12.27.2007Corporate

Verizon's Support for California Nonprofit Groups Exceeds $8 Million in 2007

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Verizon pledged more than $8 million to California nonprofits this year for programs that will combat domestic violence, improve healthcare and promote education in technology, literacy, the arts and culture throughout the state. 


Funding went to a diverse group of organizations including Peace Over Violence ($300,000), the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center ($99,000) and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles ($47,140).


The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications and one of the largest corporate foundations in the world, awarded more than $69 million in grants in 2006.


"Verizon has a long-standing tradition of supporting organizations that improve the quality of life in the communities we serve," said Tim McCallion, president of Verizon's West region. "The 273 nonprofit groups funded in 2007 all share Verizon's vision of creating opportunities for Californians to lead healthier, safer and more productive lives."


The grants awarded by Verizon in California in 2007 include:



  • Korean Health Education Information and Research Center - $85,000

  • Alameda County Family Justice Center - $57,500

  • Alliance for the Arts - $50,000

  • Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County - $50,000

  • Martha's Village and Kitchen Inc. - $50,000

  • Redlands Community Hospital Foundation - $45,000

  • La Maestra Family Clinic Inc. - $43,000

  • Wellness Community Valley Ventura Inc. - $42,000

  • Jenesse Center Inc. - $40,000

  • St. Bernardine Medical Center Foundation - $35,000

  • Victor Valley Domestic Violence - $35,000

  • Victor Valley Community Hospital - $30,000

  • Central American Resource Center - $25,000

  • East Los Angeles Women's Center - $25,000

  • Marin Services for Women - $25,000

  • San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center - $25,000

  • Youth Connection of Ventura County - $25,000

Verizon works closely with a variety of advisory groups and nonprofit organizations to identify local needs and to develop and nurture programs that address those needs through the philanthropic support of the Verizon Foundation. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis following a review of online applications. For more details, go to www.verizon.com/foundation


Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 63.7 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of nearly 238,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.


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