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An Update on the Verizon Foundation's Philanthropy

by Employee ‎02-27-2012 11:51 AM - edited ‎02-27-2012 02:05 PM

icpd_237x97.jpgAs today marks International Corporate Philanthropy Day, I thought an update on Verizon's philanthropic work was in order. Our focus at the Verizon Foundation is on using our technology to solve critical social issues in the areas of education, health care and energy management. Since 2000, the Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars in our communities, and our employees have donated more than 6.2 million volunteer hours to improve the communities where we work and live. In 2011 alone, the Foundation awarded $66 million in grants to nonprofits across the country and our employees volunteered more than 670,000 hours.

 

We also award employees who volunteer 50 hours a year with a qualifying nonprofit a $750 grant for that organization.

Below is a breakdown of where our grants went last year.

 

Verizon Foundation 2011 Philanthropic Investments
(in millions of dollars)
Education & Literacy $26
Volunteerism (Including Matching Gifts) $17
Civic & Community Support $9
Domestic Violence Prevention $10
Healthcare & Accessibility $3
Internet Safety $1
Total Philanthropic Investment $66 million

 

In the coming year, the Foundation will increasingly serve as a laboratory for social innovation -- supporting new approaches to community problems, breaking down barriers of cost and accessibility and helping to bring these solutions to underserved populations.

 

Our signature causes and strategic focus in 2012 will be the following:

 

Education: We help integrate technology solutions by creating digital classrooms focused on STEM content, smart devices and technology training.

 

Health Care: Introduce mobile and telehealth solutions into communities through our mHealth Platform and Remote Disease Management program while strategically addressing domestic violence related issues.

 

Sustainability: We help deliver smart energy management and sustainability practices to underserved communities.

 

This is an exciting time for us at Verizon. Look around and you will see how deeply communications technology is transforming society. We see expanding opportunities ahead for us to use our networks and our technology to make a difference in the world. And it's a fresh opportunity for us to deepen the connection between Verizon and our communities.

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by Yaki on ‎08-29-2012 12:29 AM

This post is in regard to Verizon's community support for the City of Hemet, California. I belong to a grassroots group, Rebuilding Hemet. We are residents of Hemet and have recently come together to take back our city from crime, blight and problems exacerbated by the recession. Many of your utility boxes throughout our city are being tagged by gangs. We have been removing the graffiti with elbow grease and various cleaners. This is a big job and we are paying for the cleaners ourselves. Is it possible for Verizon to assist us with paint or cleaning supply? Is removing graffit from your utility boxes a service you already provide? If so, how may I contact the proper department.

 

If I am posting on the incorrect blog, I would appreciate your assistance in heading me in the right direction. Thank you.

 

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