The UPS Foundation has announced grants and in-kind donations totaling more than $10 million to twenty-four organizations working to assist humanitarian relief and community safety efforts around the world.
Community safety grants were awarded to a variety of relief organizations, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to expand UPS Relief Link, a humanitarian supply chain solution for tracking food and critical relief supplies; UNICEF, for a program to strengthen immunization supply chains and build country-level tracking capabilities; the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, in support of efforts to enhance education and planning aimed at helping communities reduce risks and support for the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan; and the World Food Programme, to conduct logistics capacity assessments in at-risk countries and expand training for UN Humanitarian Response Depot.
In support of road-safety initiatives, the foundation awarded grants to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada, the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Citizenship Education Fund, the FIA Foundation, and HandsOn Shanghai. In addition, the foundation awarded grants to Good360, UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP for a range of technology-related supply chain initiatives aimed at improving back-end processes and tracking of their humanitarian relief efforts.
"Grants are critical in providing funding to address community safety, but at UPS, we go much farther than writing a check," said UPS Foundation president Eduardo Martinez. "Our expertise in logistics, supply chain management, and road safety allows us to get involved in a deeply personal way from global employee volunteerism initiatives to loaning out our logistics executives to partner with nonprofits around the world that are making an impact."