The Akamai Foundation is dedicated to encouraging the next generation of technology innovators by supporting STEM education, with a focus on the pursuit of excellence in mathematics in grades K-12. Grants focus on equal access to quality STEM education with supporting programs designed to attract more diversity to the technology industry.
"The global pandemic has shined a light on the education chasm created by a lack of digital access," said Kara DiGiacomo, executive director, the Akamai Foundation. "This year, we instituted a new requirement to our grant partners, asking them to commit to addressing digital equity and removing inclusion barriers to STEM programming. As a global citizen, we are working with our employees around the world to build resilient and compassionate communities that inspire the next generation of innovators and attract more diversity to the technology industry."
In addition to core giving in STEM education, the Akamai Foundation provides disaster resilience, relief and humanitarian aid globally; and enables volunteerism by connecting employees to the communities in which Akamai operates. This was never more apparent than during the current pandemic where Akamai expanded its giving programs to foster employee empowerment with matching gift programs, employee resource group-led giving and direct COVID relief grants to aid recovery in vulnerable areas.
"Every day billions of people around the world turn to Akamai to power and protect their digital experiences in a way no one else can," said Dr. Tom Leighton, co-founder and chief executive officer, Akamai Technologies. "For over 20 years Akamai, alongside the Akamai Foundation, has passionately focused on issues that are important to Akamai, such as improving access to STEM education, increasing diversity in the technology sector and coming together to positively impact the communities around us. In addition to the highly valuable programs listed below, we are exploring new ways to directly leverage Akamai's abilities for positive impact."
The Akamai Foundation looks forward to partnering with the following programs in 2021:
The 2022 grant proposal submission window will open in the first quarter of 2022. Important dates and guidelines for grant proposal submissions will be communicated through the Akamai Foundation's website later this year.
About the Akamai Foundation
The Akamai Foundation is a private corporate foundation dedicated to excellence in mathematics, with the aim of promoting math's importance and encouraging America's next generation of technology innovators.
The Akamai Foundation is dedicated to encouraging the next generation of technology innovators by supporting STEM education, with a focus on the pursuit of excellence in mathematics in grades K-12. This year's recipient pool expands the Foundation's reach globally through direct grants to locally-registered charities and global non-government organizations that emphasize assisting under-represented groups within today's technology workforce.
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