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Comcast Foundation awards more than $500,000 to organizations across New England

News Release — Comcast Foundation
Dec. 18, 2013

Media Contacts:
Jessica Forrest

Laura Brubaker Crisco

Grants help expand digital literacy, promote community service and
build youth leadership skills

BURLINGTON, VT – December 18, 2013 – The Comcast Foundation announced today that it has awarded more than $500,000 in grants to 23 nonprofit organizations across New England in 2013. The grants support programs aimed at expanding digital literacy, promoting community service and building tomorrow’s leaders in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

Comcast partners with a wide range of established national and community organizations, leveraging their local expertise to deliver maximum impact to local communities and strengthening relationships in the neighborhoods, towns and cities they serve. A few of Comcast’s national partners include United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the National Urban League, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In 2013 the Comcast Foundation gave $222,000 to seven Boys & Girls Clubs, $69,000 to two Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations and $60,000 to four Urban Leagues across New England.

“Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Massachusetts are so grateful for the support and dedication that they receive from Comcast,” said Michael Goodwin, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. “As a result of Comcast’s generosity, tens of thousands of Club members have benefited from participation in Club Tech programs across the Commonwealth. We can’t thank Comcast enough for helping our kids and families be better prepared for the technology driven society that we live in. They truly have a head start on success thanks to Comcast.”

Andy Fleischmann, President and CEO of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, added, “We are very grateful for our partnership with Comcast and are excited about continuing it. Comcast’s generous financial commitment and the enthusiastic volunteer efforts of Comcast employees are clearly having a positive impact on children enrolled in our program, their families, and their communities.”

“At Comcast, we sum up our approach to community investment in one simple phrase: we power dreams in the communities we serve,” said Mary McLaughlin, Regional Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Western New England Region, which includes Vermont, Connecticut, and Western Massachusetts. “We’re proud to support these organizations that are working hard every day to make their communities better by playing an active role in the lives of their residents.”

The New England organizations receiving Comcast Foundation grants include:

Boys & Girls Club of Burlington (Burlington, VT) – $25,000
Boys & Girls Club of Rutland (Rutland, VT) – $25,000
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont (Montpelier, VT) – $15,000

Boys & Girls Club of Hartford (Hartford, CT) -$20,000
Boys & Girls Club of Waterbury (Waterbury, CT) – $25,000
Center for Latino Progress (Hartford CT) – $10,000
Concepts for Adaptive Learning (New Haven, CT) – $20,000
Nutmeg Big Brothers & Big Sisters (Hartford CT) – $30,000
Urban League of Hartford CT (Hartford, CT) – $10,000
Urban League of Southern CT (Stamford, CT) – $10,000

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (Boston, MA) – $25,000
Boys & Girls Club of Boston (Boston, MA) -$30,000
Boys & Girls Club of Holyoke (Holyoke, MA) – $22,000
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (Boston, MA) – $25,000
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (Boston MA) – $20,000
Lawrence Community Works (Lawrence, MA) – $12,000
Martha’s Vineyard YMCA (Martha’s Vineyard, MA) – $25,000
Massachusetts Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs (Plymouth, MA) – $75,000
Quincy Asian Resources (Quincy, MA) – $30,000
Urban League of Eastern MA (Roxbury, MA) $30,000
Urban League of Springfield (Springfield, MA) – $10,000

New Hampshire:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manchester (Manchester, NH) – $39,000
Women for Women Coalition (Manchester, NH) $24,000

In addition to support throughout New England, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $17 million in 2013 to nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves nationwide this year. Since 1999, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $140 million.

Comcast also responds to community needs through local sponsorships and in-kind support, such as airing public service announcements, employee volunteerism and providing technology equipment and services to organizations across the country.

For these and other community efforts, Comcast in 2013 was named one of the most community-minded companies in America by Bloomberg, the Points of Light Foundation and the National Conference on Citizenship. The Civic 50 is a comprehensive survey of S&P 500 companies that best use their time, talent, and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

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About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—promoting community service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $140 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at

About Comcast Cable
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq:CMCSA – News) ( is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.

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