The A. O. Smith Foundation

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    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 $52 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.

  • In 2022, we donated $1,786,615 to these partner organizations:


    Promotes learning and intellectual development for all ages through a variety of programs.

    Adventure Science Center
    Alverno College
    Artists Working in Education
    Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement
    Ballyshannon Middle School
    Betty Brinn Children's Museum
    Books from Birth
    Boone County High School
    Boy Scouts of America

    Boys & Girls Clubs of America 
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartsville
    Cardinal Stritch University
    Caroll University 
    Centro De La Comunidad Unida
    Cheatham County School District
    Chesterton Academy of Milwaukee
    City Forward Collective
    COA Youth & Family Centers 
    College Possible
    Columbia Central High School
    Communities in Schools
    Concordia University Wisconsin
    Cookeville High School
    Discovery World Science & Technology Center
    Divine Savior Holy Angels High School
    Emmanuel Christian School
    Fairview High School
    Fordham Preparatory School
    Friends of Autism
    Green Hills High School
    Hands On Regional Museum
    Howard Fuller Academy
    IIT Madras Foundation
    Imagination Library
    Journey House Inc.
    Junior Achievement
    Lebanon High School
    Lebanon Special School District
    Literacy Services of Wisconsin
    Marquette University High School
    Messmer Catholic Schools
    Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 
    Milwaukee Public Broadcasting Service

    Milwaukee Public Museum
    Milwaukee School of Engineering
    Milwaukee Women Inc.
    Missouri Univeristy of Science & Technology
    Neighborhood House of Milwaukee
    Next Door Foundation
    Ohio State University Foundation
    Penfield Children's Center
    Radio Milwaukee
    Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing
    Riveredge Nature Center
    Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Inc
    Ryle High School
    Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
    Seton Catholic Schools
    Shadows on the Wolf
    Sharp Literacy, Inc.
    Southside Elementary School
    St. Francis Children's Center
    St. Joan Antida High School
    St. Marcus School
    STEM Forward
    Teens Grow Greens
    Tennessee College of Applied Technology
    Tennessee Tech University Foundation
    The Water Council
    University of South Carolina
    University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc.
    University of Wisconsin Foundation
    University School of Milwaukee
    Upper Grand Learning Foundation
    University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
    UWM Foundation
    Veterans Memorial Park
    Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
    Wisconsin Lutheran College
    Wisconsin Lutheran High School
    Youth Leadership Cheatham County
    Zoological Society of Milwaukee


    Human Services

    Provides assistance to people to help them stabilize their life and find self-sufficiency through guidance, counseling, treatment and the providing of basic needs.

    Agape Nashville
    Allen DeShields Organization-Ident-A-Kid
    American Red Cross 
    Ashland City Firefighters Fund
    Ashland City Police Department
    Backpack Buddies of Seabrook Island
    Beaming Inc.
    Best Buddies Nashville
    Bethesda Center for the Homeless
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
    Bristol Speedway's Children's Charities
    Brooks House
    CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates
    Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce
    Cheatham County Sheriff's Department
    Cheatham County Women's Shelter
    Citizens Advocacy
    Coalition For Kids
    Crumley House 
    Darlington County Sheriff's Office
    Dawn of Hope Foundation
    Discalced Carmelita's Monastery
    Empower Me Day Camp
    Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 81
    Good Samaritan Ministries
    Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin
    Grand River Conservation Authority
    Habitat for Humanity
    Harbor House
    Historic Yellow Springs
    Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee
    Isaiah 117 House Resource Center
    Johnson City Firefighters Association
    Johnson City Senior Citizen Center Foundation
    Joseph's Storehouse
    Kingsport Chamber of Commerce
    Lake Country Clean Waters
    Leadership Wilson

    Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce
    LifePoint Solutions
    Loaves and Fishes
    McBee Lions Club
    McBee Rescue Squad
    Mid-Cumberland Meals-on-Wheels
    Mid-Ohio Foodbank
    Milwaukee Rescue Mission
    Misson of Hope
    Mustard Seed Ranch
    New Leash on Life
    Old Glory Honor Flight
    PACS Phoenixville Area Community Services
    Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault
    Pegram Fire Department
    Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department
    Pottstown Area Police Athletic League
    Prospect Inc.
    Quilts of Honor
    Ronald McDonald House Charities
    Safe & Sound, Inc.
    Safe Haven Cheatham County
    Sam Houston Elementary School
    Second Harvest Food Bank
    Serenity Inns Inc.
    Social Current
    Sojourner Family Peace Center
    Southern Starrs, Inc.
    St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care
    The Ark Community Resource Center
    The Bridge House
    The Salvation Army 
    Trent Hill Center for Children and Families
    Waves, Inc.
    Wilson Chamber Building Fund
    Wilson County Christmas for All
    Wilson County Community Help Center
    Wilson County Promotions, Inc.
    Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund


    Arts & Culture

    Brings the performing arts to the public; preserves and  commemorates the events, places and cultures that created and continue to shape the nation.

    First Stage 
    Friends of Villa Terrace
    Marcus Performing Arts Center
    Milwaukee Art Museum
    Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
    United Performing Arts Fund


    Supports hospitals, substance abuse treatment programs, diseases, medical research, mental health and crisis services.

    Al Menah Shriners
    Alzheimer's Association
    American Cancer Society
    American Heart Association
    Arthritis Foundation
    Aurora Healthcare Foundation
    Ballad Health Foundation 
    Carolina Kids
    Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
    Children's Wisconsin
    Clarksville Association Downs Syndrome
    Good Samaritan Ministries, Inc.
    Groves Memorial Community Hospital

    Jericho Shriners
    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    Kids Battle Diabetes Golf Classic
    Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
    Make-A-Wish Foundation
    Marathon Kids, Inc.
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Mercy Children's' Hospital
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    Sherry's Run
    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center


    United Way

    United Way Cheatham County
    United Way Johnson City
    United Way of Chesterfield County
    United Way of Fergus
    United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha Counties
    United Way of Hartsville
    United Way of Northern Kentucky
    United Way of Perth County