TREVOSE, Pa., Feb. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Comcast Foundation awarded more than $1.1 million in grants to 43 nonprofit organizations located in Comcast's Freedom Region, which serves Greater Philadelphia, New Jersey and northern Delaware, in 2015. The grants support programs aimed at the Comcast Foundation's areas of focus – expanding digital literacy, promoting community service, and building tomorrow's leaders.
Boys & Girls Clubs and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) chapters in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware; CONCILIO and Philadelphia OIC are among the many local organizations that are making a meaningful difference in the community and were supported by the Comcast Foundation this year.
"Comcast is proud to award these grants to our partner organizations to connect and strengthen the communities we serve," said Jim Samaha, Senior Vice President of Comcast's Freedom Region. "Thanks to the tireless and invaluable work of these nonprofit organizations, our Region is a better place to call home."
"Today, the new frontier for skills, jobs and entrepreneurship is the information superhighway, but many in our city are not adequately prepared to take the first steps on this road, much less drive to success," said Dr. Kevin R. Johnson, President & CEO, Philadelphia OIC. "With a valued and trusted partner like Comcast, Philadelphia OIC is equipping thousands of Philadelphians annually to bridge the digital divide and drive their own career success."
Organizations receiving Comcast Foundation grants across the region include:
- Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
- Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha
- ASPIRA of Pennsylvania
- BBBS Burlington, Gloucester and Camden
- BBBS of Bucks County
- BBBS of Cumberland and Salem Counties
- BBBS of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties
- BBBS of Mercer County
- BBBS of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties
- Boys & Girls Club of Camden County
- Boys & Girls Club of Gloucester County
- Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County
- Boys & Girls Club of Trenton & Mercer County
- Boys & Girls Club of Union County
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia
- Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City
- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
- Committee of Seventy
- Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations
- Esperanza USA
- Exodus to Excellence
- Girls, Inc.
- Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Heart of Variety Fund
- Latin American Community Center
- Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
- Neighborhood Bike Works
- Norris Square Community Alliance
- Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center
- Philadelphia Outward Bound Center
- Project HOME
- Peoples Emergency Center
- Rodney Street Tennis and Tutoring
- Sultan Jihad Ahmad Community Foundation
- Taller Puertorriqueno
- Veterans Multi-Service Center
- Urban League of Philadelphia
Including the support in Comcast's Freedom Region, the Comcast Foundation donated more than $18 million in 2015 to nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves nationwide. In addition to the grants from the Comcast Foundation, Comcast also responds to community needs through local sponsorships and in-kind support, such as airing public service announcements, employee volunteerism, and providing technology equipment and services to organizations across the country.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—expanding digital literacy, promoting service, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $170 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.
SOURCE Comcast Foundation