The votes are in, and four nonprofit organizations tackling sex trafficking, promoting clean water, supporting education for girls and helping U.S. veterans have each been selected to receive $50,000 grants from the NVIDIA Foundation, our employee-led corporate foundation.
It’s no wonder our High Impact Grant Program, which has awarded nearly $1 million to more than 20 organizations in its five years, is one of the foundation’s biggest and most popular initiatives. It keeps employees engaged every step of the way: they’re the ones who nominate the organizations, review grant applications and vote on who receives the grants.
This year, NVIDIANs around the world nominated 71 organizations from 17 countries. More than 35 employees sat on the review committee and narrowed down the submissions to 10 finalists.
More than 2,400 NVIDIANs then took to the virtual voting booths to make the four organizations below this year’s High Impact Grant Program recipients.
Aqua Clara International
Aqua Clara International (ACI) works to establish sustainable, locally owned businesses that provide affordable, clean water and other health products for families in Kenya living on less than $2 a day. Our grant will help ACI train staff and affiliates to promote good practices for water, sanitation and hygiene in schools and households, and to create water sanitation centers and businesses, ultimately providing over 5,500 people with clean water.
The Mahindra Foundation’s Project Nanhi Kali provides educational scholarships for girls to encourage them to attend school. Education correlates with reduced chances of child and maternal mortality, improved child nutrition and health, as well as better economic production and female empowerment. Our grant will help educate 185 underprivileged girls in grades 6-10 for three years, improving their future prospects.
Prajwala works to halt sex trafficking by partnering with groups dedicated to preventing and prosecuting the illegal trade. Prajwala also helps heal victims of sexual slavery and reintegrate them into society. Our grant will serve 150 victims by helping expand Prajwala’s approach to sex-trafficking rehabilitation, which creates healing environments for adult victims; provides literacy classes, livelihood training and life skills education; and facilitates civic empowerment and social reintegration.
Veterans Supportive Services Agency
Silicon Valley, California, USA
The Veterans Supportive Services Agency, Inc. (VSSA) provides lifetime supportive services to Silicon Valley veterans and their families, allowing them to live with independence and dignity. Our grant will allow the VSSA to hire two part-time staff to help 200 veterans file claims for compensation and benefits, and strengthen a program that recruits others to support veterans.
We know they’re going to have a transformational impact on the people they serve.
Update: We’ve removed a link to Aqua Clara’s web site because it redirected users away from that site and to a third-party Web site that could potentially expose users to a virus.