Connect our passions and talents to build partnerships that transform our communities.


Leverage our time, talent and dollars to cultivate a future workforce and strengthen the lives of those within our communities.


  • Education
  • Employee Engagement
  • Reputation
  • Strengthening Communities

Investment through philanthropy

Investment Through Philanthropy

1 Includes ECHO, employee donations for education matched by company and local fund-raising campaigns.
2 Includes contributions in categories such as arts and culture, youth and civic that are not in one of our four focus areas.


Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation are committed to expanding and enhancing the pipeline of diverse, talented STEM students globally. In 2017, Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation contributed over $20.4 million to diverse STEM-related groups.

1. Improving Education

1 Improving Education


Contribute to the development of a pipeline of diverse talent by supporting STEM and strategic education programs and initiatives that align to the business needs of the company.


Quality Education In alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goal 4, by 2030, Northrop Grumman will provide workforce-relevant professional development programming to middle school educators in order to increase their math and science knowledge and their confidence and competence in teaching STEM subjects, in turn helping to increase math and science proficiency for 350,000 students.


In support of the goal, 182 middle school educators participated in professional development programming, impacting more than 16,700 students in 2017.

Teachers Academy

The Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy immerses teacher fellows into engineering and technology environments at Northrop Grumman. Marking the second year of the program, we hosted 25 middle school teachers (grades 5 to 8) in the year-long blended learning program. For the first time, the program expanded internationally to include a teacher participating at our Canberra, Australia office. Almost 100 percent of the fellows from 2016-2017 indicated they will likely increase the type and amount of STEM-related subjects into lesson plans and coursework.

“One of the most effective parts of the program for me is being able to talk to many different people who work in the engineering field and gain their knowledge and perspective about how I can help get my students ready for what they do and to give my students examples of the paths real people have taken in order to become successful in their careers.”

Northrop Grumman Foundation Teacher Fellow

EarthEcho International

For the first time, the Northrop Grumman Foundation partnered with EarthEcho International, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to youth education. We sponsored 25 middle school teachers from across the United States to complete a week-long expedition examining water scarcity. Philippe Cousteau, Jr., grandson of Jacques Cousteau, led Water by Design in Los Angeles, California.

Participating teachers engaged in the development of adventure-based STEM learning modules that introduce students to innovative engineering and technology solutions, addressing water scarcity issues. EarthEcho Expedition modules created by the educator team are designed to be distributed digitally to classrooms across the world at no charge.

Teachers examine water scarcity as part of Water by Design.
Teachers examine water scarcity as part of Water by Design.

Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy Fellows explore VEX Robotics during their summer externship in Baltimore, Maryland.
Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy Fellows explore VEX Robotics during their summer externship in Baltimore, Maryland.

Into the Unknown

The film Into the Unknown continued to premier in countries around the world as part of our global education outreach efforts. The film, developed by the Northrop Grumman Foundation as a resource for teachers, students, and science enthusiasts, provides an in-depth look at one of the most daring scientific missions ever attempted: the building of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

Students, teachers and scientists saw the film at schools, universities and science centers around the globe including Japan, Norway, South Korea, Australia and the United Kingdom. Following each screening, experts from NASA and/or Northrop Grumman participated in panel discussions. INTO THE UNKNOWN screenings were featured during Engineers Week across 20 Northrop Grumman communities where students also engaged in engineering challenges, site tours and hands-on STEM activities.

Soaring to New Heights

Los Angeles County Air Show

As we continue to expand STEM outreach across the globe, we increased participation in air shows that offer STEM engagement opportunities for attendees. We participated in the Los Angeles County Air Show, attended by 100,000 people, showcasing the Northrop Grumman STEM Tent. Our interative activities for families included the B-2 Photo Booth, Wind Tube activity and building your own James Webb Space Telescope using LEGO® brand building blocks.

Maxwell Air Force Base Air Show

Commemorating the U.S. Air Force's 70th Anniversary, the Maxwell Air Force Base Air Show, held in Montgomery, Alabama, included a STEM day during which more than 1,000 students from local schools visited the Northrop Grumman STEM booth. Northrop Grumman also provided speakers for the STEM panel discussion for students and faculty of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College and the School for Advanced Air and Space Studies.

Royal International Air Tattoo, UK

At one of the world's largest military air shows showcasing more than 250 aircraft, with an estimated 130,000 visitors in attendance, we showcased JWST in Techno Zone and promoted STEM activities for students.

Northrop Grumman employees demonstrate aerodynamics at the Los Angeles County Air Show.
Northrop Grumman employees demonstrate aerodynamics at the Los Angeles County Air Show.

VEX Robotics World Championships

The Northrop Grumman Foundation has partnered with VEX Robotics in support of their annual World Championship competition for much of the past 10- year history. Held in Louisville, Kentucky, the event drew 1,400 teams from 30 countries with a total of 25,000 attendees. During the world’s largest robotics competition, students came together to build alliances and put their techinical skills to the test during the nationally televised competition. For 2017, we supported the creation of 76 teams, impacting 7,600 students.

