Monday, December 27, 2010

Coca-Cola Foundation Awards $4 Million in 4th Quarter to Support Active Lifestyles, Education and Environmental Programs

The Coca-Cola Foundation Awards Over $19 Million to Communities Across the U.S. and Canada in 2010 -- Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation and NAACP Among 4th Quarter Grantees

ATLANTA – The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, has awarded grants totaling $4 million to 38 organizations across the U.S. and Canada in the fourth quarter of 2010. In line with the Foundation’s commitment to building sustainable communities throughout the U.S. and Canada, this grant funding will help support local initiatives in 11 states, including the District of Columbia and one Canadian province. The grants focus on water conservation, community recycling, active healthy living and education. In 2010, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded and paid over $19 million to community programs in the U.S. and Canada.

“At the Foundation, our goal is to make a positive impact by promoting and creating sustainable communities around the world,” said Ingrid Saunders Jones, senior vice president, Global Community Connections (pictured), The Coca-Cola Company and chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation. “The funding provided to these 38 organizations will support community programs that align to our giving priorities across the U.S. and Canada.”

Of the 38 organizations allocated funds, $1 million was put towards promoting and sustaining active healthy living initiatives; $2.2 million was given to support education programs; $400,000 towards promoting water conservation projects; $300,000 was distributed to aid community recycling efforts; and $50,000 was awarded to support local community programs.

Among the organizations receiving funding include:

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc., New York, NY, $50,000

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Baltimore, MD, $100,000 -- Funding will support five local NAACP chapters by funding Project HELP (Healthy, Eating, Lifestyle Change and Physical Activity), a comprehensive education and community awareness program designed to address healthy eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyle changes.

Soccer in the Streets, Atlanta, GA, $75,000

Atlanta Urban League, Atlanta, GA, $50,000

Fayetteville State University Foundation, Fayetteville, NC, $25,000

Jackie Robinson Foundation, Inc., New York, NY, $100,000

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), New York, NY, $35,000

National Urban Fellows, New York, NY, $40,000

Ron Clark Foundation, Atlanta, GA, $250,000

Southern University at New Orleans Foundation, New Orleans, LA, $25,000

About The Coca-Cola Foundation
Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has donated more than $355 million to community projects and initiatives across the globe. To learn more about The Coca-Cola Foundation and its community request guidelines, please visit HERE.

Source: Press release/Coca Cola Foundation

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