FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2021
113 Arizona nonprofits benefit from employee-funded grant distributions
PHOENIX —At a time when Arizona nonprofits report $91 million in revenue losses this year and an increase in expenses of $15+ million, the 3,100 employees of Cox Arizona today announce grant donations of nearly $500K to 113 Arizona nonprofit education, diversity and environment and sustainability programs. This marks the 25th year that Cox employees, through Cox Charities, have raised funds to help the communities in which they live and work. Since 1996, Cox Arizona employees have raised more than $9 million.
“Cox employees are unwavering in their commitment to nonprofits that serve our most vulnerable community members, especially youth, through education and diversity programs,” says Percy Kirk, Senior Vice President and Region Manager for Cox Arizona. “This year, with a great need in our community, Cox employees chose to expand the number of organizations receiving funding. We know this additional support will help more Arizonans at this time.”
One local grant recipient is Career Concepts for Youth. For 30 years, its Stay in School and Achieve Program has served 64,000 middle school students in high crime areas. The twice-per-month program focuses on interpersonal interaction, presentation skills, role-playing and writing. “The Cox Charities grant will help us continue to influence vulnerable youth by showing them the importance of taking ownership and minimizing excuses while instilling in them the connection between academic success and becoming productive adult citizens,” says Career Concepts for Youth Founder and President, Mario Bayne.
Another Cox Charities grant recipient is Homeless Youth Connection which works with homeless youth ages 13-21 in school districts to eliminate barriers so that homeless youth can stay in school and graduate. “As a result of the pandemic and youth having to access education remotely, a number of homeless youth did not have the resources and were unable to engage in school. Funding from Cox Charities will help Homeless Youth Connection identify these youth and ensure they have the resources to stay in school and complete their education,” says Homeless Youth Connection CEO, Dawn Bogart.
92 Phoenix area nonprofits received grants from $1,100 to $10,000 totaling $416,750.00:
*Photo of Phoenix-area grantees courtesy of Cox, taken during the September 29 Zoom grant announcement.
|Phoenix-Area Nonprofits receiving Cox Charities grants|
21 Southern Arizona nonprofits received grants from $2,000 to $5,000 totaling $80,000 including:
Southern Arizona Nonprofits receiving Cox Charities grants
Total grant funds awarded in Phoenix and Southern Arizona: $496,750.00
About Cox Charities
Cox Charities is committed to building, strengthening and investing in Arizona’s communities by raising and granting funds over and above the company’s charitable contributions to support Arizona nonprofit organizations that share Cox’s focus on youth and education. Since its inception, Cox Charities has awarded nearly $9 million to Arizona nonprofits that share Cox’s commitment to our youth.
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve seven million homes and businesses across 18 states. In metro Phoenix, we serve approximately 2.5 million product subscribers, and in Southern Arizona, approximately 400,000 product subscribers, with residential and business digital television, 1G high-speed Internet, security systems and digital telephone service over its own nationwide IP network. We’re dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that make each one unique. The 3,100 Arizona employees of Cox are proud to have topped numerous J.D. Power and Associates’ studies of customer satisfaction and for many years top “Ranking Arizona-Best of Arizona Business” list. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox.