Reynolds American donates nearly $10 million

Todd Cohen

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Reynolds American group of companies, employees and their private charitable foundations donated roughly $10 million to nonprofits in 2011.

Reynolds American Inc. and subsidiaries RAI Services Co. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.  contributed a combined $5.5 million to nonprofits.

Big donations included 360 acres of land valued at $3.5 million to the Davie County Economic Development Commission, plus over 3,000 pieces of art to the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County with an estimated tax value of over $700,000.

Other donations were made to Keep America Beautiful, River Run International Film Festival and the American Red Cross.

In 2011, the Reynolds American Foundation made 415 charitable contributions, including matching grants totaling $3.5 million.

The Foundation’s biggest contribution was $800,000 to the United Way of Forsyth County, which also received $769,227 from Reynolds employees for its annual campaign.

The American Snuff Charitable Trust, which is associated with RAI’s Memphis-based subsidiary, American Snuff Co., made 65 individual contributions worth a total $465,600 in 2011.

The Trust’s biggest contribution of $30,000 went to the Mid-South Red Cross.

Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. and its associated foundation donated a combined $469,540 in 2011.

The company made nine charitable contributions during the year, including $113,680, the largest, to the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

Santa Fe’s Foundation made 10 contributions, with $155,000, the largest, going to the American Indian College Fund.

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