GTE Foundation increases 1999 contributions budget to $30 million to support education, literacy and community programs.

IRVING, Texas -The GTE Foundation today announced it will distribute $30 million nationwide in 1999 for education and literacy programs, community-building initiatives and development of the 21st century workforce. This represents a nine percent increase in GTE's charitable giving over 1998 to support more than 4,000 nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.

The GTE Foundation, one of the country's largest corporate contributors to philanthropy, supports math and science education and literacy through grants to educational and community organizations and through its own programs. It also invests in charitable and nonprofit organizations in underrepresented communities.

"Our long-term investments are strategically designed to enhance education, solve community issues, and develop a future workforce that is both well-trained and highly motivated," said Maureen Gorman, vice president of the GTE Foundation. "As we move into the 21st century, 60 percent of the new jobs in this country will require advanced technological skills. GTE is doing its part to ensure that America's workforce has the intellectual skills required to compete globally."

GTE's leading national programs include:

  • GTE Family Literacy Program.
  • GTE supports the Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) by funding 44 technology learning centers nationwide, an annual GTE technology training institute, and the new LVA web site http://www.literacyvolunteers.org. With an estimated 40 million people in the United States classified as illiterate or semi-literate, GTE has made literacy a high priority, contributing more than $1.5 million to LVA over the past 10 years.

  • Scientific American Frontiers.
  • GTE is the sole underwriter of this television series, which is in its ninth season and is among the top-rated science series on PBS, attracting more than 10 million viewers each season. In 1998, Frontiers received the coveted Parents' Choice Gold Seal for Excellence and the Sagan Award for the Public Understanding of Science, presented by the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. GTE provides free instructional materials for each show to more than 150,000 classroom teachers, reaching approximately 20 million students annually. Teachers and students can access program information and communicate with scientists and host Alan Alda on line at http://www.pbs.org/saf/.

  • Growth Initiatives for Teachers (GIFT). For the past 16 years, GTE has presented $12,000 grants annually to 60 teams of math and science teachers for innovative classroom projects. The projects are designed to help students learn new technologies and experience day-to-day science and mathematics applications. Recipients and teachers interested in the program can access applications, communicate with each other and ask questions by contacting gift@gte.com.

  • National Urban League Black Executive Exchange Program
  • . GTE employees volunteer as visiting professors in historically African-American colleges to lecture in courses related to their own area of expertise. In 1998, GTE presented a $200,000 grant to support a BEEP project to strengthen college students' computer skills through hands-on experience in the classroom.

  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF)/GTE Summer Science Program
  • . Each summer, selected students and faculty at UNCF-supported schools attend a five-week learning experience at GTE Laboratories. The students and teachers interact with GTE scientists and have access to research data, educational and cultural resources, and information on a variety of career choices. The program is designed to identify and recruit minority college undergraduates who are interested in teaching careers in math and science.

    The GTE Foundation also contributes to arts, culture, health, and human services programs and is a major contributor to the United Way.

    With 1998 revenues of more than $25 billion, GTE is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies and a leading provider of integrated telecommunications services. GTE is also a leader in government and defense communications systems and equipment, directories and telecommunications-based information services, and aircraft-passenger telecommunications.

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