Community Overview

Every day, PPG and the PPG Foundation collaborate and engage with employees, community partners and other stakeholders to make our vision of bringing color and brightness to communities a reality. We dedicate financial contributions, apply our products and use the power of our employee volunteers to address the needs of our local communities and transform lives.

  • $9million in global giving
  • 28countries reached

Our global giving totaled more than $9 million in 2018, supporting hundreds of community organizations across 28 countries. To ensure this investment had the greatest impact, we focused our resources on the areas that we are best positioned to support – education, community sustainability and employee engagement.


Helping young people develop the skills needed to succeed in manufacturing, research and development, information technology and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions.

Community Sustainability

Revitalizing local buildings, updating community spaces and meeting other pressing needs.

Employee Engagement

Supporting and encouraging our talented employees as they seek to make a meaningful difference every day in the communities where they live and work.


In 2018, we actively engaged with all stakeholders to ensure we are meeting their expectations and needs and that they better understand our commitment to corporate citizenship and sustainability.

Learn more on the PPG Community Engagement website.

2018 Community Investments
Type Amount
Cash Contributions $9 million
Employee Volunteers 24,802 hours
In-kind Giving $377,000

Volunteer hours are for the COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® program only.

Bringing color and vitality to communities

A brightly-colored bus is now a mobile science, technology, engineering and math laboratory, traveling daily to one of 93 kindergartens in Ümraniye, Turkey. Women and children experiencing homelessness in Sylmar, California, now have a warm, inviting sanctuary. In Pretoria East, South Africa, 160 adults with disabilities have brighter living spaces and a Tree of Remembrance mural to honor residents who have passed.

These are just a few examples of how we brought color and vitality to more than 70 schools, health facilities and other shared community spaces in 2018 through the Colorful Communities program. The program provides PPG volunteers, paints, coatings, specialty materials and financial contributions to brighten communities where we operate around the world.

We have completed more than 200 projects around the world since the launch of the Colorful Communities program in 2015. We donated more than 21,790 gallons (82,480 liters) of our paint and coatings and provided $3.7 million in funding for these projects. Additionally, more than 11,000 PPG and community volunteers have donated in excess of 74,000 volunteer hours to help brighten communities by painting, repairing, cleaning and helping in other ways. Since its inception, the program has positively impacted nearly 5.2 million people in 30 countries.

  • 200Colorful Communities projects completed*
  • 21,790gallons of our paint and coatings donated*
  • $3.7MMin funding provided*
  • 11,000PPG and community volunteers*
  • 74,000Volunteer hours*
  • 5.2MMPeople in 30 countries impacted*

* Since 2015.