AT&T Supports Nonprofit Organizations in Midlands; Builds Stronger Communities Through $9 Million in National Grant Program
COLUMBIA, S.C., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The AT&T Foundation — the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc. — has announced that it has awarded more than $75,000 to support five Midlands nonprofit organizations and communities through the AT&T Excelerator competitive technology grant program.
Since 2002, the AT&T Excelerator program has provided more than 2,500 technology grants — totaling more than $47.8 million — to organizations across the country. In 2007, more than 680 regional and local nonprofit organizations have benefited nationwide from nearly $9 million through the competitive program. This year, the AT&T Foundation expanded the Excelerator grant program for the first time to include AT&T Southeast’s nine-state service area.
Following are organizations receiving 2007 Excelerator grants in the Midlands:
-- Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity Inc. -- $10,000 "We are excited to receive this grant from the AT&T Foundation. It gives us an opportunity to implement an automated technology system that will greatly streamline our daily operations and allow additional time and emphasis on our operational functions and our clients." -- Roy D. Kramer, executive director -- American Red Cross of Central South Carolina -- $25,000 "I would like to thank AT&T for its exceptional commitment to the American Red Cross. Through its generosity of volunteers, blood donations and financial support, the American Red Cross is able to meet its mission of saving lives and enhancing the quality of life in our community through the use of wireless and VoIP technologies." -- Scott R. Salemme, chief executive officer -- Sisters of Charities Ministry Development Corp. -- Healthy Learners Program -- $16,000 "Healthy Learners is absolutely thrilled to have been selected as a recipient of the AT&T Excelerator grant award. The award will allow the staff of Healthy Learners to be more efficient as we seek to provide access to quality health care for uninsured and underinsured children in South Carolina. In today's world, if your technology is outdated, you are at a disadvantage when you attempt to communicate with others. This grant will allow us to increase our productivity and communicate more efficiently with our children, health care providers and community partners." -- Jo Pauling-Jones, executive director -- Fast Forward (Nonprofit Community Technology Center) -- $18,000 "More and more of the senior citizens, veterans and children in our programs are in need of special tools in our lab to enable them to have access to technology. The AT&T grant will help Fast Forward upgrade hardware and software as well as expand services to the disabled." -- Dee Albritton, executive director -- Claflin University, Orangeburg -- $6,200 "Claflin University recognizes that having access to the latest advances in communications technologies and the knowledge to use it is key to achieving success in today's digital world. I am excited about the benefits that this grant will bring to our campus." -- Claflin University President Dr. Henry Tisdale
“In today’s fast-paced world, technology is a vital component to the success of nonprofit organizations that do not always have the funds to properly use cost-saving technologies,” said Columbia Mayor Bob Coble. “The use of technology at organizations such as the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Fast Forward and Healthy Learners demonstrates the increased need to properly fund and equip such efforts.”
“More and more nonprofits need to fully use technology to be cost-effective,” said Mac Bennett, president and CEO of the United Way of the Midlands. “AT&T’s support of these local organizations represents its continuing commitment to the Midlands as well as its determination to assist local nonprofits develop the infrastructure for information technologies to ensure their ability to compete and succeed in a changing world.”
The AT&T Excelerator program provides technology access to organizations working to strengthen underserved communities. Helping nonprofits integrate technology into their operations and community outreach, AT&T Excelerator grants also place technology tools in the hands of the underserved populations that the nonprofits work with in order to provide resources such as education programs, Internet access, computer training and job-skills development.
“For the past six years, the AT&T Excelerator program has demonstrated the importance of how technology can benefit communities and organizations,” said Pamela Lackey, president, AT&T South Carolina. “The 2007 Excelerator grant recipients and other organizations in Midlands will continue to use technology funded by this program to empower the community and change the lives of the people whom they serve on a day-to-day basis.”
2007 AT&T Excelerator grants will help nonprofit organizations across the Midlands and the U.S. improve their operations and build stronger communities through:
-- Internet Access -- networked, high speed access to the Internet and e-mail. -- Data Networking -- network connectivity that enables easy sharing of database applications and information systems. -- Online Outreach -- interactive, Web-based applications that support activities such as service delivery, volunteer recruiting and e-fundraising. -- Staff Technology Capacity -- technology-training programs for nonprofit staff members. -- Pooled Technology Resources -- programs that work to address the technology needs of multiple nonprofits.
In 2006, AT&T Inc. and the AT&T Foundation contributed more than $101 million to nonprofit organizations across the country. With its strong giving record, the AT&T Foundation ranks among the most generous corporate foundations in the United States.
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