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NCMA Announces Public Meeting of the Standards Consensus Body

National Contract Management Association

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), the leading resource for professionals in contract management and acquisition will hold a public meeting of the Standards Consensus Body (SCB) on November 18, 2021, from 5 – 7pm EDT. The SCB leads NCMA standards-setting activities and oversees the Contract Management Standard (CMS)™, an ANSI-approved standard that has been adopted by industry and agencies, including the US Department of Defense as the basis for their contract management competency framework. “The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the new work of reaffirming the Contract Management Standard TM (CMS™) as an American National Standard (ANS) ANSI/NCMA ASD 1-2019 and to hold a formal vote to accept, reject, or modify the new work,” said Kraig Conrad, CEO. “This is a great opportunity to unite as a community to advance adoption of the CMS TM for more user categories.” In 2018 NCMA was designated as an Accredited Standards Developer by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), an internationally recognized third party entity, solidifying NCMA as the foremost standards development organization for the contract management profession. Shortly thereafter, NCMA created the SCB to serve as the heart of its standards program, providing expertise to maintain ANSI accreditation. ANSI’s third-party accreditation provides additional confidence and trust in the CMS™ and its ability to create efficiency and stability to contract management. To become an approved ANS, the CMS endured rigorous processes for: A consensus-based standard; Public review and comment on draft standards; Response to comments; Incorporation of approved changes; and Right to appeal. The same processes will be used in the reaffirmation process. All interested parties (both members and nonmembers) can register for the public meeting here, For additional information, please contact NCMA at The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), which was founded in 1959 and is the world’s leading association in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 18,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession and industry it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. To find out more, please visit Contact Details Jennifer Knowlton +1 571-382-1127 Company Website

October 22, 2021 01:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Team Depot Associates Beautify Community Green Space for Detroit Veterans

The Home Depot

On Thursday, Oct. 14, The Home Depot Foundation beautified a community space at a permanent housing facility for veterans facing homelessness in Detroit, Michigan. Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate volunteer force, was onsite to landscape and create this new green space while following all CDC and government safety guidelines. Associates from across Detroit completed various projects including mulching, planting flowers and performing hedge care. They also added patio benches, installed grills and built picnic tables and fire pits. These additional amenities will create spaces for residents to bond and help forge a greater sense of community. This veteran housing facility is operated by Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries and is part of the community's efforts to end veteran homelessness. The community is driving this work in partnership with Built for Zero, a national initiative to end homelessness, with support from The Home Depot Foundation and the Rocket Community Fund. The facility offers new apartments with kitchenettes, upgraded fixtures and renovated common areas to meet the needs of our nation’s heroes. This day of service follows a $750,000 commitment from The Home Depot Foundation and the Rocket Community Fund earlier this year to support facility renovations. As a company that values service, The Home Depot Foundation is honored to help support community members who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and is working to ensure those in need have a safe, stable place to call home. To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation, visit   View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from The Home Depot on

October 22, 2021 12:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Subaru of America to Show Commitment to Camden's Canines on Oct. 22

Subaru of America

CAMDEN - October 22 promises to be a Dog Day Afternoon in the city, thanks to Subaru of America Inc., as South Jersey- and Camden-area canine lovers converge on Von Neida Park for  Camden Make a Dog’s Day. The canine-and-people friendly, reservation-free event in partnership with Animal Welfare Association runs from 3-6 P.M., and will host such experiences as Trunk or Treat, and an ‘Ask the Vet’ session with a local veterinarian. Also offered will be pet training games, dog and cat food giveaways, carnival games and other activities designed to appeal to multiple age groups. Read more View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Subaru of America on

October 22, 2021 11:41 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Ensuring Community Sports Programs Survive and Keeping Your Kids Active


