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$5.9M for volunteers – Continuing old grants, giving new

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The UPS Foundation has committed an additional $5.9 million to its Volunteer Impact Initiative, tripling its investment in the program.

The initiative began in 1998 with five charter grantees, helping them to recruit and train volunteers. One of the original grantees, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, developed a new school-based mentoring model that retained 48 percent of its volunteers, as opposed to 29 percent for its traditional programs.

The nonprofits participating in the first phase of the project were Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, 100 Black Men of America, Junior Achievement, Inc., Points of Light Foundation and United Way of America, each of which used the funds differently. The UPS Foundation helped the groups engage more than 21,000 additional volunteers to serve nearly 215,000 young people.

With the additional money, the Atlanta-based foundation will award limited continuation grants to original recipients, new grants to national nonprofits and grants to local nonprofits in target communities. Recipients of new grants include the National Park Foundation, City Cares of America, and the Salvation Army.

For full text, see the UPS website.

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