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Published February 2, 2012 06:04 AM

UPS Foundation Donates $6M To Champion Diversity

It's good news for the human environment.

UPS announced more than 100 grants totaling more than $6 million to non-profit organizations around the world that champion diversity and support diverse communities.

For more than 60 years, UPS's philanthropic arm has funded organizations that support under-served and under-represented members of society. This year's grants will support a wide range of programs, including those for wounded veterans, the hearing and visually-impaired, women and girls and culturally distinct populations.



The grants being awarded include (in part):

More than $800,000 to the National Urban League to support Entrepreneurship Centers in several cities and other programs.

$750,000 to the National Council of La Raza toward the continued implementation of a regional strategy that focuses on capacity building for Hispanic community organizations.

$655,000 to the NAACP for educational programs and other events.

More than $450,000 in grants to organizations that support people with disabilities, primarily for programs around economic empowerment and transition into the workforce. Grant recipients include the National Organization on Disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America and National Federation of the Blind.

More than $450,000 to organizations that provide youth leadership and mentorship opportunities, including the 100 Black Men of America, Girls Inc., National Hispana Leadership Institute and the Japanese American Citizens League.

The UPS Foundation is responsible for facilitating UPS community involvement to local, national and global communities. It has led UPS's corporate citizenship efforts for more than 60 years. In 2010, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $95 million in charitable giving around the world.

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