Similar to so many other small business owners (restaurants, shops and other local services), the leaders running youth sports programs have faced an evolving multitude of challenges over the past 20 months as the pandemic continues to impact both the programs and the kids they serve. Recently, Olympic Gold Medalist Benita Fitzgerald Mosley participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss the importance of organized sports for every kid, family and community. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: Latest data shows more than 25% of kids stopped playing sports & many sports programs have ceased operations or have returned in a limited fashion. The stark realities of the pandemic are that there are far too many kids that have been left without access to the physical, mental and emotional benefits sports offer and the lack of access to sports for kids in underserved communities has been exacerbated by the pandemic. For kids, spending time engaging in physical activity through organized sport, free play, at school, and with friends is vital to childhood development and society’s overall well-being. At LeagueApps, Benita leads a program called FundPlay to help address the systemic participation and accessibility gaps. Its mission is to support youth sports organizations and foster those important sports experience opportunities for young people in underserved communities. FundPlay, a National Youth Sports Strategy Champion, offers a quarterly grant program where it awards sports-based youth development organizations with FREE lifetime access to the LeagueApps youth sports technology platform, cash awards and other benefits to help youth sports leaders build organizational capacity. By the end of this year, under Mosley’s leadership, FundPlay will have awarded more than 100 grants, ensuring nearly 300,000 kids have access to sports. For more information, visit About Benita Fitzgerald Mosley: Fitzgerald Mosley, an Olympic Gold Medalist, is responsible for stewarding the LeagueApps NextUp community and FundPlay program to support youth sports organizations and foster sports experience opportunities for young people from underserved communities. She also serves as the executive director of the PLAY Sports Coalition, a unique coalition of thousands of stakeholders across the national and community youth sports industry. Prior to joining LeagueApps, Fitzgerald Mosley served as Chief Operating Officer for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and Chief of Sport Performance for USA Track & Field. About LeagueApps: LeagueApps helps leading youth sports organizations operate and grow with the industry’s most comprehensive youth sports management platform. Powering thousands of leading organizations from professional leagues and teams to clubs and camps, LeagueApps is on a mission to bring the benefits of sport to kids everywhere. Through its NextUp program, LeagueApps goes beyond technology to provide industry leaders with opportunities for professional development and relationship building. LeagueApps also operates FundPlay, a program that supports sports-based youth development organizations to address issues of accessibility and equity. Learn more at About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727

October 22, 2021 11:40 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Fifth Third Announces $20 Million Neighborhood Investment Program to Transform Buckeye Neighborhood in Cleveland

