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Announcing our 2013 strategic grant recipients

Announcing our 2013 strategic grant recipients

November 8, 2013

Authored by Ellen Sandberg, CH2M HILL Foundation Executive Director

Today, I am honored to report that the CH2M HILL Foundation awarded $339,000 to 23 not-for-profit organizations addressing the Foundation’s strategic pillars of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education and Environmental Stewardship. 

Congratulations to all of the worthy grant recipients that serve individuals and communities across the world, and to our 28,000+ fellow employee-owners whose hard work and commitment to quality and integrity make our donations possible. The first round of grant making benefited US-based organizations with several offering programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The second round of grant making will be for organizations located outside the U.S. and will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Inspiring the next generation of socially and environmentally responsible leaders and developing sustainable communities are the hallmarks of the CH2M HILL Foundation, which was re-launched in January 2013 to support organizations that share our global values. 

camp_inventionTopping the list of grantees were STEM programs that help make the connection for students between meaningful job opportunities and a solid grasp of science, technology, engineering and math. One grantee in particular – Invent Now – offers a one week STEM-focused summer camp for first- through sixth-grade students in Atlanta, Georgia. With the gap widening between students who can afford supplemental summer education and those who cannot, a grant to Invent Now helps to provide more equal access to enhanced learning opportunities in fields of study out of reach to many, yet so critical to the future career success of our youth. 

Bridges_to_ProsperityEnvironmental Stewardship programs that promote sustainable communities also received significant financial support from the Foundation. In parts of Panama, crossing a river can be a life-or-death decision because bridges are poorly designed or even non-existent. That’s why the Foundation provided Bridges To Prosperity with a grant to construct two foot bridges that are both safe and sustainable. Bridges provide better access to health care facilities, schools, and markets that in turn promotes a more livable, thriving community in which to live.

The CH2M HILL employee volunteers who serve on the Foundation Board of Directors work diligently to ensure that the funding entrusted to them by the firm is invested wisely for maximum community impact and in alignment with our corporate goals. I hope you will revisit the Our Impact section of our website to learn more about the grant recipients of the CH2M HILL Foundation and the strategic link between whom we support and our corporate commitment to building a better world.Ellen Sandberg

Ellen Sandberg has extensive experience in strategic, global corporate giving and non-profit management. In Denver, Colorado, she serves on the board of the Colorado Association of Funders and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

 

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