The McWane family of companies continues a charitable heritage that began with McWane’s first president, J.R. McWane.
We believe that part of being a good corporate neighbor is to support things that will give value to our community," says G. Ruffner Page, Jr., President of McWane, Inc. "It’s a simple philosophy handed down since J.R. McWane began the company. Being a good citizen means giving back in ways that benefit our communities and our employees.
Today, McWane, Inc. carries on this vision worldwide by investing in human services, the environment, the arts, education and the communities where we live and work.
Funding for projects that directly benefit individuals in communities where our facilities are located is a corporate-wide initiative. McWane, Inc. and its facilities have provided more than $20 million in support over the past ten years through partnerships with local organizations that make a difference in our communities. Giving is done both at the local level and at the corporate level through the McWane Foundation.
All projects funded by the McWane Foundation must be recommended at the local level by the facilities where the projects are located. The sponsorship of charitable organizations that benefit our plant communities may then be fulfilled at the local level or forwarded to the corporate level for review by the McWane Foundation. To view the McWane, Inc. charitable giving guidelines, visit the McWane Charitable Giving Guidelines page.
Below are some of our Community Partners that McWane, Inc. is proud to support:
In the summer of 2012, Children's of Alabama opened its doors to a brand-new, state-of-the-art, hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2009, the McWane Foundation pledged $5 million to Alabama’s Children’s Hospital for the construction of this new 12-story, 720,000-square-foot environmentally friendly hospital. The hospital is the first hospital in Alabama to be LEED certified, which is designated by the U.S. Green Buildings Council and stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. In addition to the gift from the McWane Foundation, Phillip and Heather McWane personally pledged an additional $5 million for a clinical program in the new hospital. The combined $10 million gift is the second largest contribution in the hospital’s history.
The McWane Science Center, a hands on science exploration center in Birmingham, hosts thousands of families, students and educators from throughout the Southeast as they learn more about the workings of the world around them. The center hosts innovative educational exhibits, IMAX movies and interactive learning labs, classes and demonstrations designed to engage people of all ages in the adventure of science. The McWane Foundation was the major contributor in the building of the center and continues to offer financial support.
In 1904, the McWane family brought an iron giant to the Iron City. One hundred years later, the McWane family of companies helped bring him back. Vulcan, the largest cast-iron statue in the world, has been repaired, recast and restored to his former glory atop Birmingham's Red Mountain, thanks in large part to donations from McWane, Inc. Called the "greatest iron job in history" by J.R. McWane, the statue is as much a source of pride for the city, once renowned as an iron-making center, as it is for the men and women of McWane, whose innovation, dedication and craftsmanship the statue continues to represent.
The Freshwater Land Trust’s mission is the acquisition and stewardship of lands that enhance water quality and preserve open space. We acquire, conserve, and connect open spaces that are critical for the protection of rivers and streams and that provide recreational opportunities for the community. We are based in Birmingham, Alabama, and we work in Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, Chilton, Bibb. St. Clair, Tuscaloosa, and Walker Counties. We are a conservation group that works to ensure that everyone wins: landowners, businesses and communities alike.
The Freshwater Land Trust is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The accreditation seal recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust, and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent.
The Mission of the Cahaba River Society is to restore and protect the Cahaba River watershed and its rich diversity of life.
Cahaba River Society serves not only the population of the Cahaba watershed but also all people living and working in the Birmingham metropolitan area. The Cahaba is the main drinking water source for the Birmingham Water Works Board, which serves about one-fifth of Alabama’s people. This “peopleshed” of residents and businesses who depend on and value the Cahaba River encompasses over a million people. In addition, CRS works with many statewide partners to strengthen water resource protection policies at the state level benefiting all the people of Alabama. While the bulk of our members live in the watershed or “peopleshed,” we also have the support of many members from throughout the state and across the nation and encourage the growing support of those who value the Cahaba River and believe in our work.
Our work also serves the diverse freshwater creatures who depend on the Cahaba. The Cahaba has more species of fish per mile than any other river in North America and is considered to be nationally and globally significant for freshwater biodiversity by conservation groups such as The Nature Conservancy and The World Wildlife Fund.
UAB is a comprehensive urban university with a nationally recognized academic health center. UAB is the only public, four-year degree granting university in the state's largest metropolitan area. UAB is the largest research institution in the state of Alabama and the university is the largest employer in Birmingham.