Fifth Third Bancorp

CLEVELAND, October 22, 2021 /3BL Media/ – Fifth Third and Enterprise Community Partners today announced the establishment of a $20 million neighborhood program to support and revitalize the Buckeye neighborhood. The program will focus over three years in partnership with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc., CHN Housing Partners and cross-sector collaborations. “This opportunity allows Fifth Third to invest in a unique way by taking a thoughtfully structured approach to solve real-world systemic issues,” said Joe DiRocco, regional president, Fifth Third Bank, Northern Ohio. “This program goes beyond infusing capital into neighborhoods. We are working to make a significant impact by targeting investments in specific areas, collaborating with communities and their leading organizations and driving change through tangible place-based methods.” Fifth Third is collaborating on the initiative with Enterprise Community Partners, a national nonprofit that exists to make a good home possible for the millions of families without one. Together, they managed a criteria-based, invitation-only application process to select nine majority-Black neighborhoods that have seen a sustained period of disinvestment. The Buckeye neighborhood in Cleveland was one of the locations selected. Enterprise will provide technical assistance to support each neighborhood in developing and implementing a plan tailored to the unique challenges it faces. Enterprise will then assist with assessing the plan’s effectiveness at improving the economic well-being of residents and small locally owned businesses. Successful outcomes will include investments in small businesses, homeownership and workforce development that promote economic stability and growth. “The Fifth Third Neighborhood Investment Program shows what is possible when we make intentional investments that center on Black life and legacy," said Priscilla Almodovar, president and chief executive officer of Enterprise Community Partners. "Enterprise is so excited to join Fifth Third and this group of committed neighborhood partners on an initiative that powerfully aligns with our goals as an organization: increase the housing supply, advance racial equity and build resilience and upward mobility."   “We are committed to providing strategic insight that will help establish an upward trajectory for communities that have historically had limited investment opportunities,” said Dana Capers, community and economic development manager, Fifth Third Bank, Northern Ohio. “This is more than giving Bank dollars and programs to communities in need. Through the Neighborhood Investment Program, we’ll connect comprehensive assistance to build relationships within these communities. This will develop a foundation of equity to help eliminate racial disparities and level the playing field.” Fifth Third intends to commit up to $20 million in lending, investments, and philanthropic support, including grants from the Fifth Third Foundation to the Buckeye neighborhood. The investment will include $2 million in grants and $18 million in affordable financing from housing to small business loans. The Buckeye neighborhood was invited to apply for the program based on its ability to meet specific criteria, including partnering with the neighborhood’s Black residents, existing civic infrastructure in the neighborhood and its capability to manage equitable investment and wealth-building opportunities. Buckeye is part of Mayor Frank Jackson’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, and it recently received a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program’s funds will support the economic mobility of Black low- to moderate-income residents in the Buckeye neighborhood and cultivate investments and resources from additional stakeholders. The plan includes home repair and rehabilitation and targets the area south of Buckeye Road. Tania Menesse, CEO & President, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, said “There’s been so much work done to get to this point. We’re so appreciative of Fifth Third and Enterprise Community Partners recognizing the momentum and our ability to take this work in the southern part of the neighborhood, which we’ve all been anxious to embark on. This investment gives us the chance to do that.” Cleveland Neighborhood Progress will manage the effort in partnership with Burten, Bell, Carr Development, CHN Housing Partners and other vital neighborhood stakeholders. It calls for:   New loans and grants to maximize investment from existing weatherization, home repair and lead-safe programs.  A "first-in" strategy that will attract other developers and additional investment.  Pre- and post-counseling support for new homeowners.   Also planned is a pilot program to help residents purchase and rehabilitate single-family and two-story homes, helping to manage the appraisal gap in the neighborhood. New owners will be able to live in one unit while providing a quality affordable home to another family. The additional income will help new homeowners thrive, build wealth and prevent displacement of Black residents. They’ll also have access to landlord and small business training over the first 18 months.  The Neighborhood Investment Program is part of Fifth Third’s $2.8 billion commitment that will provide $2.2 billion in lending, $500 million in investments, $60 million in financial accessibility and $40 million in philanthropy from the Fifth Third Foundation as part of Fifth Third’s Accelerating Racial Equality, Equity and Inclusion initiative. The commitment is focused on four strategic pillars that directly impact customers and communities with targeted outcomes enabling the Bank to track progress and measure success in the areas of strategic investments, access to capital, financial inclusion and education, and social justice and advocacy. This program also aligns with Enterprise’s new strategic plan and three central goals: to increase housing supply, advance racial equity and build resilience and upward mobility. The additional recipient neighborhoods and lead organizations that will be driving the community’s efforts as part of the neighborhood program are: Avondale, Cincinnati: Avondale Development Corp. South Chicago, Chicago: Claretian Associates. East Tampa, Tampa, Florida: Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc. Grove Park, Atlanta: Grove Park Foundation. Arlington Woods, Indianapolis: Jewell Human Services Corp. Historic West End, Charlotte, North Carolina: LISC. Near East Side, Columbus, Ohio: Partners Achieving Community Transformation. Russell, Louisville, Kentucky: Russell: A Place of Promise. To learn more about the Neighborhood Investment Program, please visit About Enterprise Community Partners Enterprise is a national nonprofit that exists to make​ a good home possible for the millions of families without one. We support community development organizations on the ground, aggregate and invest capital for impact, advance housing policy at every level of government, and build and manage communities ourselves. Since 1982, we have invested $44 billion and created 781,000 homes across all 50 states – all to make home and community places of pride, power and belonging. Join us at​ About Fifth Third Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the indirect parent company of Fifth Third Bank, National Association, a federally chartered institution. As of June 30, 2021, the Company had $205 billion in assets and operates 1,096 full-service Banking Centers, and 2,369 Fifth Third branded ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In total, Fifth Third provides its customers with access to approximately 53,000 fee-free ATMs across the United States. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Wealth & Asset Management. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of June 30, 2021, had $483 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $61 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its Trust and Registered Investment Advisory businesses. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” About the Fifth Third Foundation Established in 1948, the Fifth Third Foundation was one of the first charitable foundations created by a financial institution. The Fifth Third Foundation supports worthy causes in the areas of health and human services, education, community development and the arts in the states where Fifth Third Bank operates. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Fifth Third Bancorp on

October 22, 2021 11:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Getting Nonprofits the Support They Need, for Free

