Atlanta, Nov. 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The UPS Foundation announced that it will award more than $2.4 million to nine nonprofit organizations focused on volunteer efforts. This includes $1.2 million awarded to the Points of Light Foundation to support its disaster relief initiatives, its Veterans Leadership Program and its Direct-to-People Digital Strategy which will extend the organization's reach to engage and recruit more volunteers around the world. Additional initiatives that the volunteerism grants will support include leadership training programs, youth development and education, financial literacy and pro-bono counsel.
"One of UPS's primary values is giving back to the communities in which we do business," said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. "As volunteers are at the heart of building community resiliency, UPS believes it would be virtually impossible for non-profits and NGOs to operate without them. By supporting the efforts of our partner organizations that focus on increasing volunteerism, UPS has been able to create lasting and impactful efforts for organizations committed to leadership, youth development, financial literacy and disaster relief. As a way to reinforce our commitment, UPS has set a goal of completing 20 million hours of global volunteerism and community service by the end of the year 2020."
Since 2011, UPS employees and their families have completed more than 5 million volunteer service hours to support disaster relief, youth leadership development and educational programming, among a wide range of initiatives. Following UPS's 12th annual Global Volunteer Month in October, more than 2,400 employees volunteered 315,000 hours around the world where UPS serves its local community, demonstrating the company's commitment to reaching its 2020 goal.
In total, nine organizations will receive The UPS Foundation's 2014 volunteerism grants, including:
· BoardSource toward programs that strengthen and support nonprofit board leadership capacity and impact the overall sustainability and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector.
· International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) toward the continued development support of the IAVE Global Network, national and local NGO capacity assessments, staffing capacity and National Volunteer Centers, GCVC Disaster Research Working Group and the continued development of global youth platform and volunteer centers.
· Junior Achievement Worldwidetoward the "Be Entrepreneurial" program, an initiative that teaches high school students entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness.
· National Youth Leadership Council toward initiatives that develop young leaders (K-12) and to expand current partnerships with schools in Georgia, Minnesota and Illinois from a current total of 11 schools to 27 schools
· Peace Corps toward funding four distinct initiatives, including the Gender and Development Fund (forming women's cooperatives and youth leadership camps), the Business Development Fund (micro-finance and agribusiness projects), Environment Fund (awareness activities and projects for greener infrastructure) and the Global Fund (building classrooms, providing agricultural assistance and working with youth education projects).
· Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta to support its nonprofit legal check-up program, which pairs nonprofits with trained attorneys who conduct in-kind legal audits.
· Tapfound Inc. to provide skills-based volunteerism to local organizations with needs in marketing, design, human resources, technology and strategic planning across the U.S. (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.).
· Toolbank USA to support of the Tool Bank Disaster Response Mobile Unit which allocates grant dollars to the launch of the organization's disaster services and the expansion of the national ToolBank network.
For more information about UPS's corporate giving, please visit www.UPS.com/Foundation.
About The UPS Foundation
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads UPS's global citizenship programs which facilitate community involvement in local, national, and global communities. In 2013, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $102 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
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