Voya Foundation Announces Fourth Quarter 2014 Grant Recipients
Foundation advances partnerships with organizations that promote academic achievement, financial literacy and STEM education
Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), formerly ING U.S., today announced that seven nonprofit organizations located throughout the country will receive grants in the fourth quarter of 2014 through the company’s charitable giving arm, the Voya Foundation.
“As the primary vehicle for Voya’s community investment efforts, the Voya Foundation is proud to provide funding for organizations that are moving the needle in the areas of children’s education and financial literacy,” said Angela Harrell, head of the Voya Foundation and Voya Financial’s Office of Corporate Responsibility. “This quarter, we’re pleased to highlight our support for organizations addressing the growing need for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the U.S., including a new partnership with Girls Who Code and an enhanced partnership with the New York Institute of Technology.”
Recipients of fourth quarter grants from the Voya Foundation include:
- Girls Who Code (New York) – Girls Who Code seeks to address the growing gender gap among computing professionals in the U.S. Through this partnership, Voya will support programming that promotes female participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education beginning at a young age.
- Family Services Woodfield (FSW), Inc. (Bridgeport, Connecticut) – Voya has partnered with FSW, Inc. to support the organization’s Financial Education Program. As a result of Voya’s support, FSW will enhance its existing workforce development program for underserved, minority young adults to include a financial education component for 30 participants.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa (Clive, Iowa) – Through funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ “Continuing the Path” Mentoring Program, Voya will support efforts to identify at-risk seventh grade students in the Des Moines public school system and pair those children with mentors from local businesses and institutes of higher education.
- New York Institute of Technology (New York) – In its second year as sole sponsor of the institute’s simulated trading floor, Voya has provided funding to improve trading floor technology to better facilitate distance learning. Voya’s grant will also create new financial education programs in the space and increase the availability of financial education scholarships at the institute.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (Washington, D.C.) – Funding from the Voya Foundation will support the organization’s PowerHour program, an hour of quiet study and afterschool tutoring designed to encourage students to view academic achievement as a daily responsibility.
- Hope Street Group (Sherman Oaks, California) – Voya’s grant for Hope Street Group will support the National Teacher Fellows program, which trains standout educators to engage their peers in advocating for teacher-informed policy across the country.
- Leadership Greater Hartford (LGH) (Hartford, Connecticut) – LGH supports education and entrepreneurship by building local leadership opportunities for a diverse population of teens and adults in the Hartford area. Voya’s 2014 contribution will support the organization’s Ted Carroll Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition for LGH programs to those with limited resources.
Through charitable giving, the Voya Foundation focuses on exemplary programs in the areas of financial education and children’s education to help build an educated workforce. One of the foundation’s signature programs, the Voya-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge, provides high school girls with practical, hands-on investing experience, while allowing them to keep a portion of their gains in the form of college scholarships. At the core of the Voya Foundation is the belief that education is the key to healthy communities, which foster the sustainability and growth of the economy.
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The Voya Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in communities where Voya FinancialTM (formerly ING U.S.) operates and its employees and customers live. The Voya Foundation provides grants and establishes signature partnerships in the areas of financial literacy and children’s education and fosters employee engagement to deepen our positive impact on the community. For more information, visit www.voyafoundation.com.
About Voya FinancialTM
Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), formerly ING U.S., is composed of premier retirement, investment and insurance companies serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States. The company’s vision is to be America’s Retirement CompanyTM and its guiding principle is centered on solving the most daunting financial challenge facing Americans today — retirement readiness. Working directly with clients and through a broad group of financial intermediaries, independent producers, affiliated advisors and dedicated sales specialists, Voya provides a comprehensive portfolio of asset accumulation, asset protection and asset distribution products and services. With a dedicated workforce of approximately 7,000 employees, Voya is grounded in a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time. For more information, visit http://voya.com or view our Voya Financial Interactive Company Profile. Follow Voya Financial on Facebook and Twitter @Voya.