Coca-Cola Foundation Awards $27M

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    The Coca-Cola Foundation recently awarded $27 million in community grants to help local communities worldwide, including $6 million in the United States and $3 million to Georgia nonprofits.

    The $3 million to groups in Georgia go to organizations for active healthy living, education, civic and youth development initiatives.

    Some of the local organizations receiving grants include: The Children’s Museum of Atlanta; YMCA of Metro Atlanta, University of Georgia,  Morehouse College, Wesleyan School, Atlanta Historical Society, National Black Arts Festival, and the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center.

    Also, $550,000 was designated to assist with disaster relief efforts in five tornado affected areas, including Georgia, Alabama and Missouri.

    “At The Coca-Cola Company, we are committed to supporting global programs that improve lives and sustain communities,” said Ingrid Saunders Jones, senior vice president of Global Community Connections for The Coca-Cola Company and chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation. “Our goal is to make a positive difference around the world, and we are making a difference through programs that create access to clean water, recycling, fitness and nutrition, and education.”

    Of the $27 million allocated by the Foundation, approximately $22 million supports the company’s global philanthropic priorities, including: $12 million for water stewardship projects; $1.2 million for fitness and nutrition programs; $1.6 million for community recycling programs; and $6.8 million for educational initiatives.

    Approximately, $5.2 million supports additional local priorities, such as youth development, HIV/AIDS in Africa, and other civic priorities.

    The Coca-Cola Foundation has contributed more than $418 million in support of sustainable community initiatives worldwide.

    For more information about philanthropic priorities of The Coca-Cola Foundation, including disaster relief efforts, go to http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/foundation_coke.html. ; For more information on the $6 million in grants awarded to U.S.-based organizations, go to http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com.

    The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, founded and based here in Atlanta.

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