Leveraging expertise, resources, and products to build resilient communities
Here’s how we partner with our communities to bring Community Matters to life
Building strong homes and gathering places
GAF helps provide grants, in-kind donations, and hands-on support to address the unique needs of each community. Through the GAF Community Contractor Program, for example, more than 500 certified contractors have helped to install roofs for thousands of families in need of decent affordable housing.
Building infrastructure and disaster preparedness
Nonprofit partners such as Team Rubicon and Good360 help us provide critical resources and tools for our communities so they are ready to respond when disasters strike.
Building bright futures by equipping the next generation for success
GAF is leading initiatives designed to bring people together in shared spaces, to help enhance economic and social health in the places where we live and work.
Supporting the workforces of today and tomorrow
Building resilient communities while combating urban heat
Growing sustainable practices for our shared futureAt GAF, sustainability is an opportunity to invest in the shared future of our business and our planet. The GAF Sustainability report for 2021 highlights our efforts around product circularity, operational waste diversion, carbon emissions reduction, product transparency and green portfolio expansion.
Does your organization qualify for a GAF Community Grant?GAF contributes resources to a range of nonprofit organizations that align with our Community Matters Initiative.
If your 501(c)(3) organization is located in the US or Canada and looking for support, submit a grant application for consideration.
Around the globe, excess heat collects in urban areas and can contribute to increased heat-related death and illness, diminished quality of life, and reduced economic opportunities. Such areas are known as "urban heat islands." Fortunately, cooling strategies are now available and being used in initiatives like the GAF Cool Community project to help mitigate urban heat island effects. Such cooling strategies are supported by products such as such as GAF StreetBond® pavement coatings with Invisible Shade™ — named by TIME magazine as one of its Best Inventions of 2022.
The GAF manufacturing plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama sits just a half mile away from Stillman College, a historically Black university with a rich history in the area. The school was first formed as the Tuscaloosa Institute in 1875 by the Presbyterian Church to serve as a ministerial training academy for Black men. It was renamed in 1899 — after the director whose idea it was to found the academy — Rev. Dr. Charles Allen Stillman.
Critically acclaimed actor — with a roofing industry background — Anthony Mackie has teamed up with GAF and their Community Matters initiative to help rebuild Gulf Region roofs hit by extreme weather.
"As industry leaders, we have a responsibility to use our expertise and resources to make a positive impact on our communities and our planet, which is why we've set these ambitious goals. We are making strategic investments to achieve those goals and, ultimately, to leave the planet better than we found it for our children – and their children." —Jim Schnepper, CEO of GAF, Earth Day, 2022
By Jeff Terry