The Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF) hosted its 15th annual “Numbers Too Big To Ignore" fundraiser luncheon this afternoon at the Georgia World Congress Center. The Foundation, which is dedicated to the work of empowering women and girls, annually brings together supporters from all sectors for this occasion, and today was no exception. In addressing the nearly 2,000 attendees, keynote speaker Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, proclaimed that, “The real drivers of economic power in the 21st century are not going to be China or India or any single nation...the real drivers of economic power will be women." He then revealed The Coca-Cola Company’s pledge of $500,000 to the Atlanta Women’s Foundation to support economic empowerment initiatives impacting Atlanta’s women and girls.
Supported through The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, the grant includes an economic empowerment challenge that through Oct. 27, 2012, will match dollar-for-dollar, up to $250,000, contributions made to AWF initiatives that help women develop tools and skills needed for economic self-sufficiency. The grant also includes $250,000 to support programs to empower girls between the ages of 8 and 18 to make positive choices about education, careers and lifestyle.
Since it was founded in 1986, The Atlanta Women's Foundation has granted more than $10 million to 250 nonprofit organizations. It awards grants to nonprofit organizations serving women and girls, develops leadership programs for women, educates the public on challenges facing women and girls and advocates on their behalf. The Coca-Cola Company has previously awarded nearly $800,000 to the Atlanta Women’s Foundation for sponsorships, general operating and program support.
To learn more about the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, and how you can support their initiatives, visit www.atlantawomen.org.