AT&T Foundation Supports United Way in India to Maximize Community Impact at Local Level
New Delhi & Bangalore, India, 24 Jun 2009 — The AT&T Foundation, the philanthropy arm of AT&T*, has announced a contribution of US$5,000 (INR240,625) to United Ways of Bengaluru and Delhi in India. The contribution will support the work of United Way to serve the community’s neediest people by providing essential resources in India.
United Ways of Bengaluru and Delhi are affiliated with United Way International which aims to help create lasting changes in local community’s quality of life. United Way International has a global network of more than 3,000 local nonprofit organizations operating in 47 countries and territories. Each United Way organization’s work happens at local level because local leaders best understand the community’s needs and opportunities.
The first United Way organization in India was established in Baroda, Gujarat in July 1986 and it was formally affiliated with United Way International in the same year. In addition, United Way has presence in Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai and Hubli-Dharwad. The AT&T Foundation’s contribution will help United Ways of Bengaluru and Delhi to continue its work to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health.
Since the inception of the United Way, AT&T has been a proud supporter in the US. AT&T hosts an annual United Way campaign, giving employees a variety of ways to offer support, including one-time or ongoing donations, a national online auction, and local fundraising events.
“AT&T has been a long history of supporting United Way’s work in many communities in the world. We welcome the opportunity to get involved with United Way causes in India,” said Mark Shine, president, AT&T Communications Services India Pvt. Ltd. “Advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives are very important to AT&T in India. United Way is known for their dedication towards society. It is an honor for us to have the opportunity to contribute to the Indian community and help the needy.”
“United Way works to advance the common good and improve people’s lives. That’s why United Way focuses on the building blocks of a good life which are health, education, and financial stability. Our goal is to work with communities to create long-lasting changes that create opportunities for all. In India, there is a growing population and great need in each of these areas,” said Teresa Hall Bartels, president and chief executive officer of United Way International. “We are delighted to have the AT&T Foundation providing much needed support to United Way organizations in India in their ongoing efforts.”
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About United Way
United Way is a global network of locally governed not-for-profit member organizations in 47 countries and territories whose members work to create long-term solutions to local human needs. These members convene community leaders who identify and prioritise local needs, generate and distribute resources for mission-centered work, help improve the effectiveness of the non profit sector, and enhance service delivery. This work happens primarily at the local level, where community needs and opportunities are best understood by local volunteer leaders.
Through its commitment to and demonstration of effectiveness, transparency and accountability, United Ways are able to raise U.S. five billion dollars worldwide which are applied to create greater local community impact.
About Philanthropy at AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T supports projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2007, AT&T contributed more than US $164 million through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T, combine more than US$1.9 billion of historic charitable commitment to communities across the country.
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