Deloitte donates to fund education in original COVID-19 hot spots

STAMFORD, Conn.—The Deloitte Foundation, the charitable arm of the global accounting and business advisory firm, announced the donation of $600,000 to nonprofit organizations in eight original COVID-19 hot spot locations across the country.

The intent is to assist those from underrepresented backgrounds and under-resourced communities, primarily students of color, to persist on pathways to college and career success.

The Foundation, whose mission is to help develop future talent through a variety of education initiatives, made these COVID-19 grants in response to the extraordinary disruption to student learning due to the pandemic and related economic fallout.

The grants are providing a variety of benefits, including college scholarships for graduating seniors; enhanced online content to accommodate virtual programming; broadband access for virtual online learning programs and internships; technology and technical support to help close the digital divide. In addition, the grants help fuel educator training to aid students who have experienced loss and adversity during the pandemic in building resilience as well as strategies to cope through new life circumstances.

The Foundation worked with leadership in eight key locations to identify and offer one-time grants to nonprofit organizations that support educational needs of underrepresented, under-resourced high school students with the potential to deliver significant reach with tangible, measurable results. Eighteen nonprofit organizations in Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, Northern/Central New Jersey, Philadelphia and South Florida received funds. In Detroit, the recipients were the Detroit Public Schools Foundation and the United Way for Southeast Michigan for the Tech Fund for Detroit’s Students.

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