In 2001, the Arturo Fuente and J.C. Newman cigar families created the 501(c)(3) Cigar Family Charitable Foundation to help the impoverished communities surrounding the Fuente's Chateau de la Fuente cigar tobacco fields. To date, it has built schools, medical clinics, recreations facilities, and clean water filtration stations.
In 2004, Altadis founded the World of Montecristo Relief Organization, another 501(c)(3) charity that raises funds to help provide aid to the cigar-related regions in the Caribbean damaged by hurricanes.
As Cigar Aficionado reported, a number of other cigar makers have made charitable contributions an important part of the cigar industry. Since the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua and Cuba, the four places where the vast majority of premium cigars are made, are frequently ravaged by storms, many cigar makers work to help those affected by storms in their areas.