In 2012, we awarded a $250,000 Comcast Assistive Technology Grant to support Easter Seals programs that address the long-term technology needs of people with disabilities and special needs. Funding was distributed to seven local Easter Seals organizations to support a mobility development lab, an online learning community, school readiness programs, and several other initiatives for people with disabilities. We also aired a PSA in support of Make the First Five Count, an Easter Seals initiative highlighting the importance of the first five years of a child’s life. The PSA — which encourages parents to visit makethefirstfivecount.org and take a free online screening that helps assess their child’s developmental milestones — helped increase screenings by nearly 10% from October through December 2012. We welcomed Easter Seals as a national philanthropic partner in January 2013.
DIVERSITY IN JOURNALISM
We look for opportunities to support organizations that address issues of diversity within the media industry. In 2012, Comcast and NBCUniversal provided major sponsorships for the annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists as well as the UNITY convention. Held every four years, UNITY brings together the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association, National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, Native American Journalists Association, and the South Asian Journalists Association.
Along with providing financial support to these organizations, NBCUniversal also reviewed resumes and talent reels, and informally advised more than 700 candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds.
EMMA L. BOWEN FOUNDATION FOR MINORITY INTERESTS IN MEDIA
The Emma L. Bowen Foundation was created in 1989 to prepare minority youth for careers in the media industry. In 2012, Comcast and NBCUniversal hosted more than 130 interns through our partnership with the foundation’s multiyear work/study program. The program helps minority high school and college students pursue their interests in media and communications. As of December 2012, nearly 40 former Emma Bowen interns were full-time employees of Comcast or NBCUniversal. Our 2012 support included running a PSA to help promote the foundation’s mission of preparing minority youth for careers in the media industry, at a value of more than $1 million.
DENVER INDIAN CENTER
Our broad-based support of Native American organizations over the past year included funding programs that help local communities. For example, the Comcast Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to the Denver Indian Center, which helps empower youth and families from a variety of tribal communities through self-determination, cultural identity, and education. We also aired a PSA throughout the state of Colorado to build awareness of the center and its cause.
ADDITIONAL NATIONAL PARTNERS
American Indian College Fund
Asian American Justice Center
Japanese American Citizens League
League of United Latin American Citizens
National Council of La Raza
National Urban Indian Family Coalition
National Urban League
OCA — Asian Pacific American Advocates
See a full list of organizations that have received funding through our foundations.