Innovative Web Site Wins Award For Verizon Foundation; Cyber-Foundation Cited by Council on Foundations and Communications Network

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Verizon

    NEW YORK, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Foundation's ground-breaking
 Web site has won high honors from the Council on Foundations and the
 Communications Network, a nonprofit organization that promotes strategic
 communications as an essential part of successful philanthropy.  The site,
 http://www.verizon.com/foundation, is the winner of a Gold Award for
 excellence in communications in the 2001 Wilmer Shields Rich Awards program.
     The awards program recognizes communications efforts to increase public
 awareness of foundations and corporate giving programs.  Awards will be
 presented May 1 during the Council's 52nd annual conference in Philadelphia.
     Last year, Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon
 Communications, reinvented itself by embracing the Internet and turning itself
 into a true a "cyber-foundation."   It became the first corporate foundation
 to require that all grant applications be submitted online, a move designed to
 encourage nonprofits to use the Internet and view it as a valuable tool to
 enhance their operations and communications capabilities.
     "As the nation's first cyber-based foundation, we rely on the Internet as
 the backbone of our operations and seek to integrate technology into
 everything we do," said Suzanne DuBose, president of Verizon Foundation.
     "We are continually pushing the cyber-edge with our Web site -- using
 technology to enhance relations with the nonprofit community through two-way
 communications, while prompting educational institutions and other nonprofit
 organizations to see the benefits of using the Internet.  We've received
 tremendous positive feedback from nonprofit organizations across the country
 since we launched our foundation and Web site last summer and are gratified to
 be recognized by our peers in the Council on Foundations," she said.
     DuBose said she views the award as an acknowledgement that corporate
 foundations can successfully break out of their traditional modes by embracing
 technology and adopting new and innovative approaches to help the nonprofit
 community.
     Verizon Foundation's Web site provides an array of information on the
 foundation and recent grant recipients, allows organizations and individuals
 to communicate directly with foundation officials via interactive e-mail and
 enables them to apply online for grants, volunteers and computer and Internet
 training.
     In addition, visitors to Verizon Foundation's bilingual (English and
 Spanish) Web site will find a series of "best-in-class" technology success
 stories and a comprehensive technology resource guide with links to more than
 350 online resources supporting technology applications.  Links to other Web
 portals address such issues as literacy and the digital divide.
     Verizon Foundation's Web site also includes grant guidelines, an online
 grant eligibility quiz and a technology-needs-assessment section to help
 nonprofit organizations in applying for grants online.
     Verizon Foundation supports a variety of programs that focus on improving
 basic and computer literacy, bridging the digital divide, enriching
 communities through technology and creating a skilled work force.  The
 foundation promotes partnerships in technology with organizations serving the
 needs of diverse communities, people with disabilities, and the economically
 and socially disadvantaged across the United States and selected foreign
 countries.  The foundation also supports Verizon Volunteers, an incentive
 program that encourages Verizon employees to volunteer in their communities
 and provides matching gifts for nonprofit organizations.
     Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ) is one of the world's leading providers
 of communications services.  Verizon companies are the largest providers of
 wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 112 million
 access line equivalents and 27 million wireless customers.  Verizon is also
 the largest directory publisher in the world.  A Fortune 10 company with
 approximately 260,000 employees and more than $65 billion in annual revenues,
 Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe,
 Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit
 http://www.verizon.com.
 
     ON THE INTERNET: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and
 biographies, news media contacts and other information are available at
 Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web (www.verizon.com/news).  To
 receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for
 personalized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.
 
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    NEW YORK, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Foundation's ground-breaking
 Web site has won high honors from the Council on Foundations and the
 Communications Network, a nonprofit organization that promotes strategic
 communications as an essential part of successful philanthropy.  The site,
 http://www.verizon.com/foundation, is the winner of a Gold Award for
 excellence in communications in the 2001 Wilmer Shields Rich Awards program.
     The awards program recognizes communications efforts to increase public
 awareness of foundations and corporate giving programs.  Awards will be
 presented May 1 during the Council's 52nd annual conference in Philadelphia.
     Last year, Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon
 Communications, reinvented itself by embracing the Internet and turning itself
 into a true a "cyber-foundation."   It became the first corporate foundation
 to require that all grant applications be submitted online, a move designed to
 encourage nonprofits to use the Internet and view it as a valuable tool to
 enhance their operations and communications capabilities.
     "As the nation's first cyber-based foundation, we rely on the Internet as
 the backbone of our operations and seek to integrate technology into
 everything we do," said Suzanne DuBose, president of Verizon Foundation.
     "We are continually pushing the cyber-edge with our Web site -- using
 technology to enhance relations with the nonprofit community through two-way
 communications, while prompting educational institutions and other nonprofit
 organizations to see the benefits of using the Internet.  We've received
 tremendous positive feedback from nonprofit organizations across the country
 since we launched our foundation and Web site last summer and are gratified to
 be recognized by our peers in the Council on Foundations," she said.
     DuBose said she views the award as an acknowledgement that corporate
 foundations can successfully break out of their traditional modes by embracing
 technology and adopting new and innovative approaches to help the nonprofit
 community.
     Verizon Foundation's Web site provides an array of information on the
 foundation and recent grant recipients, allows organizations and individuals
 to communicate directly with foundation officials via interactive e-mail and
 enables them to apply online for grants, volunteers and computer and Internet
 training.
     In addition, visitors to Verizon Foundation's bilingual (English and
 Spanish) Web site will find a series of "best-in-class" technology success
 stories and a comprehensive technology resource guide with links to more than
 350 online resources supporting technology applications.  Links to other Web
 portals address such issues as literacy and the digital divide.
     Verizon Foundation's Web site also includes grant guidelines, an online
 grant eligibility quiz and a technology-needs-assessment section to help
 nonprofit organizations in applying for grants online.
     Verizon Foundation supports a variety of programs that focus on improving
 basic and computer literacy, bridging the digital divide, enriching
 communities through technology and creating a skilled work force.  The
 foundation promotes partnerships in technology with organizations serving the
 needs of diverse communities, people with disabilities, and the economically
 and socially disadvantaged across the United States and selected foreign
 countries.  The foundation also supports Verizon Volunteers, an incentive
 program that encourages Verizon employees to volunteer in their communities
 and provides matching gifts for nonprofit organizations.
     Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ) is one of the world's leading providers
 of communications services.  Verizon companies are the largest providers of
 wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 112 million
 access line equivalents and 27 million wireless customers.  Verizon is also
 the largest directory publisher in the world.  A Fortune 10 company with
 approximately 260,000 employees and more than $65 billion in annual revenues,
 Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe,
 Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit
 http://www.verizon.com.
 
     ON THE INTERNET: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and
 biographies, news media contacts and other information are available at
 Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web (www.verizon.com/news).  To
 receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for
 personalized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X98355436
 
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