PPG and the PPG Foundation has reportedly invested $16.2 million in 2022, an increase of more than $2.5 million over 2021, to support more than 650 community partners and programs worldwide that are focused on advancing education and delivering community sustainability while encouraging PPG employee volunteerism.

“In 2022, we activated the power of our employee volunteers, color and paint expertise, and focus on STEM advancement to build better, brighter communities,” said Malesia Dunn, executive director, PPG Foundation and corporate global social responsibility. “From helping students thrive to aiding our neighbors in times of need, our community engagement activities supported our company’s purpose to 'protect and beautify the world.'”

Highlights of the 2022 community engagement commitments include:

  • $9.1 million invested into building the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) leaders.
  • 70% progress toward the commitment to invest $20 million by 2025 supporting programs for black communities and people of color in the United States.
  • $6.1 million invested into community sustainability through colorful spaces, disaster, and humanitarian relief.
  • 87 Colorful Communities® projects completed in 2022 in 25 countries.

PPG provided more than $1 million to fund this initiative leading to transformations including:

  • Lorenzo Cobianchi Secondary School in Verbania, Italy
  • TEDA No.1 Kindergarten in Tianjin, China
  • Ciudad de Brasilia school in Santiago, Chile
  • Rayburn Elementary STEAM Academy in Grand Prairie, Texas

“Resiliency, discovery, and connection were among the key themes of our community investments in 2022. With the support of our partners worldwide we transformed classrooms, helped communities facing hardships, and encouraged students of all ages to pursue careers in STEM,” said Dunn.

For more information, visit: communities.ppg.com.