Making a difference, together.

At Alcoa Foundation, we know that to make a difference, we need strong partners. Our goal is to develop multi-dimensional and robust programming with non-governmental organizations and nonprofits that reflect Alcoa’s values and our sustainability and geographic priorities.

Academy of Model Aeronautics
Addressing the skills gap with Academy of Model Aeronautics
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National Park Foundation
Alcoa Employees Plant Trees at Flight 93 National Memorial
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Conservation International
Protecting the Brazilian Amazon, one of the most biodiverse regions
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Akatu
Brazilians commit to reducing energy use, while saving money and protecting the planet.
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American Association of University Women
STEM grows for girls at Tech Trek Science & Math Camp at UCLA
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Bi-State Regional Commission
Tackling Air Pollution in Illinois and Iowa, U.S.
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World Resources Institute
Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s GHG Accounting and Reporting Standard Adopted Globally
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Global ReLeaf
We have a goal to plant 10 million trees by 2020.
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Net Impact
Millenials tackle tough issues one step at a time
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DoSomething
DoSomething.org launched the biggest youth-led aluminum can recycling drive in the country
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Partnering with the Academy of Model Aeronautics is an exciting step in our journey to address the skills gap in Advanced Manufacturing by investing in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs that develop the next generation of skilled operators, trades people and engineers. Employees at Alcoa Technical Center in Pennsylvania engaged 800 elementary and middle school students in the design and flight of the FPG-9 – Foam Plate Glider 9” diameter plate, bringing math and engineering to life and inspiring students to pursue STEM careers.
“The Academy has a unique niche because we know how to connect students to model aviation and play an important role in educating youth about aerospace and STEM.”
– Gordon Schimmel, Ed.D., Education Outreach Specialist, Academy of Model Aeronautics
Students demonstrate how Newton's Third Law keeps an airplane safely in the air.
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Alcoa Foundation partnered with the National Park Foundation to plant trees at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA. The trees are a part of the memorial’s design, offering a place to reflect on the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Reforestation of the memorial will further transform the former surface mine into a park for thousands of visitors each year.
“The National Park Foundation is proud to partner with Alcoa Foundation to remember the brave men and women of Flight 93, ordinary citizens who made the extraordinary and selfless decision to save the lives of others. The memorial offers many different features as a tribute their heroic actions, but the reforestation project will augment the true living component of the design.”
– Neil Mulholland, President and CEO, National Park Foundation
Alcoans planted trees and helped create a living memorial, honoring the men and women who lost their lives in Shanksville, PA.
Ron Wortley of the Pinjarra Refinery in Australia is staking new plants to help the survival of native flora and fauna.
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Alcoa Foundation and Conservation International recently announced the results of a five year biodiversity program in the Brazilian Amazon, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. The Tapajós-Abacaxis Corridor Program helped secure safe water for more than 400,000 people, protect almost 40 species of wildlife, and create a source of economic development for seven communities without damaging the natural resources. The initiative was implemented in four protected areas – Amazon National Park, Tapajós-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve, Pau-Rosa National Forest, and Amana National Forest.
Breathtaking ecosystems in the Amazon Forest
Breathtaking ecosystems in the Amazon Forest
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Akatu
The Make an Impact program, launched in Australia and then the US, expanded to Brazil this year through a partnership with Akatu, which together with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and Alcoa Instituto, created a locally-relevant sustainability website including a carbon calculator. Alcoa will look to make an impact in more regions around the world in the coming months.
“I really enjoy the program. I had the opportunity to stop and reflect on our consumption habits and what we can do to reduce our impact and especially our spending. I’ve passed what I learned on to my friends and family.”
