Motorola Solutions Foundation Provides $9 Million in Grants
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The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, announced more than $9 million in grant funding to charitable and educational organizations 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 organizations, both through grants and employee volunteerism.”

This year, a review committee of nearly 300 employees helped choose the grant recipients — charitable and educational organizations 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 organizations 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.”

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.
• Hands On Technology (HoT) in Central Europe, which will introduce robotics, coding and more to children ages nine to 16. In small teams, 7,000 students will program an autonomous robot in the global FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition.
• Africa Fire Mission, which will help provide fire and safety training to local firefighters and community leaders to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of fire services in Kenya, Malawi and Zambia.
• Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (MEET) in Jerusalem, Israel, which will engage Israeli and Palestinian high school students in computer science and social entrepreneurship. Students will design, pitch and implement innovative technological projects addressing local community needs.

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