About the A. O. Smith Foundation

AO-Smith-Foundation-logoEstablished in 1955, the A. O. Smith Foundation has been supported by donations from the profits of A. O. Smith Corporation. The Foundation has provided over $40 million in financial support for worthwhile community organizations, institutions and programs. 

In 1985, the Foundation established a Matching Gift Program to encourage employees of the corporation to financially support education. The Foundation believes education to be one of the most important investments individuals can make in the future. Under the terms of the program, the Foundation matches dollar for dollar, up to a maximum of $3,000 per year, all employee contributions to qualified colleges, universities and high schools. 

The Foundation also supports a worldwide Scholarship Program to assist employees’ children who plan to continue education in college or vocational-technical school. Renewable scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

Mission Statement 

The A. O. Smith Foundation is committed to make our communities a better place to live and to work.  We achieve this by partnering with and supporting higher education, cultural and social welfare, medical research, and improved health 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.


The A. O. Smith Foundation is governed by a five-member Board of Directors and its operations are administered by the Foundation’s Secretary, who is a member of the Board. 

The annual meeting of the Foundation’s Board of Directors is held in June. Special meetings are held periodically throughout the year as deemed necessary by the President or Secretary. 

The Foundation’s fiscal year is January 1 through December 31.

Board of Directors

  • Ajita G. Rajendra
  • Kevin Wheeler
  • Mark A. Petrarca
  • Bruce M. Smith
  • Roger Smith


  • Bruce M. Smith - President
  • Mark A. Petrarca - Secretary
  • Charles T. Lauber - Treasurer 

Who We Fund

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and funds human services, education, civic and cultural, health and hospitals nonprofit organizations located in the communities where A. O. Smith employees reside. 

A. O. Smith Guidelines / How to Apply

There is no specific application form to request support from the A. O. Smith Foundation. Please make inquiries on your organization’s letterhead and include the following:

  • 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
  • Any brochures, pamphlets or other material that describes your organization in greater detail

Please mail application inquiries to:

 Rita SchwalbachRita Schwalbach   
 A. O. Smith Foundation, Inc.
 P. O. Box 245008
 Milwaukee, WI 53224-9508
The Bylaws of the A. O. Smith Foundation prohibit contributions to politically active organizations or any other organization whose chief purpose is to influence legislation. 

There is no deadline for applications, although proposals to be considered for the following year’s Foundation budget must be received by October 30. Requests are reviewed in the order in which they are received.