Established in 1952, Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively invests in improving the quality of life in more than 32 countries around the world where Alcoa operates.

The Alcoa Foundation assists Australian communities in four main areas:
  • Awarding grants to non-profit organisations in accordance with the Areas of Excellence that support conservation and sustainability, global education and workplace skills, business and community partnerships and safe and healthy children and families
  • Encouraging employee engagement (volunteering) through two programs – ACTION and Bravo! 
  • Response to local and global needs when disaster strikes and taking a proactive role in strengthening communities in emergency preparedness.
  • establishing a global Social Venture/Enterprise Forum to bring together experts from around the world to help Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) be more effective and financially sustainable
In Australia, the Alcoa Foundation strengthens the capacities of individuals and communities by providing skills, expertise and financial support for local communities.  Alcoa employees who volunteer provide direct benefit to community organisations, but also assist develop the by-products of volunteering - such as friendship, belonging, tolerance and trust amongst members of the group and the wider community.
The nature of community organisations that have received support from our employee engagement initiatives reflect the broad skills and interests of our employees.  They have included emergency services, disability services, sports, arts and environmental groups.
The program links the Alcoa Foundation to representatives from all community sectors through relationships that have been forged through our employees volunteer efforts.  The program recognises that employees and community organisations are best placed to identify local issues and areas that require financial support, human support or both.  The existing framework encourages volunteers to develop their own strategies and make their own policy decisions suited to their individual interests and community needs.

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Alcoa's Worldwide Month of Community Service - 2006

Alcoa's annual Worldwide Month of Service in October 2006 is a company-wide event that recognises and encourages the volunteer efforts of thousands of employees around the world. For more information and to find events happening in your area, click the link below.

Employee volunteering - Bravo!

In 2005, 685 Alcoa employees across Australia received Bravo! grants and contributed 82,593 volunteer hours to community organisations.P>

Employee volunteering - in ACTION

In 2005, the Alcoa Foundation supported 40 ACTION grants Australia-wide.