BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) partnered with BDPA Greater Birmingham chapter to submit a grant proposal to the Vulcan Materials Company Foundation seeking $5,000 funding to support the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program in Alabama.
Vulcan Materials Company Foundation seeks to “be a good corporate citizen in each community in which we operate. We will support and take an active part in public and charitable projects.” Vulcan established the Vulcan Materials Company Foundation in 1988 to assist in carrying out that mission. Because contributions made by the Foundation are corporate-based business dollars, it is essential that they be made in a planned and consistent manner that best serves the combined interests of Vulcan and the communities in which they operate.
BETF and BDPA Greater Birmingham understood that Vulcan was interested in efforts to encourage young people to develop an interest in math, science and business. The Foundation, therefore, gives consideration to proposals designed to help maintain students’ curiosity and excitement about the world of math and science and to explore the world of industry and business. The Foundation is particularly interested in helping young people and their teachers understand the relevance of math and science to society, and supports efforts to link these subjects to their application in the workplace. The Foundation also will consider programs designed to educate our students about the vital role of business and industry in society.
In any case, we learned that our grant proposal has been declined. The Vulcan Foundation wrote,
Thank you for your recent proposal to support the BDPA Greater Birmingham Chapter’s SITES program. Unfortunately, the Vulcan Materials Company Foundation budget has been established for 2014. In addition, Vulcan supports STEM education in our operating areas locally and across the country through our adopted schools and programs. While we understand the importance of your work in our community, we must decline participation at this time. We will you success in securing the funds you seek for your program.
We wish you success in securing the funds you seek for your program.
Carol B. Maxwell
Vulcan Materials Company Foundation
BDPA Greater Birmingham chapter president LaDonna Crum is aggressively working with BETF on other funding opportunities. However, we encourage the readers of this post to consider making a secure online donation to support the efforts of Birmingham Blacks in technology as they seek to lift up our young people from the classroom to the boardroom.