Participants from Japan get excited at Space Camp.
Participants from Japan get excited at Space Camp.

Space Camp®

The Northrop Grumman Foundation funded Space Camp® scholarships for 80 middle school students and 48 teachers from across the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and, for the first time, Japan. Space Camp was held at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. To date, the Northrop Grumman Foundation has sponsored more than 800 students and teachers and partnered with more than 270 middle schools across the United States and in select countries.

Space Challenge

For the second year, we sponsored the annual Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) Space Challenge where 2,000 Korean STEM students learned about unmanned aerial vehicles, tested water rockets and participated in a simulated parachute experience using virtual reality.

Victorian Space Science Education Centre

As part of our commitment to Australia’s future and support for the community, we formed corporate community partnerships with the Victorian Space Science Education Centre to inspire students in STEM. We provided a range of scholarships for high school students including Women in Technology and Excellence in Engineering, along with support for competitions such as the National Engineering and Science Challenge, VEX Robotics and the UAV Outback Challenge in Australia.

Viva Technology

This national K-12 education program, supported by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, engages students, teachers and parents with STEM projects and provides STEM-focused career pathways. Implemented at middle schools near Northrop Grumman facilities in California, Florida and Maryland, the program is supported by our employees, who volunteer their time. Parents and teachers learn techniques to encourage student interest in STEM, while students participate in competitions and activities during a one-day event led by college students majoring in STEM disciplines. There have been 21 events held since 2011 that have touched the lives of more than 2,000 students.

National Society of Black Engineers Summer Engineering Experience for Kids

We have been a sponsor of this program for the past five years, helping to advance their mission as the National Society of Black Engineers provide early STEM exposure to students in economically disadvantaged areas, beginning in third grade through twelfth grade.


Our cyber education programs aim to motivate youth to pursue academic opportunities in cybersecurity. Outreach activities help remove barriers by providing scholarships and internships. Workforce development efforts deployed by Northrop Grumman help model and advocate for a diverse and talented cyber workforce.

Our Efforts in Cyber

  • Sponsoring youth cyber camps.
  • Mentoring middle and high-school cyber competition teams.
  • Sponsoring collegiate cyber competitions.
  • Participating in national forums for cyber education and workforce.
  • Engaging in government working groups with national, state and local leaders.
  • Speaking at cyber education and workforce development conferences globally.

Our key initiative is the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program, created by the Air Force Association and sponsored by Northrop Grumman Foundation. As part of this program, middle- and high-school students compete in teams to protect and defend the network of a fictitious company.

The CyberPatriot IX competition drew a record 4,404 teams, a 30 percent increase over 2016. The team participation exceeded the goal of 4,000 teams. We used the CyberPatriot platform internationally to develop CyberCenturion in the United Kingdom and CyberArabia in Saudi Arabia and would like to assist our partners in Australia to launch a Cyber program for students by 2019.

Cyber Education Initiatives

High-Priority Cyber security Policy

We partnered with the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security to host a half-day conference to discuss high-priority cybersecurity policy issues facing the U.S. government and private sector stakeholders. The conference covered a May 2017 Executive Order on cybersecurity, strategic questions related to cyber deterrence and defense doctrine, and the current status of nation-state and non-state cyber threats to U.S. national security and economic interests.

2. Employee Engagement

2 Employee Engagement


Connect employees to strategic opportunities for volunteerism, skills development and community giving to create a culture that drives excellence and retains employees.


Volunteer Time

Our employees logged 63,454 hours of time in our event management system, Volunteer1NG. Of these hours, 62,166.5 were personal time and 1,287.5 were paid by the company. These hours are valued at more than $1.53 million in community impact (based on an average value of volunteer time at $24.14 per hour as suggested by the nonprofit and corporate giving coalition group, Independent Sector).

Community Service Grants

We honor employees who have demonstrated a commitment to volunteerism. The Community Service Grants program provides a $400 donation to organizations in which an employee has volunteered a minimum of 40 hours in a year. This program continues to grow as our employees engage in the communities where they live and work.

44,663 Volunteer hours applied to Community Service Grants program.

311 Employees awarded Community Service Grants.

231 Unique organizations funded in the amount of $124,400.

Rise Against Hunger

As part of Hunger Action Month in September, we partnered with Rise Against Hunger through the Northrop Grumman Global Giving Campaign. The effort included 1,885 employees at 29 sites who packed 380,808 meals.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Northrop Grumman is a national corporate team partner with the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. We had 442 participants on 33 teams nationwide and raised $143,129. The top three teams were Beach Cities, California; Relay For Life of Calcasieu Lake Charles, Louisiana; and St. Augustine, Florida.


Excellence in Volunteerism

Our employees have worked to bring a smile to the faces of children fighting cancer, to prevent forest fires in California, to combat homelessness, to feed the hungry, to honor civil rights organizations and to improve the environment. The Excellence in Volunteerism Awards annually recognize employees dedicated to volunteerism at nonprofit organizations in their communities.

