M has a long tradition of philanthropy and volunteer initiatives that progress STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) equity and skilled trades as bridges of opportunity.
We are increasing our support through a plan to invest $50 million over five years to address racial opportunity gaps through workforce development and STEM education initiatives.
Recognizing the integral role of our nonprofit partners in the community, the 3M Community Coalition was formed to bring forward community leader voices and help advise on plans for steering this $50 million investment to make the biggest impact. The 3M Community Coalition includes eight Minnesota community leaders from government, nonprofits, and the education sector, including Mayor Carter of Saint Paul, Minn. Our first commitments were focused in the Twin Cities and included: $5 million 3M Science. Applied to Life.™ UNCF (United Negro College Fund) scholarship and student support program for students in Saint Paul, Minn. Expansion of 3M Manufacturing & Academic Partnerships at Saint Paul Public Schools to expose high school students to manufacturing careers. $1 million investment in the 3M Foundation Social Justice Fund. Recipient organizations were selected in partnership with members of our African American Network and other Employee Resource Networks.