OVERVIEW: AT&T supports education, communities and quality of life, prioritizing the areas in which its employees live and work. Education is the corporation’s main funding initiative and is funded through the Aspire program.
IP TAKE: AT&T supports education, communities and quality of life, prioritizing the areas in which its employees live and work. Education is the corporation’s primary philanthropic concern and is funded through the AT&T Aspire program, which runs several signature programs in partnerships with national organizations. This funder accepts requests for funding through an online portal.
PROFILE: AT&T, the world’s largest telecommunications company, and the AT&T Foundation aim to advance education, strengthen communities and improve lives through strategic partnerships and signature programs. Based in Dallas, Texas, AT&T prioritizes education in areas where its employees live and work.
AT&T’s education funding stems from its signature AT&T Aspire. The program’s four main initiatives are educational technology, workforce development, mentoring and increasing high school graduation rates. In the area of educational technology, AT&T aims to use technology to remove barriers to learning. Partnering with Dallas’s Momentous Institute, AT&T has supplied teachers and students with tablets and created apps that help teachers tailor instruction to individual students’ needs. The workforce development initiative supports the acquisition of job skills in the area of technology through partnerships with Girls Who Code, Udacity and Jobs for America’s Graduates. AT&T’s employee-based mentoring program and high school completion initiative—supporting what works—partner with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Junior Achievement and other organizations that help at-risk students attain high school diplomas.
Much of AT&T’s philanthropic work consists of relationships with large, national organizations that operate in the areas where AT&T maintains operations.
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