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Philanthropy & Community Involvement

ITW has a long-standing legacy of investing in the communities where we do business and where our colleagues live and work. Our decentralized, entrepreneurial culture empowers our people to get involved and make a difference locally, while being connected to an enterprise committed to making a global impact.

Fostering A Culture of Giving

We strive to foster a culture of giving that encourages and supports our colleagues in their efforts to make positive contributions in their communities across the globe.

Colleagues in the U.S. and Canada are invited to participate in the ITW Gift + Volunteer Match Program, which provides:

  • 3:1 match for qualified charitable colleague giving
  • $15-per-service-hour match for qualified colleague volunteering opportunities

Other elements of our colleague giving program in North America include a corporate match to United Way and its partner agencies for every dollar contributed through our annual employee giving campaign and scholarship programs for high-achieving dependents of ITW colleagues pursuing a post-secondary education.

In addition to amplifying colleagues’ giving efforts, ITW strategically invests in education, workforce development and arts and culture through key partnerships within our communities.

Supporting Under-resourced Communities

As a trusted business partner to brands across the world, we believe it is up to us to help shape the future through social responsibility efforts that aim to improve the quality of life for those around us. ITW continues to expand our investment and engagement in organizations, programs and partnerships that promote access to a high-quality education and to meaningful long-term employment opportunities for under-resourced communities. Learn more about our Commit to a Neighborhood Initiative.


“Our colleagues want to be assured that their work, whether on the job or in the community, has real meaning and real impact.”

Kenneth Escoe, Executive Vice President




Promoting STEM Education

Our long-standing commitment to education is demonstrated through the support we provide for STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programming in schools and organizations.

Since 2014, ITW has sponsored the ITW David Speer Academy in memory of former Chairman & CEO David Speer. The Chicago high school focuses on offering a world-class STEM education to over 1,000 students in grades 9 through 12.

ITW David Speer Academy is focused on creating a differentiated learning experience while preparing students to succeed in STEM-related fields that will meet future workforce demands. Its Summer of a Lifetime enrichment program for rising juniors provides students with real-world experiences. During their final two years, students choose an elective pathway and complete an accredited internship.

ITW’s impact extends beyond our ongoing financial support to include regular colleague engagement. We also collaborate and partner with organizations to offer unique learning opportunities.

Support for United Way

For the past seven decades, ITW has partnered with United Way to make a measurable impact in our communities. Each year, we engage thousands of ITW colleagues across our North American divisions, through our annual United Way campaign, resulting in an average of $6.1 million invested annually over the last five years.

Through United Way UK, our ITW Construction Products UK/Nordics business continues to volunteer time and provide financial contributions to charitable organizations aligned with various causes, including homelessness, youth employment, women’s aid and children with disabilities.

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