Cox Communications will award more than $42,000 to nonprofits and schools in Baton Rouge through Cox Charities, which is funded by employees. The company received 104 applications from local teachers and nonprofits during its inaugural grant cycle, which took place this summer. A portion of the fund also helps employees with short-term financial assistance during unexpected and unavoidable financial hardships and emergencies.
Branded under the theme “Give Where You Live,” the unique, employee-giving campaign launched last fall in Cox’s Southeast Region, which includes: Acadiana, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Florida’s Gulf Coast, Central Florida and Middle Georgia. What’s more, the dollars raised in each market stay in the market in which they were generated via payroll deduction. Funds raised by local, Baton Rouge employees will benefit programs in Cox-serviceable areas within Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston and West Baton Rouge parishes
“Cox Charities is both funded and guided by employees,” said Anthony Pope, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Southeast region. “A local team of 12 dedicated employees read through every application and determined how the dollars would be invested back into the communities we serve. Our company and our employees are passionate about supporting programs that positively impact where we do business.”
Cox Charities was created to strengthen Cox communities by supporting programs in the areas of education, technology, social issues, conservation and the arts. Funds will be distributed in the form of Community Investment Grants and Innovation in Education Grants. Cox Charities does not replace the company’s regular giving and sponsorships; rather, this program is designed to supplement philanthropy efforts and involve employees in the decision-making process.
In the Greater Baton Rouge Area, the following organizations received grants as part of the Community Investment grants program:
– Assess the Need
– Baton Rouge Black Alcoholism Council’s Metro Health
– Crisis Intervention Center
– Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge
– Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
– Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge
– Kids Orchestra
– Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR)
– The Emerge Center
– Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS).
Winners of the Innovation in Education grants program included:
– Baton Rouge Center for Visual and Performing Arts (BRVPA)
– Baton Rouge Magnet High School
– Broadmoor High School
– Claiborne Elementary School
– Park Forest Middle School.
Community Investment Grants are designed to assist 501(c)(3) organizations with programs that benefit Cox Communications service areas. Innovation in Education Grants are designed to support classroom, school-wide, or collaborative educational programs, in any subject area, to promote students’ ingenuity and imagination.
“Our employees had a very difficult time making their award decisions. There are so many worthwhile organizations in Baton Rouge and we saw some very innovative classroom ideas as well. We encourage those who weren’t selected in 2016 to try again next year,” continued Pope.
For more information about Cox Charities, visit www.CoxCharitiesSoutheast.com.