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The Coca-Cola Foundation Thanks U.S. Communities for 125 Years of Sharing Happiness


More than $6 Million Awarded to 31 Organizations in the U.S.

ATLANTA- As The Coca-Cola Company celebrates 125 years of sharing happiness throughout 2011, its philanthropic arm continues the Company’s heritage of giving back to the communities where it does business. During the first quarter of 2011, The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded grants totaling more than $6 million to 31 organizations across the United States. The grants were part of $20 million in grants given to more than 60 organizations around the world, with each focused on active, healthy living; water stewardship; community recycling; education and youth development; or community, arts and culture.

In addition, The Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola system awarded grants totaling $600,000 to assist with emergency relief efforts in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee following recent tornado and flooding devastation. Coca-Cola also delivered more than 28 truckloads of bottles and cans of water, juice, sports drinks and sparkling beverages to residents and relief organizations, in addition to assisting with community rebuilding efforts.

“Coca-Cola has been a proud part of the fabric of our communities throughout the United States for 125 years. Throughout our history, we have worked to bring a little happiness into the everyday lives of Americans and to support charities, colleges, universities and community organizations across the country. The Coca-Cola Foundation’s goal is to continue our Company’s great tradition of giving,” said Lori George Billingsley, Vice President, Community Relations, Coca-Cola Refreshments. “We can work together for another century and beyond by promoting and creating sustainable communities.”

Of the $6 million allocated, $342,000 supports active, healthy living initiatives;

$1 million supports water stewardship projects; $1.5 million aids community recycling efforts; $1.5 million supports education and youth development programs; and $1.6 million supports community, arts and culture programs.

Organizations receiving funding include:

Active, Healthy Living

-America SCORES - Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, $25,000
-Birmingham Athletic Partnership, Birmingham, AL, $10,000
-Good Sports, Quincy, MA, $100,000
-Marathon Kids, Houston, TX, $30,000
-New Mexico Centennial Foundation, Santa Fe, NM, $25,000
-Pinebelt Association for Families, Petal, MS, $37,000
-Rancho Los Amigos Foundation Inc., Downey, CA, $50,000
-The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, $20,000
-Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture, Atlanta, GA, $20,000
-Young Men’s Christian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta Inc., Atlanta, GA, $25,000

Water Stewardship

-Save the Harbor / Save the Bay, Boston, MA, $25,000
-The Nature Conservancy, Atlanta, GA, $1 million
-Water Environment Federation, Alexandria, VA, $25,000

Community Recycling

-Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful Inc., Baton Rouge, LA, $9,500
-The Ocean Conservancy, Washington, D.C., $1.5 million (multi-year grant of $500,000 annually through 2013)

Education and Youth Development

-American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, D.C., $55,000
-Atlanta Music Project, Atlanta, GA, $50,000
-Barrio Station, San Diego, CA, $50,000
-Christ the King School, Atlanta, GA, $50,000
-Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, $150,000
-Sphinx Organization Inc., Detroit, MI, $30,000
-The Arch Foundation for University of Georgia Inc., Athens, GA, $1 million (multi-year grant of $250,000 annually through 2015)
-The Georgia Charter Schools Association, Atlanta, GA, $50,000
-Truancy Intervention Project Georgia Inc., Atlanta, GA, $25,000
-Wesleyan School Inc., Norcross, GA, $50,000

Community, Arts and Culture

-Atlanta Historical Society Inc., Atlanta, GA, $1 million (multi-year grant to be paid annually through 2013)
-Atlanta Leadership Development Foundation Inc., Atlanta, GA, $25,000
-McComb Main Street Association, McComb, MS, $10,000
-National Black Arts Festival Inc., Atlanta, GA, $96,000
-Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center Inc., Atlanta, GA, $500,000
-United Way of Greater Houston, Houston, TX, $40,680

About The Coca-Cola Foundation
Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has donated more than $418 million to sustainable community initiatives across the globe.

About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, the world’s most valuable brand, the Company’s portfolio features 15 billion dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply and Georgia. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company’s beverages at a rate of 1.7 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at


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