Atlanta, June 20, 2012 – UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced the donation of $6.9 million in funding to 44 non-profit organizations around the world that share the mission of championing and cultivating diversity.
This year’s financial contributions will support a wide range of programs and initiatives for the development of women and young girls in emerging nations, the hearing and visually-impaired, disabled veterans and other populations as defined by race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
The UPS Foundation, which leads the organization’s corporate citizenship efforts, for more than 60 years has leveraged financial resources and the passion and skills of its people to support non-profits focused on providing opportunities for education, economic empowerment, mentorship and inclusion to underserved and under-represented segments of our communities.
“At the heart of UPS’s success is service and service depends on our people,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “UPS is a global company with almost 400,000 employees serving communities around the world, so we rely on people with a varied mix of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. By supporting the critical work of these non-profits in the diversity sector, The UPS Foundation is helping to create a sustainable platform for community resiliency.”
The Foundation’s grants include but are not limited to donations supporting the following organizations and initiatives:
- More than $2.7 million dedicated to expanding and enhancing diversity in the workforce to Catalyst for Women, National Urban League, NAACP, National Council of La Raza and the Human Rights Campaign.
- $900,000 in academic scholarship support via American Indian College Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Organization of Chinese Americans, United Negro College Fund and individual universities.
- $600,000 toward financial education or in the form of microloans through programs delivered by ACCION International, Aspira of America, CHOICES Education Group, Operation Hope and Opportunity International.
- More than $650,000 focused on mentorship and leadership development and training to organizations such as 100 Black Men of America, African Leadership Foundation, Girls Incorporated, Japanese American Citizens League, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Hispana Leadership Institute, National Center for Disability Services and Nick Lowery Youth Foundation.
- More than $350,000 in grants to organizations that support people with disabilities, primarily for programs around economic empowerment and transition into the workforce. Grant recipients include the National Organization on Disability, National Center for Disability Services, Paralyzed Veterans of America and National Federation of the Blind.
Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. The UPS Foundation, founded in 1951, is responsible for facilitating community involvement in local, national and global communities. In 2011, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $93.5 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation.