The Council for Aid to Education (CAE), which works to advance corporate support of education, has announced that AT&T, the Boeing Company, Citigroup, and the GE Fund are the recipients of its 2000 Leaders for Change Awards. The companies were honored for promoting the most comprehensive and effective corporate education improvement programs nationwide.
"Corporate America is now providing more financial support to public and private education than it ever has before in the history of this country," said CAE president Roger Benjamin. "And, in response to rising costs and relatively decreasing government support of education, business is going to have to continue this trend to ensure a qualified workforce in the future."
The Leaders for Change award program is now in its seventh year. To be eligible, the corporate-sponsored programs must seek to improve education, reflect multi-year efforts, and provide funding of at least $500,000. The projects generally reflect a long-term commitment to systemic reform, are evaluation-based, and demonstrate improvements in student achievement.
The Council for Aid to Education, a part of RAND since 1996, was established in 1952 and assists corporations by helping to improve their education giving and create unique, signature education grantmaking programs. It also provides analytical services to educational institutions, makes policy recommendations based on RAND research, and is a leading source of data on private giving to education through its annual Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) report.