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PPG Foundation invests nearly $60,000 in Chicago-area organizations

Funding supports educational, economic development programs

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 11:15 am EST


"PPG takes pride in supporting local organizations that share a common interest in the fields of science and technology"

CHICAGO, Feb. 27, 2019 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that the PPG Foundation invested nearly $60,000 to support educational initiatives and economic development efforts in the Chicago area. The grants highlight PPG’s commitment to the communities where the company has a presence and the foundation’s priority of increasing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational opportunities for youth. The donations were made in 2018 on behalf of PPG’s architectural coatings business, which operates 13 PPG PAINTS™ stores in the Chicago area.

The grant recipients and funding purposes were:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago (BGCC) – $9,000 for the implementation of BGCC’s do-it-yourself (DIY) STEM programming, which serves approximately 18,000 youth at 23 sites during the school year.
  • Chicago Urban League – $15,000 toward Project Ready, which is a middle school STEM module and summer camp that aims to inspire youth who are interested in pursuing STEM academics and careers.
  • Lewis University – $10,000 to support the Girls Create with Technology program for middle school girls. The program addresses the underrepresentation of women in the technical and computer science fields.
  • Lumity – $15,000 to support Lumity’s Career Readiness program, which serves approximately 875 youth in underserved communities who are at risk of not graduating high school or pursuing a post-secondary college or career path.  
  • Project SYNCERE – $10,000 for the ENpowered program, which is designed to increase students’ interest in, and understanding of, STEM disciplines while creating pathways for continued STEM education.

“PPG takes pride in supporting local organizations that share a common interest in the fields of science and technology,” said Justin Williams, PPG regional sales manager, Chicago. “The students in our communities are building the foundation for a successful future through these key programs and opportunities.”


PPG and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We invested more than $9 million in 2018, supporting hundreds of community organizations across 28 countries. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in fields related to coatings and manufacturing. Plus, we empower PPG employees to multiply their impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at www.ppgcommunities.com.


At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 135 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $15.4 billion in 2018. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

We protect and beautify the world and PPG Paints are trademarks and the PPG Logo is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.


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