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UPS to invest nearly $8.75 million in Atlanta nonprofits

The UPS Impact Summit logo.

By Maria Saporta

During its first-ever UPS Impact Summit on June 20, the UPS Foundation announced three major initiatives to positively impact communities around the world.

The three announcements were focused on three geographic areas — Atlanta (where UPS is based), Ukraine and developing nations across Africa.

The UPS Impact Summit, held at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, coincided with the U.S. observance of Juneteenth and Pride Month. It explored the company’s ongoing commitment to advance diversity, equity and economic empowerment.

UPS, and its foundation, will invest nearly $8.75 million in Atlanta-based organizations aimed at workforce development, community safety, civic engagement and entrepreneurship.

The beneficiaries of UPS’ generosity include the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs; support for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights to provide diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training for community leaders as well as research to support the LGBTQ+ community; an investment in the Atlanta Police Foundation to support the At Promise Youth Centers; and 30 scholarships in the Atlanta University Center Consortium.

UPS also will support scholarships for students at Morehouse School of Medicine to continue their careers supporting health equity in underserved communities. Other initiatives are designed to elevate underrepresented populations, drive economic development and support Atlanta youth.

UPS CEO Carol Tomé in the lobby of UPS’ headquarters. (Photo by Maria Saporta.)

“UPS is a purpose-driven company,” Carol Tomé, CEO of UPS, said in a statement. “We move goods while also doing good — this is who we are in our hometown and in every community we serve. I’m proud of our Foundation’s approach to driving social impact here in Atlanta and around the world. We are delivering help and hope to those who need us most. Today’s announcements reflect the solid strategy and partnerships in place to get us there and beyond.”

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens applauded UPS for its efforts to promote DEI and for its investment in the community.

“The theme of this year’s UPS Impact Summit — equity and economic empowerment — is significant here in Atlanta,” Dickens said in a release. “Over the past decade, UPS has invested significantly in equity and economic empowerment here and abroad. These investments offer enhancements for customers, deepen work and communities, and provide new programs and pathways for employees… As we observe Juneteenth, we all have a role to play in promoting equity in our communities.”

The UPS Foundation also is doubling its humanitarian relief efforts for Ukraine, surpassing $2 million.

UPS has worked closely with Atlanta-based CARE, the Salvation Army, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Food Programme and other partners to provide relief to Ukrainians affected by the war.

These efforts include free transportation for medicines and medical supplies valued at $8 million, more than 1 million meals, 840,000+ pounds of relief supplies, and 90,000 blankets and coats for Ukrainian refugees.

UPS also is expanding its vaccine equity efforts in developing nations in Africa — building upon its success in distributing COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and other developing countries.

Nikki Clifton.

The UPS Foundation, UPS Healthcare and UPS Flight Forward are expanding their partnerships with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and Zipline to deliver vaccines and critical healthcare supplies to millions of people across Nigeria and Kenya.

Over the past two years, these organizations have worked hand-in-hand with UPS to deliver nearly 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses via drone to underrepresented populations, as well as rural and remote communities. These efforts have an immediate impact on health equity and the established healthcare infrastructure will benefit people for decades to come.

“Service is in our DNA at UPS, and equity is at the center of all we do through the UPS Foundation,” said Nikki Clifton, president of the UPS Foundation. “This combination puts us in a powerful position to use our size, scale, and know-how to deliver what matters in Atlanta and around the world.”

The UPS Impact Summit will feature several influential speakers including:

  • Jay Bailey, president and CEO of the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs
  • Deisha Barnett, president of global communications for UPS
  • Daniel Buezo, co-founder of Kids of Immigrants
  • Nikki Clifton, president of the UPS Foundation
  • Nicquel Terry Ellis, senior writer at CNN
  • Ayana Green, UPS vice president of U.S. marketing
  • Laura Lane, UPS executive vice president and chief corporate affairs officers
  • Stephanie Liu, co-founder and CEO of Xerophile Studios
  • Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League
  • Ingrid Orozco, CEO of ULead International
  • Tony Robinson, senior vice president of corporate social responsibility for Carters Inc.
  • Jill Savitt, president and CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Doug Shipman, president of the Atlanta City Council
  • Charlene Thomas, UPS executive vice president and chief DEI officer
  • Monica Villavicencio, co-founder of Xerophile Studios
  • Kevin Warren, UPS executive vice president and chief marketing officer
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Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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