We believe that our strength comes from the impact we can make in people’s lives.

It is our mission to support our customers, colleagues and communities by helping them achieve their aspirations and helping their communities thrive. This shapes our work as a responsible corporate citizen. We deliver high-impact funding and initiatives that support people, businesses and non-profit partners so that together, we can make a meaningful difference in the world.

In 1872, we began serving our communities with our first philanthropic grant. In the 1860s, we began providing funding for disaster relief in the United States. Today we continue that legacy through the American Express Foundation. Since creating the American Express Foundation in 1954, we've provided more than $1 billion to charitable causes around the world through the Foundation and our Corporate Giving Program.

Community Impact Priorities

Backing Equal Futures

Helping to advance economic and educational opportunities for coming generations, to ensure their long-term success and ability to thrive.

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Backing Small

Helping to support small business owners in building their economic vitality and foster a thriving community through grants, mentoring support, and technical assistance.

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Backing Low-Carbon Communities

Helping to promote sustainability, climate-resilience, equity, and recovery in cities and disaster-prone areas.

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