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3M FOUNDATION GIVES OVER $3.3 MILLION TO EDUCATION, ARTS, AND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE PROGRAMS

 ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Gifts totaling more than $3.3 million were approved by the 3M Foundation in support of education, arts and culture, health and human services, and community/civic organizations.
 The largest grant of $1.15 million will go to the United Way of the St. Paul Area during 1994. This represents 3M's corporate gift to the United Way, and is a 3 percent increase over the previous year. An additional $458,000 was approved for United Way organizations in other communities where 3M has operations.
 The employee matching gift program has become one of the fastest growing areas of 3M's Contributions Program. Annually, 3M matches dollar- for-dollar gifts made by employees and retirees to higher education and public broadcasting. In 1992, this amounted to $1,115,035. In response to the recent flooding in the Midwest, the 3M Foundation launched a challenge grant which matched dollar-for-dollar employee and retiree contributions to the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. To date, over $250,000 has been contributed.
 While it is the goal of the 3M Foundation to tie grants to education, some are specifically focused on educational needs. For example, a $120,000 grant to the Science Museum of Minnesota for the Labworks and Lab Partners Program enhances children's learning and application of science through simple science experiments as taught by other students.
 In providing arts funding, the focus is on organizations that fill gaps in arts education, provide access for underserved and disadvantaged individuals through connections with human service agencies, and foster an appreciation and understanding of diversity through program and outreach activities. Since many of these organizations are located in the inner city, they are in a position to serve the neighborhood while contributing to community revitalization and economic activity. General operating grants were approved to several organizations to achieve this objective.
 The Children's Art Project is a new collaborative effort with the Minneapolis Institute of Art and local schools. It is an art contest for children, centered around a social theme, emphasizing arts education, creativity and achievement. Community members serve on the selection committee and as judges. Winning art work is displayed on billboards donated by 3M National Advertising Company.
 Several programs in health and human services were awarded grants. The National Marrow Donor Program received a grant for $79,380 to cover the cost of typing employees and their families, and to launch recruiting drives on local college campuses. The program matches donors to those in need of bone marrow transplants through a simple blood test. This is a continuation of a program started by 3M in 1992, and has grown considerably as other corporations participate through donors and donations.
 Another program with an innovative twist is the St. Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development's Family Empowerment Project. A $72,500 grant will help five families on the East Side of St. Paul to obtain technical assistance and funding to start their own cottage industries.
 The following outlines requests approved in all four categories: Education: Minnesota Technical Education Foundation, $51,600; The Science Museum of Minnesota, $120,000.
 Community/Civic: Minnesota State Council Opportunities Industrialization Centers, $200,000; St. Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development Family Empowerment Project, $72,500.
 Arts and Culture: Guthrie Theater, $25,000; Ordway Music Theatre, $35,000; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, $40,000; St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, $100,000; KTCA-Twin Cities Public Television, $75,000; Minnesota Opera, $100,000; Minnesota Orchestra, $315,000; Minnesota Public Radio, $45,000; Children's Theatre Company, $25,000; Walker Arts Center, $13,000.
 Health/Human Services: National Marrow Donor Program, $79,380; Goodwill Industries/Easter Seal Society of Minnesota, $37,945; 1993 Employee Match on the Holiday Food/Clothing Drive, $50,000; Human Services, Inc., $80,000; United Way of the St. Paul Area, $1,154,000; United Way Corporate Gifts (outside the St. Paul area), $458,000.
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