3M Foundation and others lead the way

With so many good causes, it can be difficult to pick which project to invest in.

One way to narrow the field is to look at who the big guys give to. Organizations and foundations like 3M Foundation require applicants to go through a rigorous process for funding, so you know that the nonprofits that receive these grants have had to really think through how they’ll use that money.

Today we received a FANTASTIC email from Jane Kovacs of 3M Austin public relations, in which she describes how 3M Foundation awarded $287,500 to area non-profits to fund programs that advance education initiatives throughout Central Texas.  The grants below include what 3M has donated just in June and July. To date, 3M Foundation grants in the Central Texas area total more than $500,000 this year.

Ready to make a donation? Take a look at how 3M gives its money away and see if any of these projects sound like something you’d like to be a part of.

Know why they’re smiling? They’re about to help a lot of people. Pictured (left to right): Kim Price, vice president, 3M Community Affairs; Sherry Klein, United Way development officer; Mary Carlson, chair of the 2012 3M Austin Community Giving Campaign and manufacturing director, Electrical Markets Division; and Debbie McGee, United Way vice president of resource development.

During a July 11 employee event, 3M Austin presented a check for $171,000 to the United Way for Greater Austin, representing the 3M Foundation’s 50-percent match of the $340,837 3M Austin employees pledged during the 2012 Community Giving campaign. Austin employees also contributed 1,230 volunteer hours to local non-profits. 3M is the single largest corporate donor to the United Way for Greater Austin.

Austin Jazz Workshop Inc., a unique project that brings professional jazz musicians directly into public school classrooms, will receive $2,500 to help fund the “Bossa Nova and Beyond” in-school project that focuses on Brazilian composers.

$2,500 was earmarked for the Film Society of Austin’s AFS Film Club, a partnership with AISD that uses courses in filmmaking to develop critical thinking, technology skills and encourage scholastic exploration in the field of fine arts.

Open Door Preschools will use $3,000 to help fund a Literacy AmeriCorps tutor for their pre-literacy program at Open Door M Station.

The University of Texas at Austin (on behalf of ACE: A Community for Education) received $5,000 to support the ACE Tutoring Expansion Project that provides low-income schools with highly trained AmeriCorps tutors to ensure that children advance to grade level in reading before third grade.

The Seeing Special Things program at the Austin Museum of Art, Inc. is a multi-visit program that introduces 2nd- through 5th-grade students from Title I schools to the visual arts and the concepts of visual literacy. They received $5,000.

A grant of $5,000 will help support the Care Van of the Caring for Children Foundation of Texas. The Care Van program provides immunizations to uninsured and medically underserved children, and this grant focuses on the Wooten/Burnet/Lanier attendance area.

The National Wildlife Federation received $5,000 to assist in the local implementation of Eco-Schools USA, an environmental education program which engages elementary and middle school students in STEM learning while addressing campus sustainability goals.

$7,500 will go to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Inc. for the Kids Café, a program that provides afterschool and summer meals to children ages 5-18.

For the Children, was granted $8,000 to be used to purchase basic school supplies for over 2,700 school children including crayons, pencils, glue, markers, spiral notebooks, folders and scissors.

Meals on Wheels and More, Inc. received $8,000 for the Meals for Kids, providing nutritious, kid-friendly meals and nutrition education to children of low-income families. The grant supports the 3M Booker T. Washington Meals for Kids program site.

$10,000 for BookSpring will help fund the Reading Is Fundamental program at Wooten Elementary for the 2013-14 school year.

Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. received $10,000 for in support for the Trailblazer II—a 40-foot trailer loaded with interactive exhibits aimed at promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for Texas youth. The Trailblazer II, the second unit to the Trailblazer fleet, was introduced to the Austin community at an unveiling at the 3M Austin Innovation Center June 6.

A $20,000 grant to the Long Center for the Performing Arts will support the Redd Carpet Fund to enable twenty diverse, small arts organizations to utilize the world-class facilities of the Long Center.

Junior Achievement of Central Texas has been approved for $25,000 for JA’s Central Texas High School Initiative, a project to support and expand two specific JA programs in high school classrooms to improve financial literacy, increase STEM-focused instruction, and improve career and workforce readiness.

About 3M Community Giving
3M Community Giving is helping to improve lives in communities around the world. Celebrating 60 years of formalized giving, 3M and the 3M Foundation have invested more than $1.2 billion in cash and products to education and charitable organizations. These donations were bolstered by thousands of employee and retiree volunteers. In 2012, 3M awarded more than $50 million to non-profit organizations. For more information, visit www.3Mgiving.com.

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