The UPS Foundation has announced grants and in-kind donations totaling more than $14 million to thirty organizations working to assist humanitarian relief and road-safety efforts around the world.
The foundation awarded grants to a range of relief organizations, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which will use the funds to expand UPS Relief Link, a humanitarian supply chain solution for tracking food and critical relief supplies; UNICEF, which will use its grant to fund the rollout of a dashboard system aimed at helping ministries of health monitor and manage vaccine inventories; the American National Red Cross; CARE USA, which will use its grant to provide emergency funding and capacity-building workshops for CARE logisticians in high-risk countries; and Operation Hope, which will use the funds to help disaster survivors with financial recovery solutions. The foundation also awarded grants to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez, and the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation in support of road-safety initiatives.
In addition, the foundation is expanding its logistical support and technical assistance by making up to five UPS executives with experience with on-the-ground logistics available for long-term assignments with NGOs.
"Initiatives that aid refugees and advance community safety have never been more critical," said UPS Foundation president Eduardo Martinez. "We always look for ways to apply our logistics expertise to help solve problems, save lives, and build community resilience around the world. These are vital areas where we can work with our NGO and nonprofit partners to make a real difference."