MALVERN, Pa. — This year, the Saint-Gobain North America Foundation, the corporate foundation of Saint-Gobain North America (SGNA), celebrates over two decades of making a difference in the communities where it operates and building a culture that inspires employees to engage in philanthropy.
As an extension of the company’s purpose and long-term guiding principle — to make the world a better home — the SGNA Foundation was established in 2001 to help build stronger, more resilient communities through national grants, community outreach, volunteerism, and direct employee support.
Over the last 21 years, the SGNA Foundation has partnered with hundreds of nonprofit organizations to support projects in its communities related to sustainable habitat development, STEM education, and workforce development and training — with over $1.4 million distributed to local nonprofits positively impacting and uplifting communities where SGNA is located in 2022 alone.
“With over 150 locations and more than 15,000 employees across the U.S. and Canada, we have a major role to play in the social and economic vitality of the communities where we operate in North America,” said Joe Bondi, president of the Saint-Gobain North America Foundation. “We believe we have an important responsibility to use our scale and our reach to stand behind the values that drive us. The SGNA Foundation, and its programs, are a direct manifestation of our commitment to that responsibility, and how we stand by our company’s purpose and empower our workforce to live out our values each day.”
This year, the SGNA Foundation has helped the company’s local communities grow and thrive by supporting a range of causes. Through initiatives led by the SGNA Foundation, SGNA employees feel inspired not only to contribute to the causes they personally care about, but also participate in fundraising events that directly benefit the communities where they live, work, and raise their families. The Foundation’s most notable contributions in 2022 include:
- $455,000 in local donations made through the Foundation’s Community Gifts program, which enables each Saint-Gobain facility in North America to target its philanthropic support according to local needs and priorities.
- Over $50,000 in matching gift donations to the Ukraine 2022 Emergency Appeal via the International Committee of the Red Cross and Canada Campaign: Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. This donation was made through the Foundation’s Matching Gifts program and represents the largest matching gift made in North America in the Company’s history.
- Hundreds of thousands of dollars of donated products and materials, including Saint-Gobain roofing, insulation, gypsum, siding, fence, railing, and other products used to build homes in SGNA’s communities. These donations were made through the Foundation’s longstanding national partnerships with Homes for Our Troops, Habitat for Humanity, Good360 Youthbuild USA, and World Vision.
- Through the SGNA Foundation’s volunteer program, colleagues across the Company donated hundreds of hours of community service and volunteerism given in support of the work of hundreds of non-profits across the U.S. and Canada.