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September 2, 2005

Alcoa Foundation Pledges Initial $220,000 Contribution to Help Non-Profits in Response to Hurricane Katrina; Matches Alcoa Employee Donations to the American Red Cross

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 2, 2005--Alcoa Foundation announced today that it has pledged an initial contribution of $220,000 to help local nonprofits and agencies offering relief in Alcoa communities affected by Hurricane Katrina, and will provide a dollar-for-dollar match of donations made to the American Red Cross by Alcoa employees worldwide in an effort to help the emergency relief efforts.

Alcoa businesses are also responding through the donation of goods and services, such as providing canned water to the affected region and offering the services of staff. In addition, Alcoa is promoting donations to the American Red Cross on the company's Web site,

"As we continue to learn more about the growing need for help, we will work with Alcoa plant managers and community leaders to help identify additional organizations where we can make meaningful contributions," said Kathleen W. Buechel, president and treasurer of Alcoa Foundation.

About Alcoa Foundation

Established in 1952, Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively invests in improving the quality of life in the countries around the world where Alcoa operates. The Foundation's grants address global and local needs in Areas of Excellence that include: Conservation and Sustainability, Global Education and Workplace Skills, Business and Community Partnerships and Safe and Healthy Children and Families. Alcoa Foundation manages Alcoa's ACTION and Bravo! programs which recognize the volunteer efforts of employees with grants to the organizations they serve. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, visit under Community.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa wheels, and Baco household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 131,000 employees in 43 countries and has been a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average for 45 years and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2001. More information can be found at