Community Engagement

Being a connected contributor in our community is a tradition and point of pride at Reynolds American and its subsidiaries, where our legacy of community support dates back to the late 1800s. Our companies and employees generously invest their time, talent and money to help improve lives and shape the communities where we live and work.

Our community outreach efforts are not an afterthought – they are an important part of our sustainable business practices and our commitment to being a positive, connected contributor in the community. To this end, RAI and its subsidiaries total giving programs are defined by four components:

Foundation giving: Three independent foundations, created, staffed and funded by our operating companies, support education, arts and social programs that strengthen our local communities.

Corporate giving: RAI and its subsidiaries make monetary contributions and non-cash donations such as land and buildings to support nonprofits and economic development efforts in the communities in which we operate.

Employee-directed giving: Employees are able to direct foundation and corporate funds through a variety of ways. For example, the Reynolds American Foundation matches employee gifts to nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher learning up to $7,000 per employee per year.

Employee volunteerism: Employees are encouraged to give of their time by spending some paid time off to volunteer in schools, and to participate annually with colleagues in United Way’s Days of Caring.


Our companies, along with their foundations and employees, donated approximately $15 million in cash to a wide range of nonprofit organizations in 2016. Employees gave $2.1 million of their own money to nonprofit and educational organizations, including nearly $1.15 million to the United Way and employee gifts of $974,000 which were matched one-for-one by the Reynolds American Foundation.


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2016 Donations by Funding Source Pie Chart