Corporate philanthropy and nonprofit news in the metro Augusta area.
Bechtel makes $25K donation to ForcesUnited
Engineering and construction firm Bechtel donated $25,000 to ForcesUnited in honor of Veterans Day as part of this year’s “11 to 11 Campaign.”
“This donation will go a long way and will help many brave men and women who have served our country. We appreciate Bechtel and its dedication to our veterans,” ForcesUnited CEO Victoria Hann said. Bechtel is responsible for construction of Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4 under the management of Southern Nuclear.
Wounded Warrior Golf Classic raises $7,500
Despite the cancellation of this year’s Aiken-Augusta Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Classic, Augusta’s Murphy Auto Group dealerships donated $7,500 to the committee to support veteran scholarships at area universities.
The 2021 tournament is scheduled for May 10 at the Woodside Plantation Country Club. Proceeds will fund supplemental scholarships at Aiken Technical College and the University of South Carolina Aiken as well as supporting a Christmas retreat for active-duty military families at Gravatt Camp and Conference Center.
Verizon retailer TCC gives for “Veterans Rock”
Verizon-authorized retailer TCC donated $2,500 to Forces United in Augusta as a part of the company’s fourth annual Veterans Rock program, which provided $60,000 to 24 veterans organizations across the country.
Forces United was selected by one of Indiana-based TCC’s local teams as a part of the company’s efforts to have its employees lead and execute its philanthropic initiatives.
Communities in Schools set $10K goal
Nonprofit school-support organization Communities in Schools announced a $5,000 gift from Textron Specialized Vehicles that will be used toward its $10,000 goal by “Giving Tuesday” on Dec. 1.
The literacy group is encouraging individuals and companies to contribute online at cisaugusta.org/help. A $12 gift can purchase two books; $25 funds four books; $50 pays for six hours of tutoring; and $100 provides 12 hours of tutoring.
Arts Council announces new fundraiser
The Greater Augusta Arts Council has announced a new fundraising campaign, #ArtCityAUG, to bring more public art to the streets of Augusta.
This campaign, with its tagline “Help make Augusta Your Favorite Arts Destination,” is centered on donations from unused 2020 travel funds. The organization is soliciting tax-deductible donations from corporations, businesses and individuals through Dec. 31 at gagives.org/story/Supportarts.
Pro golfer gives to pandemic recovery
French golf pro Victor Perez announced a COVID-19 pandemic relief initiative, GainsForGood, before his debut in the recent Masters Tournament.
The golfer pledged to donate $1,000 for every birdie and $5,000 for every eagle made during the tournament to the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund administered through the Community Foundation for the CSRA, which launched the fund in conjunction with the United Way of the CSRA earlier this year. Augusta National Golf Club contributed $1 million to the fund in March.
Atlantic Broadband lists toy drop-offs
Atlantic Broadband has pledged $100,000 in financial support and in-kind promotion to the national Toys for Tots program, and has provided drop-off locations for toys in Aiken.
Atlantic Broadband customers who donate a new, unwrapped toy at a dedicated Atlantic Broadband office location through Dec. 8 will receive a free Video On Demand coupon. In addition, toys can be dropped off at the following businesses: Cork and Cap; Betsy’s Round the Corner; Unique Expressions; and Vikki’s of Aiken.
Bank names Augusta Tech ’Neighborhood Champion’
Bank of America has named Augusta Technical College a Neighborhood Champion and is providing a $50,000 grant to support virtual leadership training to help advance economic mobility in the community.
The college has partnered with the bank for more than 15 years on workforce development initiatives. This year the bank has contributed more than $350,000 in grants to 20 nonprofits in the metro area, Aiken Technical College, Augusta Training Shop for the Handicapped, ForcesUnited and Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA.
SRNS contributes $27K to food bank
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions made a $27,000 donation to Golden Harvest Food Bank to support its mission across 25 counties in Georgia and South Carolina.
“For every dollar donated to Golden Harvest, we are able to distribute $9 in food across our two-state region,” Golden Harvest Executive Director Amy Breitmann said. “We’ve continued to find ways to feed those in need during the unprecedented challenges of this pandemic, thanks to the support of corporate partners like SRNS, their employee volunteers and so many other organizations in our region.”