partnering stronger communities
 
our future is their future
The Premier of Western Australia Alan Carpenter, along with Alcoa’s Managing Director Alan Cransberg, announced Alcoa’s multi-million dollar commitment to the Wagerup Sustainability Fund in early July.
 
The announcement is another demonstration of Alcoa’s continued commitment to building capacity in the South-West region and creating stronger communities in our operational areas. 
 
Through the Wagerup Sustainability Fund, established under the Trusteeship of the Western Australian Community Foundation (the Foundation), Alcoa has made a multi-million dollar donation commitment, which will be linked to production at the Wagerup Refinery, and could be up to $15 million over the next 20 years.
 
Local community members came up with the idea for the Wagerup Sustainability Fund in 2004 following forums which enabled community members to table ideas for their future.  The Fund will focus on supporting projects that: 
  • Produce long term sustainable outcomes for communities in and around Harvey and Waroona;
  • Enhance leadership, knowledge, enterprise and innovation;
  • Further preserve and protect the local environment; and
  • Contribute to creating positive and stronger communities.
 
Alcoa’s Managing Director Alan Cransberg explained that the Fund is a unique model of social investment, with local community members working alongside the Foundation to determine the Fund’s spend.
 
“It is tremendously important to Alcoa that we support our communities in the way they want to be supported.  This endowed fund is a first for Alcoa and offers the best return for our community,” Mr Cransberg said.
 
“The community reaps the benefit of our contribution and its interest. It is an ideal vehicle to ensure the community benefits in perpetuity. Grants are made from the interest earned, so the corpus remains and grows which creates a sustainable financial model that supports the local community now and into the future.
 
“Partnering stronger communities is a core value of Alcoa and we see this venture as a win-win, affording opportunity to grow and prosper for all parties.”
 
“One of the best things about the Fund is that while Alcoa is the primary contributor, other businesses and individuals can donate as well if they wish,” Mr Cransberg said.
 
Recommendations on how to best support the community and distribute funds will be driven by two local advisory committees, representative of the communities of Harvey and Waroona.  The Foundation’s structure allows it to be responsive to the current and emerging needs of the community.
 
Alcoa is the first corporate company to set up a trust with the Western Australian Community Foundation.

united way and alcoa – in partnership for over 45 years
Alcoa and United Way are celebrating more than 45 years of partnership. 
 
Over this time, the three-way partnership between Alcoa, Alcoa employees and United Way has seen assistance given to tens of thousands of disadvantaged families and children in our Victorian communities.
 
Nearly 50 per cent of employees from Point Henry and Anglesea participate in a payroll donation scheme which is then donated to United Way Geelong.  The money from employees at Portland Aluminium goes to United Way Glenelg.
 
The partnership has evolved into much more than a traditional sponsorship based purely on financial support.  Importantly, the growth and long standing nature of the partnership has provided invaluable continuity to the not-for-profit sector allowing United Way and others to plan further into the future, rather than only on an annual basis – which ultimately assists more disadvantaged people in the community.
 
The Alcoa/ United Way partnership supports a range of programs including crisis support for: children, families and individuals; youth at risk; disability services; health and rehabilitation; education and information; aged care programs; and community engagement.
Alcoa thanks its employees for their significant generosity to their local communities.


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Shire of Harvey President Peter Monagle, CEO WACF Tonia Swetman, Premier of WA Alan Carpenter, Alcoa Managing Director Alan Cransberg, Local artist Warren East & Shire of Waroona President Noel Dew



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Alcoa Managing Director Alan Cransberg announces our multi-million dollar commitment to the Wagerup Sustainability Fund



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Some of our Portland Aluminium employees who actively encourage fellow employees to get involved in the United Way partnership - scroll down for full story