Social Investment Programs

Our Commitment to Investment
The Freeport-McMoRan Social Investment programs are designed to ensure that resources are used effectively to address high-priority needs and facilitate local capacity building to sustain communities when our operations cease. Further, we are guided by a long-term goal of decreasing community dependencies on our operations and ensuring that we are entering into partnerships that support sustainability. We partner with NGOs, foundations, and other community and government institutions globally to support community development initiatives.

In 2017, Freeport-McMoRan, operating subsidiaries, and the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation contributed over $153 million to community organizations throughout the world, including $48 million in the U.S.

Our Approach
Rather than viewing financial and other resources simply as charitable donations or philanthropy, we encourage our partners to think about financial and other resources as the means to make investments in the future of the community with the goal of realizing a return that helps create greater capacity and long term sustainability.

The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation’s Social Investment Program is available to eligible nonprofit organizations/programs that serve Freeport-McMoRan communities without a Community Investment Fund. Nonprofit organizations/programs that serve communities in the Greater New Orleans area are eligible for the New Orleans Social Investment Program.

Social Investment Programs
Social Investment funds are awarded in areas that reflect the best opportunities to create sustainable benefits in communities. Be sure to review community priorities, focus areas and community benefits associated with your community to ensure your project aligns with what we are seeking to fund.

The maximum indirect cost allowed by the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation is 6% of direct project costs.

Ajo Social Investment
Community Priorities, Focus Areas and Community Outcomes
Application Window: March 1 - August 30

Bisbee Social Investment
Community Priorities, Focus Areas and Community Outcomes

Application Window: March 1 - August 30

General Social Investment 
Community Priorities and Community Outcomes
Application Window: March 1- August 30

Ajo, Bisbee and General Social Investment applicants will be notified of award status the week of February 25.

Henderson Area Social Investment 
Letter of Intent Window: May 3 - August 10
Click here to learn more about the Henderson Area Request for Proposals process. 

New Orleans Social Investment
Letter of Intent Window: May 1- June 15 
Click here to learn more about the New Orleans Letter of Intent submission process. 

Social Investment Eligible Projects should:

  • Focus on initiatives/outcomes that will be sustainable beyond the life of Freeport- McMoRan
  • Benefit the community as a whole and not a single organization or individual
  • Have a clear purpose and operate transparently based on demonstrated need for proposed project
  • Measure and evaluate impact     

Social Investment Application Resources
Sample Application and Tips
This can be used as reference when completing the online application.

Project Budget Template
This template was established by the Foundation and should be used in your application.

Project Budget Template User Guide

MAP Dashboard
This website provides indicators and data for Southern Arizona, as well as access to the latest information and research.

For questions about the Social Investment Program, please contact