AT&T Gives $5,500 to United Way of North Central FloridaAugust 7th, 2015 by gainesvillechamber
Contribution to go Community Investment Fund that supports local agencies
For over 60 years, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have been strong supporters of the United Way both at the national and local levels. Today, AT&T continues this legacy of support through a contribution of $5,500 to United Way of North Central Florida. In 2015 alone, AT&T gave $5.17 million to 550 local United Ways across the country.
United Way of North Central Florida will use the contribution to support programs that create long lasting change in the local community through the Community Investment Fund, said UWNCFL President/CEO Deborah Bowie.
The United Way is dedicated to improving lives across its six-county area of Alachua, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Union Counties. UWNCFL’s Community Investment Fund, for example, supported 26 programs across 19 different agencies throughout the region in the areas of education, income, health and immediate needs.
“Local dollars used to support the work of local agencies is among the most critical things we do,” Bowie said. “The money awarded from the Community Investment Fund is leveraged by local agencies at an average 3-to-1 ratio. That is a significant ROI for any donor. AT&T’s gift will go a long way in our community,” she said.
In addition to this contribution, each year AT&T employees take part in an employee giving campaign that provides millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations, including the United Way. In 2014, AT&T employees, including employee members of the Communication Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Telecommunications International Union, pledged $36.4 million through this campaign.
“AT&T shares United Way’s commitment to strengthening communities and improving lives,” said John Merlino. “The United Way of North Central Florida support for programs with proven results in our community improves the lives of our citizens by connecting them with resources and expertise that helps them succeed.”