Taproot Foundation

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 1 PM EST // 12 PM CST // 11 AM MT // 10 AM PST Register now Taproot Foundation envisions a world where all nonprofits have the resources needed to fully realize their vital missions. We’re working towards that future by connecting social good organizations with the marketing, HR, IT, strategy, finance, and operations support they need, for free. Our community of 85,000+ volunteers are poised and ready to partner with nonprofits—in areas such as social media strategy, accounting, HR policy development, and much more—to build the capacity to do even more important work. During Pro Bono Week 2021 (October 24-30) Taproot is taking this impact even further with our goal of creating 100+ pro bono connections in celebration of this special week. Learn how to begin using Taproot’s free services during Pro Bono Week (and beyond!) at their Tuesday, October 26 webinar where they will cover: The types of common nonprofit challenges can be handled pro bono Best practices for designing and managing your virtual pro bono project How to participate in our Pro Bono Week volunteerism drive Register now to attend and be sure to bring along your questions or any colleagues who could also benefit from skilled volunteer support. We’ll save plenty of time at the event for live Q&A. This webinar has been made available free of cost thanks to support from Taproot’s Pro Bono Week 2021 sponsor, American Express. The event will be recorded and all registrants will receive a copy of that recording. To sign up for Taproot’s programs that are available free of cost to nonprofits, public schools, and fiscally sponsored social good organizations in the US, UK, EU, and India, Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 1 PM EST // 12 PM CST // 11 AM MT // 10 AM PST Register now View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Taproot Foundation on

October 22, 2021 11:04 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Education means something different to everyone. Being part of a family of educators, early on, I understood that education can open doors to opportunity. But growing up in a mixed-race family on the U.S.-Mexico border, I also saw firsthand the numerous barriers to opportunity within the education system – particularly for Black and African Americans. And for the working adults around me, those barriers were even bigger. As a society, we have not paid enough attention to such barriers and the factors that hold people back. Finding ways to improve the system is a big part of what inspired my lifelong career in adult education and workforce development. And it is also why I jumped at the opportunity to lead the Center for Racial Equity’s philanthropic work focused on education. Walmart’s support for education has a long history, but our current focus started in 2015. The company has invested in education and training for our associates through Live Better U and Walmart Academies, for example. Our focus on upskilling associates is rooted in our commitment to shared value – our view that we create value for our business by serving our stakeholders, including our associates and our communities. After all, building a stronger workforce is good for both business and society. We have complemented these efforts with  philanthropy  that supports equity through on-the-job learning and a skills-based education system for adult workers. When Walmart and the Walmart Foundation established the Center for Racial Equity  in June 2020, we took a more critical look at the realities of the education and workforce systems for Black and African Americans. Together with Walmart’s  education shared value network  (a team of business leaders and associates working to find ways to use Walmart’s business capabilities to advance equity in education), we surfaced three opportunities for philanthropy: First, research to gain deeper insight into specific barriers facing Black and African American people within the education and training system; second, building capacity within our nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to support students; and third, strengthening the pathways between college and in-demand careers. So today we’re announcing  $3 million in grants  in these three areas: A Walmart grant will support the  Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a think tank dedicated to research and advocacy to equip Black and African Americans with the skills needed to thrive in the evolving economy, to conduct research on the barriers and gaps that exist within education and training for economic advancement. This research will provide insight on why education pathways, such as college and industry certifications, have not served as effective on-ramps to employment for Black and African Americans, particularly in high-demand jobs like technology and health care. As we work to gain a deeper understanding of the needs of Black and African American students, a second investment will help build the capacity of our nation’s 1890 land-grant universities – HBCUs established through the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1890 with a focus on agriculture and technology. A Walmart grant will support the  1890 Universities Foundation, which will build staff capacity to prepare students for careers in fields such as agriculture, healthcare and technology via four Centers of Excellence across the 19 institutions. The 1890 Foundation will also develop a broadband strategy to meet the needs of the universities. Finally, through a third Walmart grant, we aim to help strengthen the pathways for Black and African American students between college and in-demand careers in fields such as technology. A Walmart investment in  CodePath, which aims to increase diversity in tech by transforming college computer science education, creates a partnership with the 1890 Universities Foundation to serve more HBCUs with an initial expansion of CodePath’s computer science and technology courses to five of the 19 universities. With this support, CodePath will also expand its mentorship, technical interview practice and pre-internship services for students. It’s time for us to think differently about how we support Black and African Americans as they pursue post-secondary educational opportunities and begin their careers. Going forward, we want to further focus our philanthropy to shift the system so more Black and African Americans get a degree or credential, enter the workforce and create a stronger, more diverse talent pool for everyone. Education may mean something different for everyone, but our aspiration at the center is that it means equitable opportunity and advancement for all. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Walmart on

October 22, 2021 11:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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DuPont Joins Operation Clean Sweep® Blue


