A History of Community Support

Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation have a long history of community support in central North Carolina.  Together, they have donated $3 million in the past 20 years to support economic development and assist nearly 100 local non-profit organizations.  Recent gifts include:


Economic Development

  • $250,000 to Support Economic Development in Badin: Alcoa Foundation provided a $250,000 grant to the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center to benefit economic development efforts in Badin.  The two-year grant was awarded in December 2007. 


Education & History

  • Donation of 1 Million Historic Artifacts to UNC:  Alcoa donated more than 1 million artifacts unearthed at the historic Hardaway Site in Stanly County to researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill.   This site, one of North America’s most significant archaeological sites, was discovered on Alcoa-owned property in the 1940s.  Alcoa Foundation provided a $220,000 grant to raise awareness about the site and the settlers who lived here more than 10,000 years ago.  Note: This historic site is scheduled to be donated to the State of North Carolina as part of the Yadkin Relicensing Settlement Agreement.


Job Training

  • Training Displaced Workers: Alcoa worked in partnership with Stanly Community College for many years to help displaced workers learn new skills.  Alcoa Foundation has provided grants to develop a new training facility and establish a skills training program for displaced workers.  The college has provided skills training to hundreds of local residents impacted by the closure of manufacturing and textile companies across central North Carolina.


Recreation & Safety

  • “Play it Safe on the Lakes”:  Alcoa has worked closely with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and local law enforcement agencies to promote water safety in the community.  Alcoa sponsors the annual advertising campaign with radio and newspaper ads, billboards and educational materials.


  • Supporting Law Enforcement: Alcoa Foundation has provided sheriff departments in Stanly County, Rowan County, Montgomery County and Davidson County with new patrol boats to provide for more effective law enforcement on the water.



Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation provided more than $350,000 worth of grants in central North Carolina in 2007.