Since 2005, PepsiCo, and its foundation have donated more than $600 million in cash and product to qualified nonprofit agencies working in the environmental, educational, civic, arts, and the health and human service fields.
The PepsiCo Foundation is the founding private-sector investor in Diplomas Now, a program that "helps the toughest middle and high schools in America's largest cities ensure that students graduate ready for college or career. It is the first fully integrated approach that improves a school's curriculum and instruction while it provides the right students with the right support at the right time."
Diplomas Now works with schools to match each at-risk student with a caring adult who has the capability and tools to improve student achievement levels. For students requiring more assistance, Diplomas Now helps form support groups and connects them with community resources that can assist with counseling, health care, housing, food and clothing.
As a result of this proven, nationally-recognized program:
- students receive a diploma that can propel them forward to the next stage of their lives;
- teachers are able to focus on teaching because they are aided by adults who support students' social and emotional needs; and
- schools are able to raise achievement scores and graduation rates.
The PepsiCo Foundation has fueled the expansion of Diplomas Now to 12 cities including Washington, D.C., Detroit, San Antonio, New York and Baton Rouge. During the 2012-2013 school year, the program aided more than 35,000 students.
Los Angeles Plaza de la Cultura y Artes
In partnership with the Los Angeles Plaza de la Cultura y Artes, a PepsiCo Foundation $1 million grant has supported the development and of an "Edible Teaching Garden" and Culinary Arts Program in the heart of Los Angeles.
The program seeks to teach Mexican and Mexican-American children about the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables in an imaginative way, as they learn about Mexican-American history and culture.
The 30,000 square foot Edible Teaching Garden features a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. Daily food and nutrition classes are held to educate children living in the surrounding area, many of whom live below the poverty line. Tools are also provided that enable participating children to bring information home to their families.
The program is fun and engaging, and challenges children to assume personal ownership of their health through smart food choices.
Through the partnership, more than 7,000 students to date have received transportation to the center and cultural and educational experiences.
The Earth Institute's Columbia Water Center
In 2008, the PepsiCo Foundation provided a $6 million grant to The Earth Institute's Columbia Water Center (CWC) to support a number of water initiatives designed to bring safe water to underserved communities in water stressed.
Through the extraordinary efforts of strategic grant partners such as the CWC, which facilitate collaboration with communities, farmers, universities, corporations and government agencies, the Foundation has supported the development, testing and delivery of innovative and low-cost solutions to water scarcity challenges around the world.
By the end of 2012, these initiatives had provided safe water to more than 3 million people in Brazil, China, India and Mali. Through our continued efforts, PepsiCo seeks to partner to provide access to safe water to an additional 3 million people by the end of 2015.
In collaboration with best-in-class grant partners, PepsiCo pursues six strategic imperatives that help local communities build and secure strong futures. These imperatives are:
Encourage Healthy Lifestyles - Educate communities about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity with a focus on family and community as primary influencer.
Improve Availability of Affordable Nutrition - Develop nutritional solutions for underserved communities and increase access to healthy food.
Access to Water - Provide underserved communities in water-stressed regions access to safe water and leverage access solutions to advance other imperatives.
Enhance Sustainable Agriculture Capability - Utilize expertise to advance farming practices in underserved communities to enhance the livelihoods of farmers.
Enable Job Readiness - Support education and training programs that help students graduate, and help underserved students maximize their learning and earning potential.
Empower Women and Girls - Support programs that empower women economically, and build literacy skills and self-esteem among girls.
2012 Global Citizenship GivingIn Millions
Total Citizenship$99 Million
2012 Foundation DisbursementsIn Millions
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Total Foundation$26 Million