By Special to the Daily World
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, Weslyan 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 (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, founded and based here in Atlanta.