The Coca-Cola Foundation has announced grants totaling $17.9 million to eighty-three organizations around the world, including $4.8 million to twenty-nine nonprofits in Canada and the United States.
In the fourth-quarter, the foundation awarded a total of $3.7 million in support of fitness and nutrition programs; $3.6 million for water stewardship projects; $3.9 million in support of education programs; and $1.6 million for recycling initiatives. In addition, the foundation allocated nearly $5 million to support local priorities, including HIV/AIDS prevention, disaster relief, youth development, arts and culture programs, and civic initiatives. The grants bring the foundation's 2011 giving for community initiatives around the world to more than $70 million, including $24.2 million to 115 organizations in the U.S. and Canada.
"As a local company in more than two hundred countries, The Coca-Cola Company has a role to play in building sustainable communities," said Coca-Cola Foundation chair Ingrid Saunders Jones. "Our consumers increasingly expect us to be part of their community's solution, and through our support of these eighty-three programs, we are making a powerful difference to improve lives and help communities thrive."