a different country, where they spend two immersive weeks collaborating with a local nonprofit organization, social enterprise or government agency to contribute to a solution for a pressing social or environmental issue.

    Learn more about 3M Impact and hear about past participants’ experiences by visiting the program site: 

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