Sarah Heimlich, a young engineering student with a bright future, credits a robotics competition with changing her life.
“I started off as a very shy, quiet 10-year-old who would literally hide behind my mom at the grocery store. I didn’t really have any ambitions in life, and I had no passion. Today, I’m a fourth-year engineering student who’s interned at Google,” she said.
Sarah is a participant of FIRST, an international program to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders. The program is supported by Ford. It’s one of many nonprofits that the global automotive industry leader funds through a grantmaking partnership with GlobalGiving.
As part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives, the Ford Motor Company and Ford Fund provide more than $37 million annually in grants to nonprofit organizations, and the company is well known for its social impact. In 2014, Ford was recognized as one of the world’s most ethical companies by Ethisphere for the fifth year in a row, and it made Corporate Social Responsibility magazine’s list of 100 Best Corporate Citizens in the U.S. Still, the company wanted to do more. Ford has facilities across six continents and operates in 77 countries worldwide, and it felt its grantmaking program should match the scale of its growing global operations. Ford turned to GlobalGiving for help.
GlobalGiving now facilitates and supports Ford’s grantmaking process from beginning to end. In partnership with Ford, GlobalGiving:
“Through our continued partnership, GlobalGiving facilitates giving for Ford to vetted and trusted local charities, and enables us to successfully invest in the global communities in which we do business.”
—Mike Schmidt, Ford Director of Education + Community Development
In the first year of its partnership with GlobalGiving, Ford donated $1 million to nine nonprofit partners in China, India, and Brazil. Three years later, Ford has dramatically grown its program, pledging $5.6 million in 2014 to more than 100 grantees in 30 different countries, with plans to continue growing in the coming years. On the receiving end: Future leaders like Sarah who couldn’t be more grateful for the support.
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