PPG Industries Foundation

PPG Industries Foundation has been demonstrating the values of PPG Industries since 1951. The foundation's programs, including direct grants, matching gifts and grant incentives for volunteerism by PPG employees (GIVE), reflect our commitment to play an active role in communities where PPG has a presence.

PPG Foundation continues reaching out

For nearly 60 years, the PPG Industries Foundation has been reaching out to PPG communities across the nation with grants, outreach programs, relief funds, charitable efforts, educational programs and volunteers.

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Recently, the Foundation provided three $1,000 Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grants to the Wilkinsburg School District for the “Reading is Fundamental” program. These grants will enable the school district to purchase more than 1,000 books and encourage students to continue improving their performance on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests.

“This is the third consecutive year our District has met state testing measures, moving us one step closer to our goal to be the #1 urban school district in Pennsylvania,” said Wilkinsburg School District Superintendent Archie D. Perrin, Jr. “We are pleased to be working with the PPG Industries Foundation to continue our success.”

In addition to the check presentation ceremony, students were also invited to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium for a special reading of “Lavi the Lion Finds His Pride.” The story was shared with the students by PPG vice president of human resources, Bud Wise, a graduate of Wilkinsburg’s Turner Elementary School.

The event was held at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, which has a strong focus on education and conservation, and a partnership with PPG.

For more information about the PPG Foundation's achievements and programs, read our community report: "A Foundation for the Future."

Our Partners

The PPG Industries Foundation seeks to reflect company interests and values by enhancing the quality of life in communities where PPG employees and their families live and work. One of the greatest rewards that a community can reap is to have its strongest institutions combine resources to better serve the residents of the region. The Foundation is striving to build partnerships with organizations that have missions that include prioritizing the development of educational opportunities and ensuring services are accessible to all members of the community. A commitment to education is the common thread between these uniquely collaborative opportunities.

Photos courtesy of Paul A. Selvaggio, ©2006.

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Through a 10-year grant, the PPG Industries Foundation will provide funding to help sustain the zoo as one of the best in the world, and one of very few with a world-class aquarium.

American Chemical Society (ACS): PPG Scholarships Plus Program

PPG Industries Foundation has a scholarship program for underrepresented minorities who will study chemistry or chemical engineering in college. The American Chemical Society (ACS): PPG Scholarship Plus Program incorporates a four-year $2,500 scholarship, mentoring by PPG employees and an opportunity to interview at PPG for a summer internship at a PPG facility in the student's junior and senior years.

Lynne Schmidt, Vice President Government & Community Affairs , and Julius
Johnson, PPG Scholar/Intern at PPG's Springdale Research and Development Center.

Carnegie Science Center

PPG has partnered with Carnegie Science Center to support development of four Science on the Road classroom and assembly science education programs to be offered in a five-state region surrounding Pittsburgh. The first three programs, called "The Great Color Caper;" "Fractured Physics;" and "Ion Jones and the Lost Castle of Chemistry" are available to K-8 students in schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. "The Great Color Caper" was also replicated at the Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The programs feature PPG products, PPG scientists demonstrating the company's technologies, and special PPG paint, glass and chemistry, as well as a PPG logo, on eye-catching vans that transport the lessons. Lesson topics cover a range of math and science disciplines and are presented in classrooms, school assemblies and after-school workshops.

PPG introduces the "Great Color
Caper" at a press conference at the
Carnegie Science Center with student from Manchester Elementary School. (2006)