NEW YORK, March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), today announced the nonprofit organizations selected to receive grants in the first quarter of 2017 through Voya Foundation, the company's charitable giving arm. Voya Foundation invests in programming to help foster healthy, sustainable communities and supports local and national nonprofits with missions that advance children's education and financial resilience.
Below is a summary of the first-quarter 2017 grant recipients:
Connecticut Science Center – Hartford, CT
Voya's grant to the Connecticut Science Center will support the "Celebrating Women in Science" program, an educational series and rotation of exhibits highlighting women's historical contributions to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Voya's Paul Lisella sits on the organization's board.
Arizona Science Center (AZSC) – Phoenix, AZ
Voya Foundation's investment will be used to fund the AZSC Science on Wheels initiative, an in-class outreach program for preK-8 students. Voya Investment Management's Kevin Gleason sits on AZSC's board.
Chester County Futures – Exton, PA
Chester County Futures (CCF) provides comprehensive academic support, mentoring and scholarships for motivated economically disadvantaged youth to succeed in school, higher education and life. Voya Foundation and CCF are partnering to incorporate a financial literacy component into CCF's college access programming.
YMCA of Greater Hartford – Hartford, CT
Voya Foundation's funding supports the YMCA's Y-BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) Power Scholars Academy, geared towards mitigating the "summer slide" – the setback in education that occurs when students are not in school during the summer months.
Captain Planet Foundation – Atlanta, GA
Voya Foundation's extensive partnership with Captain Planet Foundation advances the development and deployment of student-driven technology programs at schools and nonprofits across the country. Voya's Paul Howell sits on the Captain Planet board.
Georgia Institute of Technology – Atlanta, GA
The Georgia Intern Fellowship for Teachers (GIFT) at Georgia Institute of Technology provides Georgia K-12 STEM teachers with hands-on summer internship experiences in university laboratories and businesses.
Working in Support of Education – New York, NY
Working In Support of Education (w!se) is an educational 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to improving lives by developing financial literacy and readiness for college and the workplace. Voya's grant to w!se will continue to provide the organization's award-winning curriculum to 800 New York City students each semester.
Voya Foundation accepts grants that align with its new focus on financial resilience, which is defined as an individual's ability to make educated financial decisions, take advantage of growth and development opportunities as they appear, as well as weather difficult times. The Foundation also provides funding to a select group of partners to promote employee engagement and disaster relief, and academic scholarships to students in higher education through the company's signature Voya Scholars program.
About Voya Foundation
Voya Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in communities where Voya Financial® operates and its employees and customers live. Voya Foundation provides grants and establishes signature partnerships in the areas of financial literacy and children's education and fosters employee engagement to deepen our positive impact on the community. For more information, visit www.voyafoundation.com.
About Voya Financial®
Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings — to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 13.6 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya is a Fortune 500 company that had $11 billion in revenue in 2016. The company had $484 billion in total assets under management and administration as of Dec. 31, 2016. With a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time — Voya's vision is to be America's Retirement Company®. Certified as a "Great Place to Work" by the Great Place to Work® Institute, Voya is equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible and has been recognized as one of the 2017 World's Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute, as well as one of the Top Green Companies in the U.S., by Newsweek magazine. For more information, visit voya.com. Follow Voya Financial on Facebook and Twitter @Voya.
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