OVERVIEW: The Alcoa Foundation supports K-12 projects that focus on climate change, biodiversity and sustainability.
IP TAKE: Industrial giant Alcoa supports U.S. and international education projects in the areas of climate change, biodiversity and sustainability. This funder does not accept proposals or letters of inquiry.
PROFILE: Since 1952, the Alcoa Foundation has been the philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Alcoa Corporation, a leading U.S. aluminum and industrial company. The foundation was established in 2016, when it was separated from the Legacy Alcoa Foundation. It funds climate change, biodiversity and sustainability, and K-12 education programs. Alcoa directs half of its funding toward U.S. communities and other countries where Alcoa operates.
Recent K-12 funding includes the Alcoa Scholars Program. Run cooperatively with the NatureBridge, this program brings high school students from eight countries together to conduct research and exploration at Yosemite and Shenandoah National Parks in the U.S. In 2017, the Alcoa foundation also supported Stichting Projekta, a project that uses community gardens to enhance and improve the education of underprivileged elementary students in Suriname. The Alcoa Foundation does not accept letters of inquiry or proposals, but may be contacted through its website.
- Rosa M. Garcia Piñeiro, President, Alcoa Foundation
- Alice Pak Truscott, Program Manager