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Community Outreach


3Mgives has a long history of financial, in-kind and volunteer support, especially in education, and health and human services. We’ve coordinated funding to educational institutions and nonprofit organizations that actively support career enrichment opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds especially in science and technology.

At the K-12th grade level, 3Mgives inspires student interest and success in STEM programs, (science, technology, economics, and math.) by advancing teacher excellence and college readiness. 3M also invests in college-level programs in science, engineering, business, and provides funding to increase opportunities for diverse individuals entering these fields and programs to retain them.

Our emphasis for arts and culture giving is to encourage arts organizations with strong education and community outreach; to promote artistic and cultural diversity; and support premier arts organizations.

3Mgives donated cash and products to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. – the first national museum dedicated to the portrayal of Native American life, history, art and cultures. 3M is currently in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture project. This innovative project is designed to provide an educational platform that will share the importance of the rich heritage and contributions of African American people.

For more than 60 years, 3M has supported the vital work of the United Way, and the organization remains the bedrock of 3M’s health and human services giving.

  • For its philanthropy, volunteer engagement and community impact, 3M earned United Way Worldwide’s highest national honor: the 2013 United Way Spirit of American Award.
  • 3M was the first corporation to be presented the “Excellence in Mentoring in America: Corporate Leadership” award by the National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR), a champion for youth mentoring in the U.S.
  • 3M was honored with a Silver U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for providing more than 10,000 volunteer hours to Junior Achievement.

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3M is a leader in workplace volunteerism, and thousands of 3M employees and retirees across the United States generously volunteer their time and talents. For more than 60 years, volunteerism has been among 3M’s greatest contributions to the communities in which our employees live and work. Our employees are encouraged to share their talents and skills to strengthen their communities.

3M employees and retirees worldwide understand they are part of a community that is much larger than their local facilities. Their volunteerism enriches schools, makes communities more vibrant, and helps children from diverse neighborhoods achieve greater academic success.

National Organizations 3M Supports

3M has been a pioneer in many of the national diverse organizations and participates in many career conferences at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Some examples include American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, National Sales Network (NSN), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE).