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Learning Centers and Technology Resources to Assist Area Residents
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Feb. 9, 2007—The AT&T Foundation—the philanthropic arm of AT&T Inc.—today awarded the Agency for Instructional Technology and the Monroe County Historical Society with $49,911 and $7,881, respectively in grants.
The AT&T Excelerator grant given to the Agency for Instructional Technology (AIT) will support the creation of learning centers for individual or parent-child use in programs at the Benjamin Banneker Community Center. AIT is a leading developer and distributor of quality educational products, focusing on expanding the frontier of educational technology.
“The AT&T grant allows us to expand educational services for adults and children in our community,” said Chuck Wilson, executive director for AIT. “It is so important in this day and age to provide technology tools to support and improve educational opportunities.”
The Monroe County Historical Society will use the AT&T grant to support Web site technology for interactive exhibits at patron kiosks in the museum. The museum has more than 50,000 artifacts used for educational purposes to showcase cultural and natural heritage of Monroe County.
“Support from the AT&T Excelerator grant program enables us to enhance our technology resources in the museum,” said Jill Lesh, managing director of the Monroe County History Center. “The introduction of interactive computer kiosks in the museum and virtual exhibits online will make local history much more accessible to the community.”
Since 2002, the AT&T Excelerator program has provided more than 2,500 technology grants, valued at more than $38.8 million, to organizations across the country. In 2006, more than 480 regional and local nonprofit organizations received nearly $6 million through the competitive program. The AT&T Excelerator program is a key component of AT&T AccessAll, a three-year $100 million philanthropic initiative to provide technology access to the organizations that work to strengthen communities.
“Access to advanced technology is essential, as we work to continually improve our ability to leverage local education, economic development and quality of life initiatives,” said Rep. Peggy Welch. “I’m pleased to see these organizations and corporate citizens working together to help our community and local residents succeed.”
AT&T Excelerator is a major philanthropic initiative that helps nonprofits fully integrate technology into their ongoing operations and community outreach. AT&T Excelerator grants also help nonprofit organizations put technology tools into the hands of the underserved populations they work with, providing resources such as Internet access, computer training, math and reading programs, and job-skills development.
“Representative Welch and Mayor Kruzan should be applauded for their work advocating for technology access in underserved communities,” said George S. Fleetwood, president of AT&T Indiana. “For the last five years, the AT&T Excelerator program has underlined the importance of how technology can benefit communities and organizations. We are pleased to support these worthy organizations, and we salute them for empowering local residents.”
The 2006 AT&T Excelerator grants will help nonprofit organizations across Indiana and the U.S. improve their operations and build stronger communities through:
Since 1996, AT&T Inc. and the AT&T Foundation have contributed more than $439 million to nonprofit organizations across the country. With its strong giving record, the AT&T Foundation is among the five most philanthropic corporate foundations in the United States and was ranked by Forbes magazine as being among the most generous corporate foundations in 2006.
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About Philanthropy at AT&T
AT&T Inc. supports programs that strengthen communities; improve access to information technology and technology training; advance education; and enhance professional-skills development. In 2006, AT&T contributed more than $101 million through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T AccessAll, the company's signature philanthropic initiative, is a $100 million program that connects families and communities with technology that can improve lives. AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T, combine more than $1.8 billion of historic charitable commitment to communities across the country.
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