Grants support students, teachers, first responders and community members in more than 30 countries
CHICAGO – Nov. 6, 2017 – The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI), today announced more than US$9 million in grant funding to charitable and educational organisations around the world. The grants will impact 3.4 million students, teachers, first responders and community members, with a focus on women, underrepresented minorities, people with disabilities and veterans.
“As a technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know our responsibility to support and educate goes beyond the workplace,” said Matt Blakely, Motorola Solutions Foundation executive director. “We are proud to support the work of so many organisations, both through grants and employee volunteerism.”
This year, a review committee of nearly 300 employees helped choose the grant recipients – charitable and educational organisations in more than 30 countries that focus on public safety and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
“By incorporating input from our global internal review committee, we were able to choose organisations that had a strategic connection to our company,” added Blakely. “We relied on our employees to tell us how the grants would impact the communities where they live and work.”
Examples of 2017 grant recipients include:
- The National American Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign, which will enable the installation of smoke alarms and batteries in at-risk neighborhoods in Illinois, Florida and California.
- The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, which will deliver a suicide prevention seminar for police officers and implement more effective suicide prevention practices in everyday law enforcement.
- FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics, which will provide approximately 2,000 students with hands-on opportunities to apply math and science concepts to design, build and test robots in the United States and four other countries around the world.
- The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF), which will provide educational programming focused on problem-solving and application of STEM skills for middle- and high school-students.
- Search and Rescue Unit Foundation’s National Training Caravan – Advocacy Training Program, which will offer disaster relief education for local communities in the Philippines. Team leaders in every participating family will be trained to save their families in the event of a disaster
- Penang Science Cluster (PSC) in Malaysia, which will support hands-on technology and engineering programming for students and teachers. Students in the program will learn design thinking and coding as they build prototypes to solve community issues.
Australia Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities (AFAC) Council Knowledge Event Series AFAC hosts public safety education events for adult frontline responders, including volunteers. The series attracts an average of 100 delegates per event. Motorola Solutions Knowledge Innovation Awards are open to all AFAC members in Australia and New Zealand and are presented during the AFAC Conference which attracts over 2000 participants.
Crime Stoppers Queensland Limited Crime Stoppers’ new mobile application provides an update to its presentation materials to renew visits Queensland schools and educate students about the app and how they can play a role in helping to keep their local community safe.
Crime Stoppers Tasmania Crime Stoppers Week is a major program designed to encourage and empower Tasmanians to join Crime Stoppers in its mission to assist and support crime solving. It seeks to do this by helping Tasmanians recognize that they play an integral part in keeping their community safe. The program raises awareness of particular genres of crimes in Tasmania and encourages the community to engage with Crime Stoppers Tasmania to help solve and prevent these crimes.
Crime Stoppers Victoria Limited (CSV) The CSV Community Safety Forums capitaliSe on over 30 years of experience in delivering public safety education and crime prevention campaigns. These educational workshops are designed to equip individuals with the information and tools necessary to make their homes and communities safer places. Each forum will provide guidance on how to make their homes secure, prepare for unexpected emergencies and strengthen the safety of their community.
Visit the Motorola Solutions Foundation website to see the full list of US and international grant recipients.
About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming.
For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/giving.
Sara Weitz, Motorola Solutions