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This Valentines Day, FGIA is loving all the charitable work its members are doing in their local communities. If it feels strange to brag about your good deeds on social media, reframe that narrative: Consider it your chance to show your company’s commitment to improving the well-being of others and a way to challenge your competitors to step up and do the same. I scoped out social media to see what FGIA members have been up to lately in their efforts to not only meet their customers’ needs but also the needs of their local charitable organizations.


Last week, the Quanex Crew in Akron, OH, visited the Domestic Violence Project to donate $11,300 on behalf of Quanex and the Quanex Foundation. The team was proud to support the commitment to providing a strong, comprehensive safety net for families in the local community.

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MI Windows and Doors

Through their charitable arm, the MI Foundation, the company announced this week their foundation is now accepting applications for their annual scholarship program. This year, the MI Foundation will offer a record $50,000 to support up to 50 students from around the country with $1,000 scholarships to be used for post-secondary education. All high school seniors are eligible to apply at Applications will be accepted through April 15.

Also, for a Valentine’s Day-themed fundraiser, the foundation is hosting a virtual “Sweetheart Dinner” on Facebook February 12! Cook along with their CEO Matt DeSoto and listen to the country duo Thompson Square.


To celebrate the International Day of Education, Arkema reminded its Twitter followers about the company’s Science Teachers Program and the Arkema Fund for Education. The program is for teachers in third through sixth grades. The goal of the program is to bring Arkema scientists and local teachers together to spark an interest in science among elementary school students.


Employees from the Bostik plant in Dalton, GA, recently met with the Boys and Girls Club in their area to give $5,000 as a holiday donation to the club. The club serves Chattooga, Gordon, Murray and Whitefield Counties, providing resources and role models for young people. It opens its doors daily to almost 2,100 kids and teens who need a safe and positive space to spend time in when they aren’t in school. Bostik chose the Boys and Girls club since many of its employees reside in the counties the club serves.

Larson Manufacturing Company

Over the last year, Larson has raised nearly $200,000 for their local United Way affiliate in Brookings, SD. For over 65 years, charitable giving has been an essential element of Larson Manufacturing’s corporate mission. One of the primary ways the company demonstrates its commitment to the communities it serves is through an annual United Way fundraising initiative that includes events held throughout the year and a fall campaign drive. This year, more than 80 percent of employees participated.

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HOK Architects

This company just announced a new partnership with Indspire, an organization that invests in the education of Indigenous people. The partnership will provide annual scholarships for Indigenous Canadians, funding for career counseling and mentorship opportunities with HOK designers, solidifying a commitment of two annual $5,000 bursaries and an annual $2,500 grant to support Indspire’s Soaring event for Indigenous high school students and volunteer work by HOK’s employees.

Has your company recently volunteered or donated in your community? Tag FGIA in your social media posts about your good deeds so we can share them!