SEATTLE, Sept. 24, 2013 – Global Visionaries received a $10,000 grant from the UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used toward the enhancement of their IT Project to replace old computers, printers, phones system and servers.
Global Visionaries, founded in 1992, is a youth-led organization based in Seattle, Washington and Antigua, Guatemala that provides leadership development and cultural immersion programs for over 3,400 youth to date. Through social entrepreneurship in the local and global communities, young participants across demographic lines are empowered to become socially and environmentally conscious global leaders.
The grant is made upon the recommendation of Don Tefft, Northwest District Human Resources Manager at The UPS Foundation. It will allow Global Visionaries to implement a necessary IT infrastructure to accomplish its goal of serving 20% of Seattle’s public high school youth (2,543 individuals) by 2020 through peer-to-peer education.
“A functional IT infrastructure and updated technology is critical for GV to accomplish its organizational strategic goal of becoming a model youth-run organization, where young people co-direct the organization and its programs,” said Chris Fontana, Executive Director of Global Visionaries. “We are so grateful to UPS for their support.”
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: nonprofit effectiveness, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.
In 2011, The UPS Foundation distributed more than $45.3 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations such as the United Way, The Nature Conservancy, as well as multiple scholarship programs, providing support for building stronger communities.
“The UPS Foundation is honored to support the Global Visionaries’ efforts to empowering young people to become global leaders in creating a just and sustainable future,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”