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 Volume 13, Issue 37  |  May 7, 2021

Cox Charities awards $50K in grants to nonprofit organizations in OC

Cox Charities has awarded $50,000 in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations in Orange County and Palos Verdes to support initiatives that focus on youth, education, conservation, and the military. Laguna Beach Assistance League: Early Intervention Program was among the grant award recipients. 

A philanthropic arm of Cox Communications that is funded by employee donations matched by the company, Cox Charities is celebrating 20 years of giving in California in 2019.

“Our employees are passionate about giving back,” said Sam Attisha, senior vice president and region manager for Cox in California. “Being part of Cox Charities is one way they can do that, whether it’s awarding scholarships to high school students or funding local nonprofits through grants. This year is significant to our employees because it marks 20 years, and nearly $7 million, of giving back through Cox Charities. And our company supports their efforts by matching their donations so they can make an even bigger impact in the community.”

Cox Charities checks

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Cox Charities presents checks to 10 nonprofits in the area 

A diverse volunteer board of Cox employees oversees Cox Charities and its giving programs, which include nonprofit grants, awarding scholarships to high school seniors, and supporting programs and organizations focused on Cox Charities’ giving pillars. To date, Cox Charities has contributed nearly $7 million to local communities, including San Diego, Orange County, Palos Verdes, and Santa Barbara.

The 2019 nonprofit grant recipients in Orange County and Palos Verdes are:

--Audubon Starr Ranch: Community-based habitat restoration and youth science at Aububon Starr Ranch Sanctuary

--Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County: High School Bigs STEM Initiative in South Orange County

--Brackens Kitchen: Recovery Food and Community Feeding Program

--Child Creativity Lab: Adopt-A-School

--Homefront America: Giving Thanks to Heroes

--Human-I-T: Setup Program

--Laguna Beach Assistance League: Early Intervention Program

--Laurel House: Shelter for At-Risk Teens

--OC Rescue Mission: Tustin Veterans Outpost

--Peninsula Friends of the Library: Computer Bar Study Area for Students

Funded by employee payroll donations that are matched by the company, Cox Charities provide support to communities in Cox Communications’ service area by awarding scholarships to high school seniors, Innovation in Education grants to local schools, and grants to nonprofit organizations. A volunteer advisory board of Cox employees oversees Cox Charities and its giving programs. The committee evaluates requests based on the organization’s mission, programming, and written grant application. Cox Charities provides funding to initiatives that support the company’s philanthropic cornerstones of youth, military, education, and the environment. 

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