As a responsible corporate citizen, AK Steel contributes to every community in which the company operates. Through the AK Steel Foundation, the company is able to make a positive difference in the lives of others, spending more than $1 million in 2009 alone on programs, scholarships and grants.
In recognition of AK Steel’s impact on the community, the company received the 2010 Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Dan Beard Council, and the 2009 Outstanding Child and Family Advocate Award from the Celebrating Families Committee in Butler County, Ohio.
In addition to providing direct support to nonprofits, the AK Steel Foundation offers a Matching Gift Program to help employees increase the value of their charitable contributions each year. Numerous organizations benefit from the program, including universities, museums and performing arts centers. The program also helps employees support emergency relief efforts during times of crisis, such as the tragic Haitian earthquake of 2010. The AK Steel Foundation supported the company’s employees in making a difference in Haiti by donating an additional $100,000 to Doctors Without Boarders and the American Red Cross.
The AK Steel Foundation also awards college scholarships to children of company employees through its Sons and Daughters scholarship program. The Middletown, Ohio Community Foundation independently selects each recipient based on academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. From 2003 through 2010, the AK Steel Foundation has awarded 160 Sons and Daughters scholarships.
Along with the Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program, the AK Steel Foundation underwrites the Louie F. Cox Scholarship Program, which benefits African American students in Warren and Butler Counties in Ohio. Similar to the Sons and Daughters Program, the Louie F. Cox scholarships are funded by the AK Steel Foundation and are worth a maximum $20,000 each.
Through the AK Steel Foundation, the corporation supports the United Way in every community in which the company operates. Over the years, the AK Steel Foundation has donated millions of dollars to the United Way – helping the organization support childhood education programs, improve the health and independence of people in the community and help families in need achieve financial stability.
In recognition of women who have overcome obstacles to make a difference in the lives of others, the AK Steel Foundation underwrites the Steel Magnolia Awards. The awards honor women who have faced personal adversity and shown exceptional strength, courage, compassion and leadership in the communities in which AK Steel operates. Eight Steel Magnolia Awards were presented during the program’s inaugural year in 2009.
In recent years, the AK Steel Foundation has provided support to numerous nonprofit and charitable organizations, including, among many others:
- Abilities First
- American Cancer Society
- American Heart Association
- Anthony Muñoz Foundation
- Boy Scouts of America
- Children’s Home of Greater Cincinnati
- Downs Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
- Good Samaritan Hospital
- Kidney Foundation of Greater Cincinnati
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Marvin Lewis Community Fund
- Middletown Senior Citizens Center
- National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
- Ohio Cancer Research Associates