Cooper Tire & Rubber Foundation

The Cooper Tire & Rubber Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. The Foundation is proud to support five core programs that focus on safety, education, youth career development and local community giving in the locations where Cooper has major facilities.

Tread Wisely

Launched in 2016, the Tread Wisely program helps deliver the message of Cooper’s Signature Cause - tire and vehicle safety for teens and young adults. With car crashes being the number one cause of teen deaths worldwide and a leading cause of young adult deaths around the world, Tread Wisely represents an important global effort to address this tragic reality and drive positive change. Cooper’s Signature Cause receives the majority of our corporate giving dollars and our employee volunteerism. For more information, visit TreadWisely.org.
 

Dream It. Do It.

 

Each year, through the Foundation, Cooper participates in this national (U.S.) program designed to encourage youth to consider careers in manufacturing, addressing the widening gap in the nation’s workforce pipeline.  Cooper celebrates National Manufacturing Day/Month in October in our headquarters and plant community of Findlay, Ohio, as well as our manufacturing plant communities of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Tupelo, Mississippi. To activate this program at a grassroots level, Cooper established a “Dream Team,” a group of early-career employees from our major facilities who are active in this program and others designed to raise awareness of the many positives associated with careers in manufacturing. More than 10,000 students were reached by Cooper's Dream It. Do It. initiatives in 2016.
 

Matching Gift

Cooper matches employee donations dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $5,000 per year to approved not-for-profit organizations including educational institutions, the arts and others.
 

Centennial Scholarship

The Foundation has established two scholarship funds to provide financial assistance to the children of Cooper Tire employees in the United States who are pursuing additional education following the completion of high school. Both scholarships are awarded to students who meet application criteria and are selected by an independent review committee for the awards. The Centennial Scholarship was established in 2014 in recognition of the company’s 100th anniversary. Winners of this scholarship are the children of Cooper employees who intend to pursue careers related to manufacturing and are pursuing their studies following high school at a technical college, community college or university. The Roy V. Armes Scholarship was established in 2016 in recognition of the contributions of former Cooper Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Roy Armes. Like the Centennial Scholarship, winners of this scholarship are the children of Cooper employees, but in the case of this particular award, they are going on to study engineering or business at a four-year college or university.

 

 

Corporate Giving

Cooper has long been a major supporter of dozens of causes in the communities where we live and work.  One organization that has been selected for Foundation and employee giving is the United Way.  The United Way provides assistance to many individual non-profit groups doing important work in our communities. Through the Foundation, Cooper provides a matching donation to United Way each year based on employee giving.  The United Way will continue as our primary employee giving and focused local cause in communities where Cooper has major facilities.