For more than a century, AT&T has been consistently providing innovative, reliable, high-quality products to its customers. From next-generation smartphones, to television services and sophisticated solutions for corporate clients, they have been driving innovation in the communications and entertainment industry with their team of highly-skilled engineers. Because of this, AT&T has connected people to the world they live in.
In addition to providing high-performance gadgets, AT&T also commits to another way of connecting to people – philanthropy. They invest in significant resources to improve education, empower communities and improve lives through initiatives and partnerships with their charitable arm, the AT&T Foundation. Historically, the foundation’s area of focus is on education, with a drive to help students succeed in school, in their future careers, and in their lives.
In 2008, the company launched AT&T Aspire, a faction of their foundation which confronts the high school dropout crisis. In America, nearly 25% of all students – the majority of which are visible minorities – fail to graduate with their class due to financial or personal reasons. AT&T Aspire aims to reverse this trend by supporting educators and identifying students’ problems, with the hope of providing long-term solutions.
AT&T’s Aspire program
Aside from this initiative, AT&T also partners with other organizations as an angel benefactor, one of which is the Andy Roddick Foundation, which AT&T awarded with $58,500. The Andy Roddick Foundation is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that also seeks to enhance educational and economic opportunities for all children – a goal similar to that of AT&T’s.
Other organizations working with AT&T are America’s Promise Alliance, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Civic Enterprises, Communities in Schools, Get Schooled, Junior Achievement, National Urban League, Roadtrip Nation and United Way.
With their contributions to charity, AT&T has been recognized as one of the big corporate donors from 2007 to 2009. They have continued their support to each of their causes all throughout the years, making them an admired leader in corporate social responsibility.