November 15, 2002

SBC Foundation Awards Grants to Help Non-Profit Build Stronger Connections in Underserved Communities

The SBC Foundation today announced regional recipients of the SBC Excelerator competitive grants program, a philanthropic initiative for community-based organizations committed to building digital connections for underserved communities.

Through the program regional grant recipients, including nine in San Diego, Calif., have been awarded a total of $8 million in grants to support programs that use technology to improve education and community development.

In California, 56 charitable organizations received SBC Excelerator grants for their tireless and commendable contributions to their communities. Nine of those venerated organizations, which include Barrio Logan College Institute, Boys and Girls Club -San Marcos, Casa Familiar, Community HousingWorks, Elementary Institute of Science, NAACP -North County Branch, Neighborhood House Association, Pangea Foundation, and San Diego Community College Auxiliary Organization.

To qualify for an SBC Excelerator competitive grant, community-based organizations throughout SBC’s 13-state service area had to address one or more of the following three areas:

 Technology access -bringing advanced technologies to the underserved or increasing the organizational effectiveness of a non-profit through the use of advanced technologies such as broadband

 Technology education -providing basic Internet and computer application technology training for non-profits or community members served by non-profits

 Technology workforce development -providing training that will prepare individuals for today’s technology-centric jobs

“We developed SBC Ex-celerator to assist CBOs in building thriving, connected communities,” said Laura Sanford, president of the SBC Foundation. “SBC Excelerator will help increase technology capacity, joining people and communities to each other now and well into the future. “

In April 2002, as part of the SBC Excelerator launch, the SBC Foundation awarded two $1 million grants to national initiatives focusing on non-profit technology capacity building and technology workforce development. The two national grant recipients include NPower, which is spearheading a collaborative partnership of nonprofit technology assistance providers offering training and resources to community-based organizations- and the American Association of Community Colleges (MCC), in collaboration with Break Away Technologies, to provide fast-track IT training and to develop and implement new curricula for organizations committed to providing technology workforce training.

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