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Nissan Foundation launches 2021 grant cycle to build inclusive communities through education

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Established in 1992, the mission of the Nissan Foundation is to build community through valuing cultural diversity. The Nissan Foundation is part of Nissan North America's commitment to enrich people's lives by helping to meet the needs of communities throughout the U.S. through philanthropic investments, corporate outreach sponsorships and other charitable contributions.
Established in 1992, the mission of the Nissan Foundation is to build community through valuing cultural diversity. The Nissan Foundation is part of Nissan North America’s commitment to enrich people’s lives by helping to meet the needs of communities throughout the U.S. through philanthropic investments, corporate outreach sponsorships and other charitable contributions.
Established in 1992, the mission of the Nissan Foundation is to build community through valuing cultural diversity. The Nissan Foundation is part of Nissan North America’s commitment to enrich people’s lives by helping to meet the needs of communities throughout the U.S. through philanthropic investments, corporate outreach sponsorships and other charitable contributions.
  • Since 1992, the Nissan Foundation has awarded more than $12 million to more than 150 nonprofit organizations committed to promoting cultural awareness and understanding

  • The Nissan Foundation annually awards grants to nonprofits in California, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Tennessee and Texas

  • Deadline to submit Letters of Intent for 2021 grant cycle is November 13, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In an effort to support organizations educating our world about the benefits of living and working together in a diverse society, the Nissan Foundation today announced it is accepting Letters of Intent for its 2021 grant cycle. Each year, the Nissan Foundation awards grants to nonprofits who serve communities surrounding Nissan’s affiliate locations in Southern California, Middle Tennessee, Central Mississippi, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, New York and Atlanta. Now in its 28th year, the foundation’s mission is to support education programs that help people see the world through multiple perspectives.

“The work our grantees do day in and day out to foster dialogue around race relations and to promote cultural diversity has never been more important,” says Parul Bajaj, executive director, Nissan Foundation. “The Nissan Foundation is

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Fletcher Fund launches to support students from underserved communities in pursuing higher education

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Fletcher Fund launches to support students from underserved communities in pursuing higher education

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ATLANTA, Oct. 7, 2020

Funders Christian Fletcher and Amber Fletcher seek to break cycle of inequality through education

ATLANTA, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Fletcher Fund for Equality and Education announced today it will begin accepting applications in the coming months from exceptional students from underserved communities as they pursue opportunities in higher education. The fund will provide scholarships, mentorships, and other critical support to each selected student. The goal is to break down potential barriers preventing them from pursuing higher education at the top colleges and universities their achievements deserve.

The Fletcher Fund seeks to the break cycle of inequality experienced by the underserved through education.

The fund will initially focus on high schools in Mobile, Alabama, the hometown of founders Christian and Amber Fletcher, who both came from working class families, but achieved great success through higher education. Christian Fletcher and his wife Amber Fletcher are now the CEO and COO, respectively, of LifeBrite Laboratories and LifeBrite Hospital Group. Both were motivated to give back to their communities at a time when the injustices of inequality are pronounced and prominent.

“As inequalities that have hampered the U.S. for most of our history come to the forefront of public attention with undeniable clarity,” says Christian Fletcher, “we want to catalyze a generational cycle of education, wealth, and leadership that uplifts communities of mutual support.”

The couple wanted to go beyond giving scholarships, because their personal experience proves tuition alone wouldn’t be enough to set students up for success. Amber Fletcher, who attended University of Alabama at Birmingham, remembers facing many additional costs upon acceptance.

“Students in these circumstances need more than tuition,” she says. “Without

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Exide’s latest bid to avoid additional liability for poisoning L.A. County communities

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For decades, the negligent operators of Exide Technologies, a battery recycling facility, emitted lead, arsenic and other toxic contaminants into people’s homes, communities and the environment.



a close up of clouds in the sky: In 2015, Exide Technologies agreed to close this Vernon recycling plant permanently. But cleanup goes on. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)


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In 2015, Exide Technologies agreed to close this Vernon recycling plant permanently. But cleanup goes on. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Hundreds of millions of dollars, much of it fronted by taxpayers, has been spent on cleanup so far, and the extent of the toxic devastation caused by the company still isn’t fully known. Yet Exide is asking for — and may well receive — permission to walk away from all future liability.

Ever since the contamination was discovered, Exide has worked to evade its full responsibility to Californians. The company failed to comply with environmental regulations, then largely escaped liability for its actions by hiding behind a 2015 non-prosecution agreement it entered into with the federal Department of Justice. It failed to complete a court-ordered study to determine the extent of its pollution. And now it is attempting to use the bankruptcy process to abandon the Vernon facility completely.

California is facing an uphill battle to prevent Exide’s latest move, because bankruptcy laws are firmly stacked in favor of corporate polluters. And the federal DOJ has made clear it intends to sit by and allow Exide to abandon its toxic Vernon facility.

If this happens, the affected communities around the plant will have been harmed once by Exide, then again by federal bankruptcy laws

If Exide is allowed to abandon the site, this highly contaminated property will be left with no owner capable of securing the site and continuing to clean it up. If not properly managed, the shuttered facility could release lead dust into surrounding neighborhoods. Effectively, the site