Giving Back is Part of Who We Are

American Water has long believed in the importance of being a good neighbor and good steward of the environment. The primary focus of the American Water Charitable Foundation is to support employees in their own charitable endeavors, provide stronger support for disaster relief efforts, and to provide funding for higher-level initiatives related to clean water, conservation, education, and community sustainability.

Since its inception, the Foundation has donated nearly $12 million in funding through grants and matching gifts.

In early 2022, American Water announced that it contributed $45 million to the American Water Charitable Foundation. The contribution will significantly add to the Foundation’s existing endowment, and was made possible by the proceeds from the company’s sale of American Water’s Homeowner Services Group.

AWCF Rewards – Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Campaign

American Water Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Statistics

At American Water, every employee has a role in driving inclusion, diversity and equity. This commitment extends beyond the workplace. To inspire community giving and celebrate American Water’s inclusion day on April 7, the Foundation gifted $50 to every employee, via their myGiving Rewards Account, to donate to an eligible charity of choice. Over 3,000 employees participated, collectively making a meaningful difference to diverse organizations across the country. Giving back is part of who we are.

Grants by Focus Area

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Remembrance Campaign Giving By The Numbers

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Inclusion and Diversity Grants

In 2021, American Water was proud to present an Inclusion and Diversity Grant Program for organizations based in California, Illinois, and West Virginia. The Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Grant program provides financial assistance to organizations seeking to develop and implement programs, training or community-related projects that aim to promote and foster inclusion and diversity in the community. The maximum grant amount is $2,500. A list of recipients for each state is available at the links below. California American Water Award Recipients Illinois American Water Award Recipients West Virginia Award Recipients

Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship

In 2023, awards totaling $100,000 were distributed nationwide to ten students continuing their education in a non-medical STEM or business-related field at a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) or a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) within America Water’s national footprint.

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