ATLANTA, July 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The UPS Foundation, which leads the global citizenship programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS), today announced it will award over $10 million in grants to advance diversity and inclusion programs this year. The grants will be awarded to 44 different organizations. They will help support programs focused on economic empowerment, education/scholarships, work training, and social and gender equality.

“We are honored to collaborate and fund organizations that drive measurable change around the world,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Advancing the diversity and inclusion movement is a cornerstone of our company’s values. Our support for initiatives that will make a real difference in people’s lives in our communities is an extension of our dedication to help advance social and gender equality around the globe.”

One of the grant recipients is the International Trade Center, a multilateral agency created by the World Trade Organization and the United Nations that contributes directly to 10 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including quality education, gender equality and decent work and economic growth. The UPS Foundation grant and partnership with ITC will be the centerpiece in the creation of the UPS Women’s Exporter Program, designed to train thousands of women in cross-border trading. This initiative will leverage a network of UPS partners including the Graça Machel Trust, Kagider Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey, Accion and Opportunity International to provide women entrepreneurs around the world with a unique network, platform, financing and UPS expertise to connect to markets.

Additional grant recipients include the following organizations:

Diversity and Inclusion through Economic Empowerment programs:

-- ACCION International to provide micro-loans to women in Nigeria who have participated in the UPS Women’s Exporter program and SheTrades. -- ASPIRA of America to expand its financial education program for Latinos. -- Council of Economic Education to train more K-12 teachers in New York City schools to help teach financial literacy to their students. -- Cuban American National Council to support its financial literacy and home buying workshops for low to moderate income households. -- Graça Machel Trust to launch the Women Cross Border Traders initiative and support the SheTrades program and the Women Advancing Africa Forum. -- National Center for American Indian Enterprise Developmentto develop Native Edge, an online business development and training system to support commerce between tribal nations, government and business. -- National Urban Leagueto support its Entrepreneur Center Program sites, which provide entrepreneurial skills and development assistance from mentors. -- Opportunity Internationalto provide micro-loans to women in Colombia who have participated in the UPS Women’s Exporter programs and SheTrades. -- National Urban Fellowsto help place the Class of 2019 National Urban Fellows.

Diversity and Inclusion through Educational Empowerment:

-- CHOICES Education Groupto increase school engagement and decrease the drop-out rate through virtual media that reaches 100,000 underserved teens. -- Council of Independent Collegesto enhance educational and career opportunities for underserved and underrepresented students at colleges and universities. -- Girls, Inc. toward its College and Career Readiness Initiative, which will reach at least 2,000 eighth grade and high school girls across the country. -- Leadership Conference Education Fundto provide fair wages for more diversity and opportunities for summer undergraduate interns. -- National Black Child Development Instituteto improve early childhood literacy levels to support academic and life success. -- Organization of Chinese Americanstoward its mentoring and leadership development programs. -- Peace Corpsto support the Peace Corps Partnership Project, a five-year program aimed at empowering and educating young women in 60 countries. -- Strive for Collegetoward its academic and financial aid application virtual mentoring platform to assist 100,000 students enter college. -- UnidosUS, formerly known as the National Council of La Raza, to support UnidosUS’s college- and career-readiness program, Escalera, and develop the Entre Mujeres program to empower Latina high school students. -- University of South Carolina - Darla Moore School of Business to create the UPS Global Scholars Program to increase the international diversity of business students. -- To provide scholarships for minority and underrepresented students through 100 Black Men of America, African Leadership Foundation, American Indian College Fund, Brigham Young University, Clark Atlanta University, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Morehouse College, Spelman CollegeandUnited Negro College Fund.

Diversity and Inclusion through Capacity Building programs:

-- Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to enhance its Knowledge Center website, which serves more than 250,000 deaf or hearing-impaired individuals. -- American Corporate Partner to support its mentoring program for transitioning military veterans as they enter the civilian workforce. -- Catalyst for Womento support their Inclusive Leadership Initiative and provide research and advisory support. -- Executive Leadership Councilto sponsor its Mid-Level Managers Symposium, which targets leadership development for high-potential African American candidates. -- Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibilityto provide sponsorship for key events, including the Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers Dinner. -- Human Rights Campaign Foundation to support its Workplace Project and the Global Workplace Equality Coalition. -- National Federation of the Blindtoward the Blind Parent Education Initiative, a new program that gives blind parents access to education, networking and support. -- National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peopleto provide support for the NAACP Youth Leadership Program and other general programs and events. -- National Organization on Disabilityto launch its Disability Inclusion Compact, a campaign to advance employment opportunity of people with disabilities. -- Special Olympics Georgiato recruit and mobilize a diverse volunteer network to foster growth and support of intellectually disabled individuals. -- The Viscardi Centerto aid with the placement of college students and recent military veterans with disabilities into paid, career-aligned corporate internships. -- Urban League of Greater Atlanta to expand workforce and career pathway training programs in partnership with regional employers. -- World Association of Guide Guides and Girls Scoutstoward continued support of leadership development and volunteerism initiatives with special focus on Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

Diversity and Inclusion through Human Trafficking Prevention:

-- Truckers Against Trafficking to support its anti-human trafficking education and training for members of the trucking industry in the U.S. and Canada. -- United Way Center for Human Trafficking and Slavery to create a community training curriculum for local United Ways to educate local agencies and community stakeholders about human trafficking.

For more information about UPS’s philanthropic and volunteerism efforts, please visit www.UPS.com/Foundation.

About The UPS Foundation

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation and @UPS Foundation on Twitter. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

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