The A. O. Smith Foundation


Our Mission

The A. O. Smith Foundation is committed to making our communities a better place to live and work. We achieve this by partnering with and supporting education, arts and culture, health, and human services in the communities in which we operate. At the same time, the Foundation encourages A. O. Smith employees around the world to live the Company’s values through volunteerism and community involvement.

Our Impact

The A. O. Smith Foundation is a 501(c)(3), supported by donations from the profits of A. O. Smith Corporation, which funds nonprofit human services, education, arts and culture and health organizations, located in the communities where A. O. Smith employees live and work. Established in 1955, the Foundation has provided over $50 million in financial support for worthwhile community organizations, institutions and programs. 

Support for Community Partners

The Foundation accepts applications for support throughout the year, and requests are reviewed in the order in which they are received. To apply for support, mail your request to:

     A. O. Smith Foundation
     attn: Rita Schwalbach
     PO Box 245008
     Milwaukee, WI 53224-9508

Be sure to include: verification of IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; exact name and location of organization; description of organization, including objectives and purpose; geographic area served by the organization; explanation of the activity for which support is requested; description of benefits to be achieved and who will receive benefits; amount of support being requested; budget information, including resources of income; plans for reporting results; and any brochures, pamphlets or other material that describes your organization in greater detail.

Please note: the Foundation's bylaws prohibit contributions to politically active organizations or any other organization whose chief purpose is to influence legislation. 

Programs for A. O. Smith Employees

The Foundation believes education to be one of the most important investments individuals can make in the future and operates two distinct programs to that end: 

  • Our Matching Gift Program matches dollar for dollar, up to a maximum of $3,000 per year, all employee contributions to qualified colleges, universities and high schools.
  • Our Scholarship Program assists employees’ children who plan to continue education in college or vocational-technical school, through renewable scholarships for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.