Grants: 2011

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2011 marked a year for change; the Foundation launched a new strategy supporting technology. This was the third year of the Wireless Innovation Project, where we not only selected a new set of outstanding winners, we also established relationships with community partners in order to enhance our program and provide professional development opportunities for our winners. We are very impressed with the caliber of applicants so far and are proud to support leaders in the wireless innovation field.

In addition we’ve started to align more with what Vodafone does best—wireless technology—by starting to support community organizations that utilize technology to make an impact (see Technology Grants below). This allows us to leverage our expertise and give back to the community in a constantly growing field.

Finally, our offices moved to Silicon Valley. We look forward to supporting the Peninsula community while we continue our work in the Denver Metro Area.

Our grants for 2011 totaled $1,218,733. This report lists all grants made by the foundation in the amounts of $5,000 or more. Please keep in mind that the following grants may not be indicative of future funding decisions.

2011 Grantees

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  • Strengthening Families Grants

    • Family Tree
      $10,000
      To support domestic violence programs
    • The Gathering Place
      $10,000
      To support general operations
    • Monument Crisis Center
      $15,000
      To support Food Pantry, Senior Moments, and after-school programs
    • Project Avary
      $10,000
      To support general operations
    • Sacred Heart House of Denver
      $5,000
      To support general operations
    • Warren Village
      $10,000
      To support general operations
    • Children’s Creativity Museum
      $10,000
      To support general operations
    • Total Families Grants
      $70,000
  • Youth & Children Grants

    • Aspiranet
      $5,000
      To support the Children’s Emergency Receiving Center
    • CASA of Contra Costa County
      $5,000
      To support children on waiting list
    • Denver CASA
      $5,000
      To support generation operations
    • Jefferson Center for Mental Health
      $5,000
      To support the School-Based Counseling Program
    • Junior Achievement of Northern California, Inc.
      $10,000
      To support the JA Social Innovation Camp
    • Larkin Street Youth Services
      $10,000
      To support Mental Health services for Emergency Services programs
    • Playworks – Denver
      $5,000
      To support general operations
    • Project PAVE
      $5,000
      To support general operations
    • Sewall Child Development Center
      $10,000
      To support general operations
    • Super Stars Literacy
      $5,000
      To support general operations
    • Total Youth & Children Grants
      $65,000
  • Leadership Development Grants

    • Juma Ventures
      $10,000
      To support development of CollegeSet, online platform
    • Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain, Inc.
      $5,000
      To support educational programs that focus on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship
    • Playworks Silicon Valley
      $10,000
      To support the Junior Coach Peer Leadership Program
    • YouthBiz
      $10,000
      To support core programs
    • Total Leadership Development Grants
      $35,000
  • Civic Participation Grants

    • Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization
      $10,000
      To support general operations
    • The Foundation Center
      $10,000
      To support general operations
    • Groundwork Denver
      $5,000
      To support general operations
    • Northern California Grantmakers
      $10,000
      To support general operations, CCR, ALF, and ELF
    • Total Civic Participation Grants
      $35,000
  • Urban & Community Issues Grants

    • Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
      $10,000
      To support the Holiday Food Drive 2010
    • Food Bank of the Rockies
      $15,000
      To support the Fresh Produce Purchasing Program
    • Michael Chavez Center for Economic Opportunity
      $5,000
      To support general operations
    • Second Harvest Food Bank
      $12,500
      To support the 2012 Share Your Lunch program
    • Wardrobe for Opportunity
      $5,000
      To support general operations
    • Women’s Bean Project
      $10,000
      To support the transitional employment program
    • Total Urban & Community Issues Grants
      $57,500
  • Arts Grants

    • Art from Ashes
      $5,000
      To support general operations
    • Colorado Ballet
      $10,000
      To support education and outreach programs
    • Diablo Regional Arts Association
      $10,000
      To support the Arts Access School Time program
    • Kala Art Institute
      $5,000
      To support the Artists-in-Schools program
    • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
      $10,000
      To support school, youth and family programs
    • Total Arts Grants
      $42,000
  • Special Projects Grants

    • United Nations Foundation
      $10,000
      To support general operations at the occasion of their gala
    • World Affairs Council of Northern California
      $10,000
      To support general operations
    • Total Special Projects Grants
      $24,425
  • Technology Grants

    • Inveneo
      $10,000
      To support general operations
    • ISIS, Inc.
      $15,000
      To support general operations
    • Santa Clara University
      $25,000
      To provide a scholarship for a mobile solutions entrepreneur enrolled in the GSBI Program
    • Special Olympics, Inc.
      $10,000
      To support the Technology Healthcare project for Team USA
    • The Unreasonable Institute
      $15,000
      To support general operations
    • ZeroDivide
      $10,000
      To support technology used for social impact
    • Total Wireless Innovation Project Grants
      $88,000
  • Wireless Innovation Project Winners

    • Columbia University – EnHANTs
    • University of California, Berkeley – CellScope
    • University of California, Los Angeles – CelloPhone
    • University of California, Los Angeles – 100 Million Stoves
    • The Kiwanja Foundation – FrontlineSMS:Credit
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sana
    • MIT Media Lab – NETRA
    • The Regents of the University of California – SMART Diaphragm
    • Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and the Global Health Committee – Cool Comply
    • Total Wireless Innovation Project Grants
      $741,590