The Coca-Cola Company has announced that during the first quarter of 2013, its foundation awarded $36 million in grants to organizations around the world working to strengthen communities, promote well-being, and protect the environment.
In each of its three funding areas — physical activity and well-being; water stewardship, recycling, and the environment; and community improvement, which includes youth development, access to education, economic empowerment, and HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention — the foundation awarded $12 million in grants. Recipients included Pronatura México ($600,000), the Beijing Normal University Education Foundation ($400,000), Communities in Schools of Georgia ($200,000), and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center ($100,000).
The foundation also awarded $557,000 to the Shenzhen One Foundation in China for its Clean Water Project; $100,000 to the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation to reduce achievement gaps and increase college completion rates; $50,000 to the Chicago Urban League for a workforce development program; and $30,000 to the Special Olympics in Poland (Olimpiady Specjalne Polska).
"Coca-Cola wants to be a positive force in communities around the world," said Coca-Cola Foundation chair Lisa M. Borders, who also serves as vice president of Global Community Connections at Coca-Cola. "Through these grants, we have an amazing opportunity to make a real difference for millions of people by supporting personal well-being programs, improving access to critical natural resources such as clean water, and supporting many other sustainable community programs."
For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the Coca-Cola Web site.