PPG commits $20 million to advance racial equity in education

PPG commits $20 million to advance racial equity in education

PPG and the PPG Foundation have announced a $20 million commitment to address systemic racism and advance racial equity in the United States.

To be fulfilled by 2025, the commitment is focused on providing scholarships for and academic and career counseling in STEM fields; K-12 STEM education; civil rights, criminal justice reform, and BIPOC cultural heritage initiatives; community beautification projects; and other opportunities as they present themselves. To that end, the PPG Foundation will direct at least 25 percent of the funding to organizations serving neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, the company's global headquarters, and will allocate more than 50 percent of its U.S.-based grantmaking to organizations and programs serving Black communities and people of color, veterans, women, LGBTQ+ populations, economically disadvantaged individuals and families, and people with disabilities.

"We aim to reach diverse students and communities to champion change and empower historically underrepresented populations with greater opportunities to achieve brighter futures," said PPG Foundation executive director Malesia Dunn. "Through this important commitment, we will prioritize equity and justice within education to close the racial gaps in STEM learning and careers, and help our society meet collective challenges quickly, creatively, and effectively."