The Coca-Cola Foundation Awards $4 Million in Fourth Quarter to Support Active Lifestyles, Education and Environmental Programs in the U.S. and Canada

Dec 20, 2010, 14:26 ET from The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation Awards Over $19 Million to Communities Across the U.S. and Canada in 2010

ATLANTA, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, has awarded grants totaling $4 million to 38 organizations across the U.S. and Canada in the fourth quarter of 2010.  In line with the Foundation's commitment to building sustainable communities throughout the U.S. and Canada, this grant funding will help support local initiatives in 11 states, including the District of Columbia and one Canadian province. The grants focus on water conservation, community recycling, active healthy living and education. In 2010, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded and paid over $19 million to community programs in the U.S. and Canada.

"At the Foundation, our goal is to make a positive impact by promoting and creating sustainable communities around the world," said Ingrid Saunders Jones, senior vice president, Global Community Connections, The Coca-Cola Company and chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation. "The funding provided to these 38 organizations will support community programs that align to our giving priorities across the U.S. and Canada."

Of the 38 organizations allocated funds, $1 million was put towards promoting and sustaining active healthy living initiatives; $2.2 million was given to support education programs; $400,000 towards promoting water conservation projects; $300,000 was distributed to aid community recycling efforts; and $50,000 was awarded to support local community programs.

Organizations receiving funding include:

Active Healthy Living

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc., New York, NY, $50,000

Auburn University Foundation, Auburn, AL, $100,000

Camp Best Friends Foundation, Inc., Atlanta, GA, $75,000

National 4-H Council, Chevy Chase, MD, $200,000

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Baltimore, MD, $100,000

National Park Foundation, Washington, DC, $100,000

New Era Transitions, Inc., New York, NY, $50,000

Project Open Hand, Atlanta, GA, $50,000

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Washington, DC, $200,000

Soccer in the Streets, Atlanta, GA, $75,000

Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), Atlanta, GA, $10,000


Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Washington, DC, $100,000

Atlanta Urban League, Atlanta, GA, $50,000

Atlanta Workforce Development Board, Inc., Atlanta, GA, $50,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, Inc., Atlanta, GA, $200,000

Link Unlimited, Chicago, IL, $25,000

Fayetteville State University Foundation, Fayetteville, NC, $25,000

Hispanic Scholarship Fund, San Francisco, CA, $1,000,000 (multi-year grant of $250,000 annually through 2013)

Jackie Robinson Foundation, Inc., New York, NY, $100,000

Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC, $25,000

Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME, $50,000

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), New York, NY, $35,000

National Urban Fellows, New York, NY, $40,000

Operation Hope Inc., Los Angeles, CA, $100,000

Ron Clark Foundation, Atlanta, GA, $250,000

The Study Hall Inc., Atlanta, GA, $50,000

Southern University at New Orleans Foundation, New Orleans, LA, $25,000

Year Up, Inc., Atlanta, GA, $50,000

Water Conservation

Chattahoochee Nature Center, Inc., Atlanta, GA, $50,000

The Nature Conservancy, Washington, DC, $200,000

World Wildlife Fund Canada, Toronto, Ontario, $150,000

Community Recycling

Keep America Beautiful, Inc., Stamford, CT, $200,000

Recycling Council in Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, $100,000

Civic Initiatives

Atlanta Children's Shelter, Atlanta, GA, $10,000

City of Refuge, Atlanta, GA, $10,000

CredAbility, Atlanta, GA, $10,000

Families First, Atlanta, GA, $10,000

Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, Atlanta, GA, $10,000

About The Coca-Cola Foundation

Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has donated more than $355 million to community projects and initiatives across the globe. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go to

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The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola®, recognized as the world's most valuable brand, the Company's portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke®, Fanta®, Sprite®, Coca-Cola Zero®, vitaminwater®, Powerade®, Minute Maid®, Simply® and Georgia®. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company's beverages at a rate of 1.6 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at

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