– Luciana Correa, Alcoa Brazil
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In June, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) hosted 70 girls (ages 9-15) at the University of California-Los Angeles for a week-long Tech Trek camp with faculty and college students who have a passion for STEM. As a result, the participants are more confident and enthusiastic about pursuing math and science classes in high school, thus preparing for college courses and STEM-related careers.
“Tech Trek is a true community partnership in every sense of the word. It unites hundreds of people each year, including educators, businesses, AAUW members and most importantly, the young students we serve. The support from Alcoa Foundation enables us to continue to expand the program and make scholarships available to the broadest possible range of candidates.”
– Pam Kenoyer, Coordinator, Tech Trek
Tech Trek is an empowering experience that nurtures math and science skills in middle school-aged girls.
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Through Clean Air Counts, the Bi-State Regional Commission engaged more than 100,000 individuals and 30 organizations in Illinois and Iowa to tackle air pollution in the region. In addition, Alcoa Foundation provided the Make an Impact carbon calculator to all residents of the Bi-State region so that they could calculate their personal environmental footprint and make changes to reduce their carbon emissions.
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Alcoa Foundation and World Resources Institute (WRI) partnered to expand the reach of The Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s GHG Accounting and Reporting Standard. WRI conducted in-person trainings to more than 2,300 participants from 55 countries representing more than 30 multi-national companies. This new standard has been adopted by Global Reporting Initiative, The Carbon Disclosure Project, Consumer Goods Forum and Quebec government. More than 200 multi-national companies will use the new e-learning tool to train their suppliers. Watch the video.
“The new GHG Accounting and Reporting Standard gives us a globally consistent approach to measure and manage our product emissions that will help us innovate and improve our products over time. In a world where knowledge is power, the standard gives us and our customers the information needed to make informed decisions.”
– Kevin Anton, Chief Sustainability Officer, Alcoa             
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The Alcoa Foundation and American Forests Global ReLeaf Partnership for Trees funded nine projects in China, France, Guinea, Mexico, Russia and the U.S. to plant trees and restore forests for the benefit of communities, wildlife and more. Tree planting events engaged local communities and Alcoa volunteers, to plant more than 270,000 trees across 388 acres. In partnership with Greening Australia, The Nature Conservancy and Global ReLeaf, we have now planted five million trees - the midpoint of our Ten Million Trees by 2020 program.
Alcoans in Guinea planted 130 fast growing and fruits trees, which will provide shade and food for students and the community.
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The Small Steps, Big Wins Campus Challenge powered by Alcoa Foundation inspired students to take small actions that add up to big social and environmental impact. Organized by Net Impact, the intercollegiate competition engaged 1,350 undergraduate students on 30 campuses in six countries. In 10 weeks, the students collectively completed 4,200 actions. They walked, took public transportation or rode bikes to school to reduce CO2 emissions by 1,656 pounds, air dried laundry to save 604,000 watts of electricity and volunteered in their local communities.
“Hundreds of students are discovering that one person can make a real difference - by starting with smaller choices that cumulatively add up to big change.”
– Liz Maw, CEO, Net Impact
Brianna Cooley of Ohio State University shows off her reusable aluminum water bottle.
Samantha Sundquist organized a waste audit at the University of South Carolina, to ensure that recyclable materials are diverted from landfills to recycling centers.
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In October 2012, Alcoa Foundation and DoSomething.org, the largest U.S. organization for teens and social change, launched the biggest youth-led aluminum can recycling drive in the country. In just two months, more than 50,000 teens collected and recycled more than one million cans, the equivalent of powering New York’s Times Square for about a year.
“DoSomething.org encourages young people to take action around the issues they care about, and we know one of those issues is the environment. We’re excited to partner with Alcoa Foundation in challenging our members to make an impact by recycling in their communities.”
– Alyssa Ruderman, Campaign Leader, DoSomething.org
Students learned about all the benefits of recycling and explored their creativity while collecting aluminum cans.
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A LETTER FROM THE CEO

