NBCUniversal Awards Grants to 10 Social Impact Nonprofits (Exclusive) – The Hollywood Reporter

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The new partnerships are part of the multi-year, $100 million commitment Comcast made in June to combat institutional injustice and inequality.

NBCUniversal has identified 10 nonprofit organizations that are the latest beneficiaries of parent company Comcast’s multi-year, $100 million pledge to combat structural inequity and support education and training, particularly in the media industry, for the underserved.

“As one of the world’s largest media and entertainment companies, NBCUniversal has a responsibility to give back to our communities and help level the playing field so that underrepresented groups are afforded the access and skills needed to break into this industry and have opportunity for success,” NBCU executive vice president of corporate communications and social impact Hilary Smith said in a statement. “We are excited to partner with these nonprofits who share our commitment to promoting equity in the arts and media, as well as our goal to effect real, sustainable change.

Each of the 10 nonprofits will receive a grant from NBCU. In addition, the company worked with its volunteering and social impact program, Comcast NBCUnites, to create opportunities for employees to serve the organizations in various ways, including mentorship and board service. The 10 groups were selected because they address at least one of three key areas that NBCU has prioritized: equipping young creatives, strengthening communities and developing media and tech skills for populations who traditionally have not had access to such training. They are:

Build: Headquartered in the Bay Area with offices in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C., the organization offers a variety of curricula and programs, ranging from 30 lessons to four years, to develop entrepreneurship in middle and high school students.

Center for Black Innovation: The think tank originated in 2013 when the Black Tech Miami Initiative launched the youth coding enterprise Code Fever Miami, which rebranded as CFBI last August.

Entertainment Industry Outreach Program: In response to Hollywood’s pipeline problems, EIOP focuses on educating, training and recruiting talented students from HBCUs and other PMIs (Predominantly Minority Institutions) for careers in entertainment, media, sports, music and technology.


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