“The explosion in broadband and digital services generated by the companies we represent has been immensely beneficial to the lives of most Americans. We’re working to continue to extend those benefits to even more groups and individuals, and to harness the broadband revolution for the public good,” Michael Powell, president and CEO of NCTA, said in a statement. “We’re privileged to operate here in the nation’s capital, so it makes good sense to support local organizations as a way of giving back to the community we call home.”
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The charitable arm of the NCTA – The Internet & Television Association announced last week that it has partnered with three local nonprofits to provide a total of $325,000 toward inclusion-focused work in the digital realm. The three grants “are designed either to jump-start promising programs or super-charge existing initiatives,” according to David Pierce, executive director of the NCTA Foundation.
— BUILD Metro DC (@BUILDMetroDC) October 5, 2016
— Byte Back (@ByteBackDC) October 5, 2016
— A Wider Circle (@awidercircle) October 5, 2016
All three nonprofits have said they’ll put the money toward new tech-driven opportunities in support of their respective missions.
- Silver Spring-based A Wider Circle, which focuses on ending poverty, will use its $115,000 grant to “extend its Workforce Readiness Program by outfitting its soon-to-be-renovated headquarters facility with technology, including a computer lab.”
- Byte Back, already a digital inclusion-focused group, will use its $100,000 grant to create a video production studio as a way to expand its curriculum.
- BUILD Metro DC, finally, will put its $110,000 behind its central mission of enabling kids from under-served communities to learn coding, web design and entrepreneurship skills.
This grant program is a first for NoMa-based NCTA — an Association with the mission “to bring together diverse perspectives to forge and promote consensus so all our members can continue to drive the industry forward.” According to a press release, “the grants are designed to provide NCTA’s energy and resources to local initiatives and equip young people and families with tools to succeed in the digital world.”
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