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Corporate Philanthropy & The Lincoln Electric Foundation

We are proud of the many programs and initiatives that connect us with our communities and align with the philanthropic interests of our employees. Together, we are working to build a better world and make a difference.

In-Kind Gifts: We provide product donations to nonprofit organizations to support fundraising events, support disaster relief efforts, and weld training programs such as the Scouts BSA welding merit badge and skilled trade programs.

In 2022 we provided approximately $475,000 of in-kind donations domestically, in addition to donations made through the James F. Lincoln Foundation, product programs that support educational institutions, and various international facility donations.

Employee Gift Matching Program: The Lincoln Electric Employee Gift Matching Program supports U.S. employees with the opportunity to double their donation to the nonprofits of their choice. Employees' gifts are matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000 annually.

  • 32% Human Service
  • 17% Education
  • 15% Community Development & Youth Programing
  • 13% Medical Service
  • 12% Empolyee Match & Disaster Relief
  • 11% Art & Culture

We are dedicated to teaching the art and science of welding, developing industry-ready welders, and supporting a strong career pipeline for students and young professionals seeking to leverage welding as a core skill. We work with schools, military, and youth organizations that share our passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and our vision for the future of welding.

Welding Technology and Training Center

The Lincoln Electric Welding Technology & Training Center (WTTC) is a 130,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility on our Euclid, Ohio campus that is dedicated to training:

  • educators,
  • industry leaders and
  • skilled trade workers

in the craft and science of welding.

As an internationally recognized foundation for the development of best practices in welding education, the WTTC features 166 welding and cutting booths, a virtual reality training lab, a 100-seat auditorium and extensive seminar and welding classroom space to advance technical skills.

Through the LEEPS™ program — Lincoln Electric Education Partner Schools program, we help the next generation of welders obtain the credentials they need to advance their training and careers with a complete suite of portable and stackable welding certifications. Lincoln Electric and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) have joined forces to provide the curriculum and learning management resources necessary for benchmarking and standardizing welding performance.

We also partner with and support welding associations that directly work on standards of welding education.

Organizations we work with:

  • American Welding Society® (AWS),
  • Lincoln Electric supports several scholarships with AWS to promote STEM and welding-related degrees
  • International Institute of Welding (IIW),
  • European Welding Association (EWA)
  • DVS (German Welding Society)
  • World Didac®
  • Erasmus+ European Program

Lincoln Electric Volunteers

Our Cleveland-based Finance team volunteered to assist with an Emergency Food Box Distribution in the North Coast Municipal Parking Lot in downtown Cleveland. The team worked together with other volunteers from the community to distribute food to 2,500 families in need. Each family received chicken, milk, produce, apples, and bread. It was a great activity to connect as a team while also helping those in need.

LE employees in Poland and Gainesville, Georgia celebrated Earth Day planting trees. In Poland, the event was organized by EHS team in cooperation with the Forestry of Swidnica. Volunteers planted about 900 fir saplings on the prepared fenced land in the forest.

Lincoln Electric's Junior Board in the U.S., coordinated a Sound the Alarm, Save a Life event with the Red Cross and Euclid (Ohio) Fire Department. The Red Cross and Euclid Fire Department educated Lincoln Electric employees on the basics of fire safety and importance of smoke alarms.