Avascent Supports Racial and Social Justice Organizations in Charity Challenge

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As part of its Avascent Gives campaign, Avascent is pleased to support organizations fighting for racial justice, addressing educational inequality, and helping those in need.

During these difficult times in a world racked by the COVID-19 crisis, Avascent staff around the world challenged themselves to increase our support for local organizations on the front lines of our communities.

In particular, at this moment in which global protests against police brutality and racial injustice have prompted unprecedented attention,

Avascent and its staff felt compelled to invest in organizations working for racial equity across education, the legal system, and the job market, launching a companywide charity challenge that significantly exceeded our targets for combined employee and company contributions.

Following this successful fundraising campaign, Avascent is honored to highlight the incredible missions of these organizations.

DC Education Equity Fund (Washington, DC)

DCEEF was created during the COVID-19 pandemic by local organizations Greater Washington Community Foundation, Education Forward DC, and DC Ed Fund in response to a clear lack of distance learning resources.

Its mission is to ensure children in DC’s underserved communities – which are overwhelmingly Black and Hispanic – have access to a great education by providing tablets, laptops, broadband access, and more.

So far, over $1.5M in grants have been distributed as flexible funds for schools to deploy.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund (U.S.)

LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.

Donations and efforts focus on protecting the voting rights of minorities, ensuring high-quality public education, and advocating for criminal justice and policing reform.

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust (London)

Founded in legacy of Stephen Lawrence, killed in an unprovoked racist attack in 1993, the Trust works across schools, community groups, and workplaces to tackle inequality in all its forms, to improve social mobility, and to help young people from ethnic minorities to reach their potential.

Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa (Ottawa)

The Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa helps at-risk children and youth across Ottawa for nearly 100 years.

During the pandemic, the Boys & Girls Club is supporting purchase of connected devices/support IT infrastructure for at-risk children to ensure continued education.

Les Restaurants Du Coeur (Paris)

Restos has provided access to free meals for those in need, as well as support for emergency housing and social and economic integration since 1985.

In 2018-2019, 133.5 million free, balanced meals were distributed by 73,000 volunteers to 900,000 people in need.

Recognizing the urgency of this worldwide movement against pervasive and systemic racism, Avascent is elevating Racial Equity and Justice as one of the core pillars of our charity efforts moving forward, alongside our missions of Community Engagement and support for Military Servicemembers, their families, and veterans.

We look forward to continuing to support these great organizations and encourage others to support all groups seeking to create a better and more just and equal world.

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