New effort will fund grassroots projects in 12 communities over next two years
Submitted by: FedEx Corporation
Posted: Jan 11, 2010 – 02:51 PM EST
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 /CSRwire/ - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced today a major investment by FedEx Corp. and its operating companies to provide much-needed support to America's urban ecosystems.
"When people think of cities, they usually don't think of fish and wildlife," said Jeff Trandahl, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's executive director, "but they're there, sometimes in very large numbers, and their health makes a big difference in the quality of residents' lives. FedEx and the Foundation both specialize in promptly delivering results, making this not only a natural alliance, but one that surely will improve conditions for fish, wildlife and people."
Working through a variety of programs administered by the Foundation, FedEx will provide funding on a competitive basis to projects that improve environmental quality in 12 urban communities over the next two years. Key to this initiative is the engagement of FedEx team members, who will work with grant recipients as volunteers, helping advance conservation projects in their local communities.
In 2010, FedEx volunteers will conduct projects in Los Angeles, Memphis, New York City, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. In 2011, projects will be added in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Seattle. Individual grants for projects in each city will be between $25,000 and $50,000.
"At FedEx, we are committed to connecting the world in responsible and resourceful ways both in how we do business and how we serve our communities," said Rose Jackson Flenorl, Manager of Global Citizenship at FedEx. "The launch of our collaboration with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an example of this commitment and will engage our greatest asset - our team members - in this vital work."
The first round of projects funded by FedEx will be executed in April 2010. Funding applications are now open for conservation projects in 13 U.S. cities in 2011. Complete information on the programs through which FedEx grants will be administered, including conservation priorities and application guidelines, is available at www.nfwf.org/fedex.
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $33 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 275,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an independent conservation leader that in 25 years has awarded 10,800 grants to more than 3,700 organizations. By building partnerships, the congressionally chartered Foundation has leveraged $635 million into $1.5 billion to sustain, restore and enhance fish, wildlife and plant populations.
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