The UPS Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $7.7 million in the areas of economic and educational empowerment, the empowerment of women and girls, and workplace inclusion.
Grants in support of workplace diversity and inclusion were awarded to thirty-nine organizations, including the Graca Machel Trust, a pan-African advocacy group focused on women's economic and financial empowerment, child health and nutrition, and education; Strive for College, which helps public school students apply to college and secure financial aid; and the Peace Corps, in support of Let Girls Learn, a five-year project aimed at eliminating barriers to education for girls in sixty countries.
Grant recipients in the area of economic empowerment include the Council for Economic Education, which will use its award to expand financial literacy education programs in New York City, and Opportunity International, which will use the funds to scale its financial and training services for low-income Colombian women. Recipients of educational empowerment grants include CHOICES Education Group, the NAACP, and the National Black Child Development Institute, while recipients of workplace inclusion grants include the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the National Organization on Disability.
In addition, the foundation awarded grants in support of anti-trafficking efforts to the Leadership Conference Education Fund, which is developing a toolkit to help individuals and organizations address human trafficking in the United States, and the United Way Worldwide Center for Human Trafficking and Slavery, in support of its community training curriculum.