Six decades ago, Alcoa’s leaders established and endowed Alcoa Foundation to extend our company’s values to the communities where we operate around the world. Long before “sustainability” or “corporate social responsibility” became business terms, Alcoans understood the importance for Alcoa to earn a social license to operate. Without the trust, dialogue and collaboration of successful public-private partnerships, Alcoa would not be the thriving global company we are today.

Today we are engaged with our communities and contributing to society like never before. Alcoa Foundation has created robust partnerships that improve the environment and educate and prepare individuals for careers in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and manufacturing. Going far beyond dollars, we strengthen nonprofits and communities by contributing our time, expertise and products. In 2012, I am proud that Alcoa:

  • contributed $21.5 million to more than 3,000 nonprofits around the world;
  • engaged an astounding 60 percent of our employees in our worldwide Month of Service;
  • supported 12,000 Alcoans in group volunteering events that they organized for smaller, community-based organizations;
  • directed over $9 million towards environmental programs that recycled millions of pounds of aluminum, greened communities with a million trees, and taught individuals to reduce their environmental footprint by using less water and energy; and
  • dedicated $4.5 million towards STEM and Workforce Development initiatives that reached 200,000 students and teachers.

Even with all of this progress, we know that that there is still much to be done. Alcoa Foundation, together with our employees and nonprofit partners, is ready to take on the next environmental and educational challenges faced by our communities. We remain committed to plant 10 million trees, to increase recycling rates and to help prepare the young men and women who will be next generation of leaders and manufacturers. Alcoa has thrived for 125 years while fulfilling our commitments to society; we intend to build on that success by helping to shape the future of our communities. It’s part of the Alcoa DNA and it’s the driving force of our company’s vision – Alcoa: Advancing Each Generation.
Klaus Kleinfeld
Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Alcoa

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A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT

If someone asked me to express Alcoa’s vision – advancing each generation – with a picture, I think this photo would be a strong contender. Taken by Claudia Mifano, it conveys how Alcoa Foundation engages our partners and employees to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for independence and success. As Klaus Kleinfeld mentions in his letter, 2012 marked a very special occasion for Alcoa Foundation: we celebrated our 60th anniversary.

We have invested $570 million since the Foundation opened its doors and expanded how we think about philanthropy to evolve with the needs of the communities we serve. A few examples of how we’ve strengthened the way we operate:

  • We leverage all of our resources – financial contributions, products , assets, people and networks;
  • We’ve narrowed our focus to make a bigger impact in the areas where we believe we can make a difference with our resources – environment and education;
  • We think in terms of building relationships, not making transactions, to add sustainable value to our partners and stakeholders;
  • We clearly define success and measure the impacts of every investment we make.

In the following pages, we let the words and images of our people and partners bring to life how we are executing on these fundamentals. From planting breadfruit trees in Jamaica to recycling aluminum on U.S. university campuses to teaching students about science in Russia, we hope you will see a common thread that does not change with the times: our passion for giving back and making a difference. Wherever you look around the world, Alcoans are eager to apply to their communities the same enthusiasm they have for their work – whether it’s during Month of Service, Green Works environmental weeks, or Alcoa “dollars for doers” programs like ACTION, Bravo! and Alcoans in Motion.

Albert Einstein once said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Alcoa Foundation, along with Alcoa’s 60,000 employees and our many partners around the world will build upon our accomplishments of the last six decades to continue our pursuit of a healthier environment and stronger communities. We can picture it!

Regards,

Paula Davis

Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation

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ENDOWMENT INVESTING STRATEGY
Alcoa Foundation’s assets are considered to be a perpetual pool of capital. The objective of the investment strategy is to preserve the real (inflation-adjusted) value of the assets to maintain the real value of its program spending over the long term to support the goal of contributing 5 percent of the value of its assets each year. The Alcoa Foundation’s assets were $460 million at year-end 2012.

The portfolio's investment strategy has been revised over the last few years to reduce and diversify the investment risk taken to achieve our long-term objective via increasing both asset class and risk factor diversification. The strategy revisions are expected to increase the probability of achieving our long-term investment objectives while reducing the risk of experiencing large short term portfolio draw downs. Specifically, we meaningfully reduced the allocation to public equities and increased the allocation to macro and equity long/short hedge fund strategies, US inflation protected securities and long duration US Treasury securities.

The revised investment strategy helped us to generate a strong 2012 investment return of 9.7% which outperformed our internal performance benchmark by 0.8%. We generated strong returns across all asset classes. Over the past two years, the investment strategy changes have enhanced our investment return by 2.7% which preserved $14 million of the Foundation's total corpus.

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