In 1985, Armstrong World Industries (AWI) formed the Armstrong World Industries Foundation (AWIF) in the State of Pennsylvania, for the purposes of contributing to charitable organizations that qualify as exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The foundation itself is a 501(c)(3) with a board of directors independent from the company’s.
Since its inception, the foundation has donated more than $50 million to charity.
In 2016, the foundation assessed its approach to giving and evolved its philanthropic strategy to have the most meaningful impact possible, while keeping its by-laws and the following stakeholders in mind:
Today the AWI Foundation’s strategy is primarily focused on making a positive difference in lives of people where they live, work, learn, heal and play, awarding grants by invitation only to 501(c)(3) organizations that meet at least two of the following criteria:
This approach fosters opportunities to partner with Armstrong World Industries (AWI), the business, to provide in-kind ceiling solutions and services, and engage employees in the community via volunteer opportunities.
The foundation also supports AWI employees through: