The New Jersey-based Verizon Foundation has announced a commitment of $10 million in support of seven organizations working to advance equality and social justice.
Grant recipients include the Rainbow Push Coalition, a progressive, multi-racial, multi-issue membership organization fighting for social change; the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than two hundred human rights organizations around the United States; the National Urban League, which is dedicated to economic empowerment, equality, and social justice; the National Action Network, which works to promote a modern civil rights agenda across the U.S.; the NAACP, which works to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of people of color and eliminate race-based discrimination; the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, which is dedicated to increasing civic engagement and voter participation in underserved and African-American communities; and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a legal organization fighting for racial justice.
"The events unfolding across the country that are rooted in hate are contradictory with our beliefs as a company and leave me with a feeling of regret and sadness," said Verizon chair and CEO Hans Vestberg. "Verizon is fiercely committed to diversity and inclusion across all spectrums because it makes us and the world better. I am hopeful that the rest of the country will come to understand that valuing everyone equally is the best way forward. We cannot commit to a brand purpose of moving the world forward unless we are committed to helping ensure we move it forward for everyone. We stand united as one Verizon."
(Photo credit: NAACP)