WILMINGTON, Del., October 22, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Consistent with its core values, DuPont (NYSE:DD) announced it is strengthening its sustainability efforts toward zero discharge of plastics into marine and freshwater environments by joining Operation Clean Sweep ® (OCS) blue. OCS ® blue is administered by the American Chemistry Council and the Plastics Industry Association. The program represents an enhanced and voluntary commitment to resin waste reduction efforts that go beyond Operation Clean Sweep, which DuPont joined in 2016. DuPont has begun the registration process for all global sites where resin handling occurs. Each site has an OCS® blue champion responsible for training, implementing procedures, auditing, and annual reporting. While OCS ® blue requirements apply to registered facilities that are actively engaged in resin handling, DuPont is also supporting efforts to educate transportation partners and encourage their participation. The company also will share best practices and report annually the number and volume of incidents of any unrecovered release of plastics that are greater than 0.5 kg per incident in alignment with new global reporting criteria. “At DuPont, we are committed to a set of bold  sustainability goals  that are good for our communities and for our planet,” said Alexa Dembek, Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer, DuPont. “Joining Operation Clean Sweep® blue underscores our commitment to best practices in facilities management and operation, including responsible resin handling and pellet containment processes.” DuPont plastics are essential innovations for humans to thrive and can be sustainable solutions for improving life. The company’s plastics are used in medical applications such as epinephrine pens and COVID-19 test kits to enhance safety, to produce personal protective equipment (PPE), and to enable lightweighting, which improves the fuel efficiency of vehicles.  To learn out more about OCS ® blue, visit About DuPont DuPont (NYSE: DD) is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, construction, water, healthcare, and worker safety. More information about the company, its businesses and solutions can be found at Investors can access information included on the Investor Relations section of the website at DuPont™, the DuPont Oval Logo, and all trademarks and service marks denoted with ™, ℠ or ® are owned by affiliates of DuPont de Nemours, Inc. unless otherwise noted. © 2021 DuPont. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from DuPont on

October 22, 2021 11:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Social Conscience and Community Commitment at Truist


