2018 Worldwide Giving Report

ExxonMobil’s community investments are intended to address strategic local priorities where we do business around the world.


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2018 Worldwide Giving Report
We partner with governments, other companies and nongovernmental organizations to help support communities where we operate. We focus on community and business needs such as health care,education and economic development, and we consider each community’s development goals when deciding how best to invest. We often participate in public-private partnerships and continuously engage with key stakeholders to help improve social and economic conditions.


In 2018, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $211 million in contributions worldwide. Of that total, $74 million supported U.S. communities and $97 million supported communities in other countries. ExxonMobil employees and retirees donated nearly $40 million through ExxonMobil’s matching gift and employee-giving programs.

Our employees are involved in local communities by providing pro bono legal services, helping build homes and serving as volunteer firefighters, among numerous other activities. Through company-sponsored volunteer programs, more than 15,000 ExxonMobil employees, retirees and their families donated more than 443,000 volunteer hours in 2018 to almost 3,600 charitable organizations in 33 countries.

This report highlights ExxonMobil’s 2018 worldwide corporate contributions and community investments.Organizations in the United States that received grants of $5,000 or more are listed and investments benefiting countries outside the United States are summarized. Contributions reflected in this report were made by ExxonMobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates – including XTO Energy Inc. – and the ExxonMobil Foundation.

Arts and Culture

ExxonMobil provides monetary support to arts and culture projects in many of the countries where we work. In 2018, corporate and ExxonMobil Foundation contributions supporting arts and cultural programs totaled more than $2.3 million, of which $2 million benefited communities in the United States.

Photo – ExxonMobil donated more than $2.3 million to arts and cultural organizations in 2018. 
In the United States, funding for the arts is provided primarily through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s matching gift programs. In 2018, employees and retirees donated more than $2.1 million to arts and cultural organizations, and the ExxonMobil Foundation contributed more than $1.6 million by matching their donations.

Civic and Community

ExxonMobil supports many community priorities where we do business. We contributed $77.8 million to civic and community service organizations around the world in 2018, of which more than $66.7 million benefited communities outside of the United States.

ExxonMobil fosters a culture that encourages employees to contribute both their time and talents year-round to help support the communities where they live and work. Our employees and retirees across the world are involved in their local communities by providing pro bono legal services, helping build homes and serving as volunteer firefighters, among numerous other activities. We also encourage our employees to bring their professional expertise to programs that enhance math and science education.

Photo – ExxonMobil Mozambique employees assisting in relief efforts following Cyclone Idai.
In 2018, more than 15,000 ExxonMobil employees,retirees, and their families donated approximately 443,000 volunteer hours to more than 3,500 charitable organizations in 33 countries through company-sponsored volunteer programs. Of this total, more than 6,000 people volunteered more than 45,000 hours with 433 organizations in countries outside the United States.

Higher education

In 2018, ExxonMobil provided $41 million to colleges, universities and other organizations that support higher education. Of this amount, more than $38 million benefited higher education in the United States.

Our education initiatives focus primarily on supporting programs that improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.We also support diversity-based education programs and professional societies such as the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, among others.

Photo – ExxonMobil granted $41 million to colleges, universities and other higher education organizations in 2018.
Our major financial support for higher education in the United States is through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s Educational Matching Gift Program. In 2018, we granted almost $32.9 million in matching funds to 833 colleges and universities, the United Negro College Fund, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the American Indian College Fund.

Pre-college education

Improving educational programs to enhance math, engineering and science skills is a focus area for ExxonMobil. In 2018, contributions in support of pre-college education totaled more than $13 million, with$8.3 million benefiting education in the United States.

Education is a fundamental building block for individual opportunity and economic growth. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics(STEM) skills, in particular, are critical to ensuring today’s students are prepared for the jobs of the 21st century. We focus on increasing the number of teachers who are equipped to teach STEM, graduating more students from high school ready for success in college and careers, and advocating for higher standards and rigorous assessments. In 2018, we invested nearly $8 million in STEM-related programs in the United States.

Photo – Participants at the ExxonMobil Introduce a Girl to Engineering Program in Dallas, Texas.
Outside the United States, we establish local partnerships with organizations that have close ties with a country’s educational system. For example, we are helping to build primary schools in Angola through our work with the Qatar-based Educate A Child initiative and in partnership with the nonprofit RISE International.

Workforce development

In 2018, ExxonMobil contributed $3.5 million to support vocational and entrepreneurial education. Of this amount, almost $3.2 million benefited communities outside the United States.

Photo – ExxonMobil supports workforce development programs to help recruit, train and develop workers for successful careers.
In the United States, ExxonMobil funded workforce development programs to recruit, train and develop workers for successful careers with local industrial employers. In the Houston area, for example, we provided $100,000 to the Lee College Community College Petrochemical Initiative. In Baton Rouge, we supported the North Baton Rouge Industrial Training Program at the Baton Rouge Community College.

Health and Environment

In 2018, ExxonMobil’s health and environmental contributions totaled $18.5 million, with $12.4 million benefiting communities outside of the United States. Our environmental investments focus on several important areas including conservation in a range of ecosystems, environmental education and outreach, and scientific research of environmental issues. These contributions are only a small portion of our company’s overall investments in the environmental area; investments do not include the company’s environmental capital and operating expenditures.

Photo – ExxonMobil has helped distribute more than 15 million bed nets since 2000.

We invest in programs centered on improving health, mainly in the developing world, with a particular focus on combating malaria. In many locations where we operate, malaria continues to have a significant impact on local communities. From 2000 until year-end 2018, we committed more than $170 million to help fund malaria programs throughout Africa and the Pacific Rim, reaching more than 125 million people. In 2018, we provided more than $6 million toward the fight against malaria.

In 2018, the ExxonMobil Foundation also announced a $10 million collaboration with Conservation International and the University of Guyana in support of sustainable job opportunities and conservation.

Public information and Policy research

ExxonMobil provides support to organizations that promote international relationships,institutions with strong research capabilities that contribute to informed policy decision-making, and organizations that assess public policy alternatives on issues of importance to the petroleum and petrochemical industries. In 2018, contributions for public information and policy research totaled more than $4.3 million, of which $4.2 million was within the United States.

Photo – We support organizations that provide and promote sound policies and cross-cultural engagement.
We support organizations that foster international understanding and engagement, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Affairs Council. Our involvement with the Business Council for International Understanding, Corporate Council on Africa and similar organizations facilitates cross-cultural awareness and progress.

United appeals and Workplace giving

ExxonMobil’s U.S. employees and retirees pledged $15 million to United Way chapters in 2018, in addition to United Way corporate gifts totaling nearly $3.6 million. In Houston, employees and retirees raised more than $11 million during the company’s campaign for the United Way of Greater Houston, and ExxonMobil provided $1.6 million in corporate donations. Employees and retirees in Canada pledged more than $1.3 million to the United Way, bringing the total corporate and employee donations in Canada to nearly $1.6 million. In Dallas, ExxonMobil and its employees and retirees donated almost $1.9 million through our Employees’ Favorite Charities Campaign.

Photo – ExxonMobil employees volunteer for Cyclone Idai relief efforts.
In addition, more than 15,000 employees volunteered approximately 443,000 hours to charitable organizations in 2018.

Women's economic opportunity

In 2018, contributions totaling $6.2 million were made to help advance economic opportunities for women. Empowering women is a key element in enhancing local and international economic development. Investing in women helps support broad transformation in developing regions and contributes to a more equitable society. For example, it helps to lower infant mortality, improve health and nutrition, increase educational opportunities, enhance economic growth and food security, and reduce poverty.

Photo – ExxonMobil supports programs to help women fulfill their economic potential and improve their well-being.
We invest in programs proven to provide women with skills and resources needed to increase their productivity and income. In addition to supporting research that identifies innovative and proven interventions to help women advance economically, our investments focus on developing women farmers, entrepreneurs and business leaders, identifying and certifying women-owned businesses and improving women’s access to technology. Since 2005, ExxonMobil has invested approximately $120 million to promote economic opportunities for women, reaching tens of thousands of women in more than 90 countries. 

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