UPS Foundation Awards $7.6 Million for Diversity, Veterans Programs

The UPS Foundation has announced grants totaling $7.6 million to forty-one nonprofit organizations working to create opportunities for underserved and -represented members of society.

Among other things, the funding will support opportunities for disabled veterans, the hearing and visually impaired, and women and girls. Grant awards include more than $1 million over three years to Paralyzed Veterans of America to expand its Paving Access to Veterans Employment (PAVE) initiative; $1.1 million to the National Urban League in support of its Entrepreneurship Center program; and more than $215,000 to organizations working to assist people with disabilities, including the National Organization on Disability, the National Federation of the Blind, and the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing.

The foundation also awarded grants totaling more than $915,000 to four organizations — 100 Black Men of America, Girls Incorporated, the National Hispana Leadership Institute, and the Japanese American Citizens League — working to provide leadership and mentorship opportunities to youth; a grant of $1 million to the National Council of La Raza in support of its Escalera college and career readiness program; and a total of $805,000 to the United Negro College Fund, the American Indian College Fund, Brigham Young University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Clark Atlanta University in support of scholarships, event sponsorships, and awards.

"From higher education and economic empowerment to leadership and inclusion, the UPS Foundation continuously seeks opportunities to champion diversity by aligning our corporate giving with organizations that make a difference in global communities," said UPS Foundation president Eduardo Martinez.