McLEAN, VA – The TEGNA Foundation, the charitable foundation sponsored by TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA), today announced a total of 236 new community grants to advance the greater good in 39 local communities. Directed by TEGNA’s local stations, the latest round of community grants address pressing community needs, including social services for vulnerable populations (26%), education issues and programs (22%) and community hunger (11%). Other areas of focus span improving health and wellness, arts and community development, supporting at-risk youth, workforce development and environmental issues.
Over the past three years, TEGNA Foundation Community Grants have supported more than 1,000 organizations based in the local markets served by TEGNA-owned stations across the U.S. During that time, more than $5,000,000 has been invested in community nonprofits where TEGNA does business and where its employees live.
“In addition to bringing our communities together through impactful storytelling, we are proud to partner with organizations to provide meaningful support and funds to local causes where we live and work,” said David Lougee, president and CEO, TEGNA. “It is our passion and duty to not just report on the issues that affect our communities, but to be a positive force to help find solutions.”
Grants to local nonprofit organizations are recommended by stations in TEGNA markets across the U.S. and include:
- Assisting Vulnerable Populations – 86 grants support programs focused on the elderly, the homeless, families in crisis, those with developmental disabilities, those who have experienced trauma or abuse, foster children and former or current prison inmates.
- Improving Literacy Rates – 72 grants support improving adult and childhood literacy including buying books for public housing residents, working with AARP to train volunteer tutors for students in grades K-3 and coaching adults in basic reading skills or ESL.
- Feeding the Hungry – 36 grants support local organizations targeting hunger and include efforts to provide healthy weekend and summer meals for food insecure children and initiatives like “9Cares and Colorado Shares” at KUSA (Denver), which for 36 years has been the region’s largest single-day food drive, collecting food for more than 100 Colorado food banks.
A total of 336 community grants have been made this year, including 100 announced in June 2018, supporting TEGNA’s goal of serving the greater good of its communities. The final grants are approved by the TEGNA Foundation Board of Directors. A full list of this round of 2018 TEGNA Foundation community grants is available here.
In addition to its Community Grants, the TEGNA Foundation also supports the broadcast media industry through a national Media Grants program. For more information on the TEGNA Foundation, and how to apply for its grant programs for 2019, go to www.TEGNAFoundation.org.
TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. With 47 television stations and two radio stations in 39 markets, TEGNA delivers relevant content and information to consumers across platforms. It is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching approximately one-third of all television households nationwide. Each month, TEGNA reaches 50 million adults on-air and approximately 30 million across its digital platforms. TEGNA has been consistently honored with the industry’s top awards, including Edward R. Murrow, George Polk, Alfred I. DuPont and Emmy Awards. TEGNA also delivers innovative and unparalleled solutions for advertisers through TEGNA Marketing Solutions (TMS). TMS is a one-stop shop that helps businesses thrive through an unmatched suite of services and solutions that reach consumers across television, email, social and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA’s OTT advertising service. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.
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