We honored 29 of our employees, dedicated to volunteerism at 10 nonprofit organizations and public schools, with an Excellence in Volunteerism Award.

Asset 1TOTAL$4,119,599CONTRIBUTED BYEMPLOYEES USOHoliday Giving$304,430$445,340Matching Gifts for Education $1,046,243$171,611$170,631Employees Charity Organization (ECHO)$1,981,344Disaster ReliefOther
3. Reputation

3 Reputation


Enhance Northrop Grumman as an employer and business of choice through key partnerships in our communities.


Confidence Code Conference

We sponsored this important program to help girls rediscover and maintain self-assurance in the company of influential women: mothers, aunts, teachers, neighbors and friends. The conference included a panel discussion highlighting "The Science of Confidence: How Women and Girls can Master the Tech Revolution.” Approximately 500 girls attended the conference.

Greenpower Car STEM program

Our continued support of this program at Discovery Middle School in Madison, Alabama, gave students a hands-on approach to the aerodynamics, engineering and technology involved in building electrical and mechanical systems in vehicles. Northrop Grumman engineers supported students who designed, tested and competed in local races against other middle school students.

Playground Clean Up

We sponsored this effort for United Cerebral Palsy, which creates safe, clean environments for children with disabilities. Volunteers from Northrop Grumman spent the day cleaning and sanitizing the United Cerebral Palsy playground facility in Huntsville, Alabama.

Oyster Restoration Program

Northrop Grumman volunteers led an effort to support habitat restoration in Florida. The team joined the community partner in a shoreline restoration project that used gabions, which are cages, cylinders or boxes typically filled with rocks, concrete or sand/soil for use in building projects. Employees cut, molded, clipped and filled 200-plus gabions with hundreds of pounds of recycled shells.

A middle school student tests a Greenpower car
A middle school student tests a Greenpower car.
Employees turn out to support our military veterans at a parade in Huntsville, Alabama
Employees turn out to support our military veterans at a parade in Huntsville, Alabama.
4. Strengthening Communities



Define and address needs in our communities that align with our business and focus areas: education, military and veterans, health and human services, and the environment.


We support troops, veterans and their families, specifically in the areas of wounded warriors, veteran homelessness, employment and military appreciation.

Warrior Week

One example of support for our troops, veterans and their families was the Warrior Week in Hampton Roads, Virginia. More than 500 wounded, ill and injured military service members and their families participated, along with their volunteer supporters.

Kids In Support of Soldiers

Employees, friends and family in Melbourne, Florida collected personal care items, coffee and nonperishable snacks to pack into 77 care packages for the nonprofit organization Kids In Support of Soldiers, which serves service men and women deployed overseas.


A team of employees volunteered at "Pack 4 Troops" and distributed care packages at the Dulles Airport United Services Organization (USO) airport lounge for travelling service members and their families.

Art of Healing

Employees in Falls Church, Virginia, supported a mural painting event to donate art to health facilities around the world as part of a campaign to make hospitals beautiful places for healing.

Aerospace Volunteer Day

Northrop Grumman and Scaled Composites employees participated in the annual Aerospace Volunteer Day at The Painted Turtle, a medical specialty camp. Employees spent the day preparing the camp for Fall 2017 sessions by painting cabins and cleaning horse stalls and the grounds.

Habitat for Humanity

Employees in Florida and California supported their local Habitat for Humanity. In Melbourne, Florida, 138 employees joined Habitat for Humanity on seven build days, totaling more than 3,500 hours. Employees from our Palmdale, California site participated in Habitat for Humanity’s “Veteran Enriched Neighborhood Groundbreaking” celebration of a 56-home veteran community in Antelope Valley.


Northrop Grumman contributes annually to the Red Cross and Americares to help ensure these organizations are prepared to respond to disasters at a moment's notice. In 2017, disasters from catastrophic hurricanes to tragic wildfires prompted the Northrop Grumman Foundation and Northrop Grumman employees to respond. The Northrop Grumman Foundation contributed $1 million directly to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma relief efforts. In addition, employees gave more than $270,000, which the Northrop Grumman Foundation matched. Northrop Grumman employees across 24 sites conducted hurricane relief drives, collecting nonperishable items and critical supplies to help replenish the Red Cross warehouses in Texas and Florida. Employees could also contribute through an online donation drive, supporting efforts on the ground in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

These disasters directly affected employees and their families. Concerned for their welfare, we quickly accounted for all employees following each disaster and activated the Emergency Contact Center, which provided financial assistance to more than 160 affected employees.

When roads were inaccessible due to post-storm flooding, Northrop Grumman Global Supply Chain coordinated company resources to deliver critical relief supplies to sites in Florida. Employees and their families had immediate access to clean drinking water, food and critical needs items. Supplies were also donated to local nonprofit partners in the communities affected across the state. Distribution of goods was supported by more than 300 volunteers.

Melbourne, Florida employees organize and distribute hurricane relief supplies
Melbourne, Florida employees organize and distribute hurricane relief supplies.

Strengthening Communities Around the World

Strengthening Communities Around the World