Through the years, Alcoa Corporation and the Alcoa Foundation have donated millions of dollars to support nearly 100 local non-profit organizations in Stanly County and across central North Carolina. Gifts have helped spur economic development, teach new skills to displaced workers, fund college scholarships, promote lake safety and support local law enforcement organizations.
Notable gifts include:
- A $250,000 grant to the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center to benefit economic development efforts in Badin.
- The donation of more than 1,000 acres to expand Morrow Mountain State Park. The land allowed Morrow Mountain State Park to grow its footprint by more than 20 percent, making it one of the largest state parks in North Carolina. In addition, Alcoa worked with the State of North Carolina, the Land Trust of Central North Carolina and other conservation partners to help conserve nearly 5,000 acres of undeveloped land along High Rock and Tuckertown.
- The donation of more than 1 million artifacts unearthed at the historic Hardaway Site in Stanly County to researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill. This site, one of North America’s most significant archaeological sites, was discovered on Alcoa-owned property in the 1940s. Alcoa Foundation provided a $220,000 grant to raise awareness about the site and the settlers who lived here more than 10,000 years ago.
- New patrol boats to help sheriff departments in Stanly County, Rowan County, Montgomery County and Davidson County provide for more effective law enforcement on the water.