In November, the NBCUniversal Foundation announced it was awarding $1.2 million in grants to 30 local non-profit organizations nationwide, helping them implement innovative community programs as part of a newly launched initiative called 21st Century Solutions.
In partnership with the NBC owned television stations, this new program was designed to support high-impact, progressive programs in the categories of Arts and Media, Civic Engagement, Community Development, Education, Environment, Jobs and Economic Empowerment, and Technology and Innovation.
"There are so many non-profit organizations moving our communities forward through innovative thinking and progressive approaches," said Beth Colleton, Senior Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility at NBCUniversal. "That’s why we focused our philanthropic efforts on social innovation. I am so pleased with the results of our investments, which will impact so many across the country."
Launched in June, the 21st Century Solutions program aims to help communities identify opportunities for positive change and support non-profits that are putting new ideas into action. Inaugural year awardees include a storytelling program designed for students to address societal issues, a microsavings initiative aimed to help low-income working families develop a life-long savings habit and an employment program designed to expand opportunities for young people with disabilities by building the capacity of local employers.
The competitive grant program accepted applications throughout the summer in the 10 markets served by NBC owned stations: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, D.C., South Florida, San Diego and Connecticut. Each of the stations promoted the grant program locally and created a panel to review and select the final grant recipients. One winning organization and two runners-up were awarded grants in each market.
"Local television stations have a unique opportunity to connect with the communities they serve to identify some of the most pressing social challenges that local residents face," said Valari Staab, President of NBC Owned Television Stations. "Our local stations are thrilled to support innovative programs that are generating positive change and making a difference."
The 30 NBCUniversal Foundation grant recipients include:
The Boys’ Club of New York
Computers for Youth Foundation
CASA of Los Angeles
I Have a Dream Foundation — Los Angeles
Community Partnership School
First Person Arts
Junior Achievement of Dallas
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Rehabilitation, Education, and Advocacy
for Citizens with Handicaps (REACH)
Opportunity Fund Northern California
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence
DC Central Kitchen
Arlington Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless
Prince Georges Community College Foundation
Dade County Dental Research Clinic
Achievement and Rehabilitation Centers
Chicano Federation of San Diego County
Vista Community Clinic
University of Connecticut Foundation
Charter Oak Cultural Center
Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program