Wednesday, June 16, 2010

AT&T Foundation

Does your chapter have AT&T employees as members? AT&T is accepting 'volunteer grants' if any chapter has AT&T employees in their membership. BDPA Chicago and BDPA Los Angeles chapters are both taking advantage of employee-giving programs within AT&T.

For more than 60 years, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have committed $1.8 billion to philanthropic programs supporting education, community development, the arts, health and human services, and technology access in communities across the country. With its strong giving record, the foundation was ranked by Forbes magazine as being among the most generous corporate foundations.

With the creation of the new AT&T, the predecessor charitable organizations of the former BellSouth and Cingular are being combined. The new company will maintain historical commitments of charitable contributions and community activities. One example includes continued support for the 20/20 Vision for Education, designed to integrate technology into education in order to improve learning throughout the Southeast - particularly among low-income and minority students - to address the growing achievement gap and increase graduation rates.

The AT&T Foundation provides grants to organizations and programs that address quality-of-life issues, with an emphasis on improving education, advancing community development, addressing vital community needs and enhancing unique cultural assets. Implicit within the foundation focus are efforts that advance opportunities for diverse populations.

The AT&T Foundation funds programs designed to:
  • Enhance education by integrating new technologies and increasing learning opportunities.
  • Improve economic development through technology and local initiatives.
  • Provide vital assistance to key community-based organizations.
  • Support cultural institutions that make a community unique.
  • Advance the goals and meet the needs of diverse populations.
BETF operates on a first-come; first-served basis ... so don't procrastinate.

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