Foundation Administers Grants to Organizations that Support the Development of Girls and Women in STEM Careers

Atlanta, GA – December 20, 2013 – The Atlanta-based non-profit association Women in Technology’s (WIT) philanthropic arm, the WIT Foundation, announced its annual grants to area organizations that support WIT’s mission to serve as passionate advocates for the support and development of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

The WIT Foundation focuses on pre-career programs that encourage girls and young women to pursue careers in STEM. The Charitable Giving Committee, comprised of board members and leaders from the WIT Foundation, considers applications from worthy organizations each year to receive funding for programs that further the organization’s mission.

“We are always delighted to see just how many organizations in Georgia are encouraging and supporting girls and young women who are interested in STEM careers,” said Denise Reese, member of the Charitable Giving Committee and incoming WIT Foundation President. “It truly takes a village to create a solid foundation for girls to get engaged and see what a bright future they can have by choosing a STEM career. Together, we are ensuring that girls in Georgia have that foundation, and are supported in their chosen career path.”

$30,000 was pledged to support these teams at the Georgia FIRST Robotics competition at the Peachtree Regionals:

  • Milton High School
  • Columbus High School
  • Grady High School
  • North Atlanta High School
  • Pope High School
  • Atlanta International School
  • Future Seekers: Glambots
  • Decatur High School
  • Walton High School
  • Northview High School
  • LEAD: Learners and Educators of Atlanta and Decatur

Also in 2013, close to $30,000 was awarded to the following organizations:

  • Cool Girls, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
  • Walton Robotics Foundation
  • STARS Computing Corp.
  • Henderson Middle School
  • Girls, Inc.
  • Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Southern Polytechnic State University
  • YWCA

For more information about WIT or the WIT Foundation, or to donate, please visit www.mywit.org.

About Women in Technology

WIT is a passionate advocate of women in Georgia’s technology community, reaching more than 1,000 professionals annually through programs such as WIT Forums and Careers in Action. WIT enables women to build strong networks, develop leadership skills and advance their careers. WIT’s premier events include the annual WIT Connect fundraiser and WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards. Through the WIT Foundation, WIT educates and encourages girls and young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with programs like Girls Get IT and WIT on Campus. WIT is a founding society of the Technology Association of Georgia. For more information, visit www.mywit.org.