Voya Foundation Announces Fourth-Quarter 2015 Grant Recipients
NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA) announced today that eight nonprofit organizations located throughout the country have been selected in the fourth quarter to receive grants through the company's charitable giving arm, Voya Foundation.
The Foundation's fourth-quarter partnerships leverage relationships with local and national nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to making a positive impact in the areas of children's literacy and financial education, as well as through employee engagement and disaster relief. Below is an overview of fourth-quarter 2015 partnerships:
- INROADS (National) – Voya continues to support The INROADS Learning Summit's Financial Fitness Initiative. The summit will bring together 1,600 students from nearly 400 universities across the country to participate in financial-education-training programs geared for first-generation college students, especially those from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds.
- Legacy Foundation of Hartford (Hartford, Conn.) – The Legacy Foundation of Hartford's Legacy Exposure and Access Program, in collaboration with local public schools, provides afterschool programming focused on the city's North End – one of the local communities most in need. Program components include academic enrichment and tutoring, mentorship and guidance, and youth development opportunities available at no cost to students.
- Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) (Columbus, Ohio) – Administered by Scholarship America, another major Voya Financial partner, Voya scholarship given through OFIC will enable diverse Ohio students to pursue academic paths in finance and future careers in financial services.
- Happy Hearts (New York) – The Voya-Happy Hearts Fund School program will see employees from both organizations travel to aid in the rebuilding of a school from the ground up in a flood-prone area of Mexico and participate in cultural activities that support the local community. Happy Hearts rebuilds safe, resilient schools in areas impacted by natural disasters.
- Working in Support of Education (W!SE) (National) – Voya will continue its support of the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification program. A portion of the funding will go towards continuing the deployment of W!SE's nationally recognized financial literacy curriculum and certification at New York City schools. In addition, Voya Foundation and W!SE are dedicating a portion of 2016's funding package to the deployment of W!SE's curriculum in an additional location around one of Voya's other operating sites where W!SE was not previously active.
- Switzerland Point Middle School (Jacksonville, Fla.) – Support of the school's STEM lab, will enable it to meet Florida's increasing STEM proficiency requirements for young students. The partnership will expand the capacity of the school's computer labs so that all eighth-grade students have access to computer courses, which will further help to bridge the gap between middle and high school.
- Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – The funding will support the group's Destination Graduation program, which specifically targets and serves teens who are the most at risk for school failure. The program provides ongoing, critical support for a minimum of 60 teens who will benefit from the numerous educational and career-development programs that will guide them through high school graduation and encourage their continued success through post-secondary education.
- Richard M. Keane Foundation (Wethersfield, Conn.) – Support of the foundation's Everything Science is Keane program will encourage STEM learning through the implementation of educational science-center classroom programs in the community. The programs are a mix of science demonstrations and hands-on activities designed to spark students' scientific curiosity. All programs are directly aligned with Connecticut Science Framework standards.
Through charitable giving, 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 with Junior Achievement enables Voya Financial employee volunteers to teach Junior Achievement's award-winning financial education curriculum in K-12 schools across the country. At the core of Voya Foundation is the belief that education is the key to healthy communities, which foster the sustainability and growth of the economy.
As an industry leader and advocate for greater retirement readiness, Voya Financial is committed to delivering on its vision to be America's Retirement Company™ and its mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time.
About Voya Foundation
Voya Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in communities where Voya Financial® operates and its employees and customers live. 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 Financial®
Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings — to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya is a Fortune 500 company that had $11 billion in revenue in 2014. The company had $486 billion in total assets under management and administration as of March 31, 2015. With a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time — Voya's vision is to be America's Retirement Company™. The company is equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible — Voya has been recognized as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies, by the Ethisphere Institute, and as one of the Top Green Companies in the U.S., by Newsweek magazine. For more information, visit voya.com or view the company's 2014 annual report. Follow Voya Financial on Facebook and Twitter @Voya.
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