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Giving is Global at 3M


William L. McKnight
3M’s investment in communities, where the company operates, reflects the philosophy and practice of our governing principles since 1908.  Messrs. William L. McKnight and Archibald Bush, early 3M leaders, understood the importance of community vitality to business success.  Community engagement was encouraged at all levels of the company.  Junior Achievement was 3M’s first volunteer program and dates back to 1949.   To formalize 3M corporate philanthropy, the 3M Foundation was established in 1953, during the same year of the formation of the respective McKnight and Bush Foundations.
Archibald Bush

Since 1953, 3M and the 3M Foundation, coming together under the banner of 3Mgives, have invested $1.3 billion in cash and product in 3M communities around the world. Today, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Brazil maintain their own foundations and all other international subsidiaries manage corporate giving programs benefiting education, social services or the environment.

3Mgives Mission

3M is a science and technology company that creates.  For decades, 3M scientists and engineers have developed products that solve problems. 3M is also a company that cares – improving lives each day.  The mission of 3Mgives: To Improve Every Life through Innovative Giving in Education, Community and the Environment – mirroring our corporate vision: 

3M Technology Advancing Every Company
3M Products Enhancing Every Home
3M Innovation Improving Every Life  


Association with these organizations increases our effectiveness as we engage with peer companies to learn about national and global trends, best practices in program administration, evaluation, communication and reporting:

  • The Conference Board Contributions Council
  • American Council of Corporate Contributions Professionals
  • London Benchmarking Group
  • Technology Affinity Group
  • A Billion + Change
  • United Way Worldwide Global Corporate Leadership Advisory Council
  • And our data is also reported to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

2013 Giving Highlights

The 3Mgives Annual Report highlights cash and product donations to Education, Health and Human Services, Arts, Environment, Volunteer and Civic organizations. 3Mgives partners with employees and retirees; about eighty percent of all grantees are connected by a matching gift or volunteer service in education or community nonprofits. For more detailed information, visit Giving Area section of this site.



2013 3Mgives

Cash and In-Kind Giving by Program Area

3Mgives Summary


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2013 Annual Report (PDF 732K) (A4 Size; PDF, 691K)

3M and 3M Foundation
(PDF 282K)

Where We Give (PDF 74K)

3M Legal Affairs Pro Bono Annual Report (PDF, 1MB)

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