Sprint (NYSE: S) announced today that it will award three grants to
Atlanta-area non-profit organizations this year, totaling $50,000.
Grants will be awarded in the amounts of $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000
through the Sprint Foundation, Sprint's philanthropic arm, as part of
the Sprint Local Giving Program. This is the fourth year Sprint has
offered this type of program to Atlanta non-profits.
"We have been incredibly pleased with the caliber of applications we've
received from Atlanta since we first launched this program in 2009,"
said Debby Ballard, director of Community Affairs for Sprint. "I am
excited to see the sorts of dynamic, creative ideas the local non-profit
community is planning for 2012."
How the Sprint Local Giving Program works
The Sprint Local Giving Program provides one grant each to three Atlanta
501(c)(3) organizations in support of programs that provide a meaningful
impact in Sprint's philanthropic focus areas of youth development
(including mentoring, leadership and academic achievement), arts and
culture, and environmental stewardship. Eligible organizations must be
located in the Atlanta area (Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb,
Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and
Rockdale counties). Additional eligibility requirements can be found at www.sprint.com/localgiving.
Nominations for the Sprint Local Giving Program will be accepted between
9 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, May 1, and 6 p.m. Eastern time on
Friday, June 15, at www.sprint.com/localgiving.
Sprint will then review all applications and notify the three finalist
organizations, each of which will receive one of the three available
Atlanta grants - $25,000, $15,000 or $10,000. Sprint will also provide
the three finalists with video-capable Sprint mobile phones for a
three-week period. The three finalists will use these devices to create
short videos highlighting the programs for which they are requesting
funding. These videos will be judged by Sprint to determine which level
of funding will be awarded to each organization. (Additional details
about the video will be provided to the finalist organizations at the
appropriate time; organizations applying for a Sprint Local Giving
Program grant should not submit video applications until they've
received instructions from Sprint.)
By the end of September, Sprint will notify the finalist organizations
which level of funding they have received. A local reception will be
held near the end of the year, during which Sprint will present the
Local non-profit organizations can learn more about this program at www.sprint.com/localgiving.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 55
million customers at the end of 2011 and is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including
the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United
States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid
brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance
Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities;
and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No.
3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation's greenest
companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn
more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com
John D. Adams, 913-315-3903