[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Comcast Foundation announced today that it awarded $675,000 in grants to 72 nonprofit organizations across Florida in 2014, including several in the Miami-Dade area. The grants support programs aimed at the Comcast Foundation’s areas of focus – expanding digital literacy, promoting community service, and buildingtomorrow’s leaders.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade are some of the many Miami-Dade organizations that are making a meaningful difference in the community and were supported by the Comcast Foundation in 2014. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ grant money was used to support youth leadership development, while grants to Boys & Girls Club funded digital literacy programs.
“Comcast has been a great community partner with us for many years,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. “The support from the Comcast Foundation last year has enabled us to expand our digital literacy training initiatives to ensure more area youth know how to safely and effectively use the Internet, which is essential in today’s increasingly digitally connected world.”
“Comcast is proud to award these grants to our partner organizations to improve the lives of our local neighbors,” said Jeanie Hernandez, Comcast Miami Director of Government Affairs & Community Investment. “The tireless work of these nonprofit organizations is incredibly important, and we thank them for helping to make South Florida a better place to call home.”
Additional organizations receiving Comcast Foundation grants in the Miami-Dade area include:
- ASPIRA of Florida
- Best Buddies International
- City Year Miami
- Here’s Help
- Honey Shine
- Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade
Including the support across Florida, The Comcast Foundation has donated more than $18 million in 2014 to nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves nationwide. In addition to the grants from the Comcast Foundation, Comcast also responds to community needs through local sponsorships and in-kind support, such as airing public service announcements, employee volunteerism, and providing technology equipment and services to organizations across the country.
For these and other community efforts, for the second consecutive year Comcast NBCUniversal was recognized as one of America’s most community-minded companies by The Civic 50, an annual initiative that identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. The company also ranked first among its communications industry peers. Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service, conducted the survey in partnership with Bloomberg LP. The Civic 50 was created in 2012 to measure corporate civic engagement and recognize companies that incorporate socially responsible practices and community leadership into their culture.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—promoting service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $158 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.