For over a century, Truist and its heritage banks have been known for community service. Our social conscience and commitment are second to none. We’ve staked our future on the purpose of building better lives and communities. We believe that “better” requires setting a new standard: ensuring our business and our social impact are woven seamlessly together. In a year disrupted by a pandemic, a recession, and personal attacks on people and institutions, caring for each other took on even greater importance. Truist rose to the challenges of the tumultuous year, and we have set an even higher bar for the future despite it. We are fundamentally refocusing and reimagining our approach to philanthropy and are determined to lead in our passion, intention, and impact.  Heightened impact through focus Expanding our reach As regional banks, our heritage organizations each had a long history of giving back to their communities; now, with our combined resources and scale as Truist, we have an even greater opportunity to continue to serve the cities, suburbs, and rural areas where we operate while simultaneously tackling scalable national initiatives that increase our total societal impact. After talking with stakeholders across our communities and carefully listening to their views, we’ve selected four areas of emphasis where Truist—and the Truist Foundation—can drive meaningful change:  Leadership  Educational equity Economic mobility and small business Thriving communities Truist will prioritize grants and volunteerism efforts toward these important goals. By doing so, we’re confident we will not only live up to our purpose, but we’ll also inspire others to do so. A force-multiplier for good Truist has multiple channels and programs through which we help to inspire and build better lives and communities, including the Truist Foundation, the Truist Charitable Fund, the Truist Leadership Institute, the regional giving teams, our Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) team, and the Truist Together volunteerism program. Going forward, our initiatives will align with these four new pillars through a coordinated strategy, leveraging our teammates’ expertise and their close collaboration to drive greater impacts. These focus areas also support federal and local social programs and channel our teammates’ passion to give back. We believe this approach and the alignment among our teams will multiply the benefit generated by our collective time and talent, bringing our corporate purpose to life. Truist Foundation Fulfilling our purpose The Truist Foundation is also committed to Truist Financial Corporation’s purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities. Established in 2020, the foundation makes strategic investments in nonprofit organizations to help ensure the communities it serves have more opportunities for a better quality of life. The Truist Foundation’s grants and activities focus on building career pathways to economic mobility and strengthening small businesses. In 2020, the Foundation awarded 934 grants totaling $79.8 million. This included coordination for planning and executing major disaster relief initiatives and national partnerships, as well as pandemic relief as part of the substantial Truist Cares initiative, which is described on Page 59. When the racial justice movement began, the Foundation responded quickly to accelerate our support for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, with 53% of our Foundation strategic grants in 2020 serving Black and African American, Hispanic and Latinx, and multiracial individuals and families. Despite the unforeseen circumstances that arose during 2020, the Truist Foundation continued our heritage banks’ philanthropic legacies, while zeroing in on the changing needs and issues of our communities today and intentionally building the required infrastructure to effectively address them. Importantly, the Truist Foundation recalibrated its strategy to directly impact building career pathways to economic mobility and strengthening small businesses. We are confident that sharpening our focus in this way will help us grow our impact and enact meaningful change on a greater scale. Examples of some of the national nonprofits the Truist Foundation has awarded grants to, as well as the regional and local community nonprofit organizations we support, are outlined in the following pages of this chapter, as well as throughout the report. Truist Charitable Fund Broadening our impact The Truist Charitable Fund, a donor-advised fund, is administered by the Winston-Salem Foundation. The Truist Charitable Fund’s grants benefit those in need under our pillars of educational equity and thriving communities. In 2020, the Truist Charitable Fund awarded 466 grants totaling $80.5 million.7 Several national and regional nonprofits and educational institutions benefited:  Ron Clark Academy in Southeast Atlanta The grant seeks to help students, educators, and parents build reading skills, financial literacy, and leadership abilities with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The grant will go toward a professional development education series and the evolution of the House app. The education series on professional development will be for educators and educator-based subscriber communities (students, parents, and individuals), serving LMI populations. The education series will focus on topics that will emphasize the importance of reading skills, financial literacy, leadership strategies, and entrepreneurship. For financial literacy, both students and educators will become more knowledgeable about financial counseling, investments, budget creation, mortgage lending, retirement plans, portfolio diversification, and more. The goal is for students to gain a strong foundation of financial well-being and be more likely to entertain entrepreneurial ventures and business opportunities. For leadership, students will learn how to lead by example; promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace; use technology and innovation; encourage growth and change; understand the value of listening; and more. In addition to the education series, the grant funds will be designated for the strategic expansion of the school’s House System application. In its short lifespan thus far, the House app has already become a valuable technological resource for 200 schools across the nation. The schools subscribed to utilize resources about how to cultivate a positive learning environment and school culture, enhance student engagement, and foster academic excellence. Junction Business Services Inc. The grant will support NXT/CLT, a business development accelerator that provides support for startup companies owned by people of color. Specifically, the focus will be on the development of a program to match these entrepreneurs with advisors and partners who can help accelerate their business growth. The grant will provide critical support to operate the NXT/CLT programs, including staffing to support the recruitment, acceptance, onboarding, and retention of companies to participate in the program. The objective of the overall effort is to build a program that at capacity will accelerate growth for 48 companies per year by the second year of the initiative. In addition, there is a desire to provide access to markets and partner companies that would be open to doing business with the participating companies. The Young Women’s Leadership Academy Foundation Funding will launch a new public charter school, Montessori Elementary at Highland Park (ME@ HP), which will offer a dynamic, participatory environment that integrates Montessori education with STEAM experiential learning. ME@HP has been intentionally designed to empower young children living in urban core neighborhoods in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to overcome barriers that create stumbling blocks to academic achievement. Truist Cares  Supporting our communities In last year’s CSR Report, we devoted a chapter to Truist Cares8, our $50 million program to support pandemic recovery efforts in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Truist Cares’ giving spanned five broad categories: small business support, senior services, youth services, emergency relief for workers, and technology connection. All of our contributions flowed through nonprofit organizations serving these needs. As part of our Truist Cares initiative, the Truist Charitable Fund donated “charity miles”—$1 to both the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Feeding America for every mile that teammates biked, walked, or ran, up to $1 million. A detailed list of the Truist Cares grants for 2020 can be found on  Helping workers affected by the pandemic Truist made donations to partner foundations to help workers affected by closures in the sports and entertainment industries. In March 2020, Truist gave a $250,000 grant to the Atlanta Braves’ Disaster & Hardship Relief Fund to support the needs of hourly workers at Truist Park, CoolToday Park, and each of the team’s minor league baseball facilities during the pandemic. These funds provided relief for 2,253 part-time game staff who were unable to work due to the postponement of the 2020 baseball season, helping the part-time workers and their families to pay for food, housing, and utilities during the crisis. In addition, Truist made donations to assist hourly workers for the Charlotte Knights, Florida Panthers, Georgia Aquarium, Northern Kentucky University, North Carolina A&T University, and Wake Forest University.  Read the full report here.  View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Truist on

October 22, 2021 11:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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