SMEF launches global humanitarian program

By |  June 30, 2014

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Foundation (SMEF) launched the Miners Give Back program to contribute to improving the lives of individuals where mining is, or has been, an integral part of the community.

“As the largest professional society in the mining industry, SME will be a conduit for industry specialists around the world to positively impact and enhance the lifestyles of local communities with sustainable benefits that will last for generations,” says David Kanagy, SME executive director, in a press release.

SMEF plans to invest matching funds to find solutions to projects related to health issues, water systems, education, youth mentoring and other mining-related concerns within impacted communities. The foundation plans to achieve its goals by sponsoring an established mining company; forming partnerships with local or regional organizations; and partnering with local SME sections or individuals who initiate and implement projects that provide definitive benefits to the local community.

According to a press release, the Drummond Co. Inc. made the 2014 Miners Give Back grants possible because of its donation. Any SME member is eligible to submit a nomination for a project to be considered. Learn more here.

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