AT&T Foundation Programs
The AT&T Foundation has been the main philanthropic arm of AT&T since 1984. Throughout its journey, it seeks to develop a link with the regions where it has its headquarters, aiming to improve the living conditions in the communities. The support focus is on education and technological development, civic and community service, art and culture and employee involvement. Among the programs created and supported by the Foundation, AT&T Believes, AT&T Presents: Untold Stories, AT&T Presents: Untold Stories, AT&T Society and AT&T Together stand out.
- AT&T Believes is one of the AT&T Foundation's largest philatelic social programs. Its objective is to raise the quality of life in the communities in which it has headquarters.
- The company connects to small local entities, collaborating with financing actions and attracting volunteers. The actions are diverse, resulting from local needs, such as the revitalization of historic neighborhoods and assistance to the homeless and unemployed.
- In September 2018, a team of AT&T employees interested in working in the Chicago area invited the Foundation, and the project started. Today they are acting in Los Angeles, Bay Area, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Phoenix, Seattle, together with Chicago
- The first step in the project's actions is to involve residents with AT&T volunteers. One of the local actions is the implementation of professional training posts, aiming at the reduction of the unemployment rate.
- In Chicago, where the project started, the goal of AT&T Believes is to improve the situation of 19 neighborhoods, due to the high rate of violence and unemployment, are marginalized. To this end, it invests in cultural promotion and professional training of the residents of the communities. They Invested in the Chicago Tribune's “Chicago Forward: Young Lives in the Balance”, and began a partnership with the Chicago Bulls, in the creation of a West Side's youth sports project, "Court of Dreams".
AT&T Presents: Untold Stories
- AT&T Presents: Untold Stories is one of the philanthropic art incentive programs created by the Foundation. One of the social values of the company is to create means to expand the audience of women working in the cultural area and is included in this project
- In partnership with Tribeca Film Institute, the AT&T Foundation grants US $1 million to women filmmakers or teams that demonstrate the financial need to produce feature films. The project also includes the orientation and distribution of the film.
- The program started in 2017, with the production of the film "Nigerian Prince", directed by Faraday Okoro. In its third edition, in 2019, it contemplated the production of "Black Hole", of a team composed mainly of women.
- Registration is free and the decision is made through a pitch, with no prior images required.
- AT&T Society is the company's institutional development program, which aims to engage its employees in local causes. It works as a way to make employees aware of the social issues around them, but it also aims to increase team spirit in the workplace.
- In 2018, approximately 31,000 employees offered more than 1,5 million hours of community activities worth more than US $35 million.
- The program started in 2009. Since then, more than 250 projects have been completed in 13 countries
- One of the main actions that compose this program is called ESCULEA +, and has already reached 9,356 people, in 9 countries in Latin America. The program volunteers assist in revitalizing and restructuring schools in undeserved communities.
- Some organizations benefiting from this program are Liberty House, The Art Station, Child Health, Audubon Center, DFW Humane Society and Special Olympics, Operation Gratitude, Promise House, and Texas SPCA.
- The AT&T Together is a technological initiative created by the foundation to encourage different philanthropic actions.
- The platform connects all options of activities related to social and environmental engagement, in the areas where AT&T is headquartered, simply and attractively. In this way, those interested in contributing to any cause, have the opportunity to choose by affinity.
- The program started in 2018 and, over the first year, 42,000 employees used it to seek opportunities to engage in social projects, donate to causes or participate in campaigns such as blood donation, for example.
- This project ended up arousing a strong level of engagement among the company's employees and expanded relations with residents of local communities.
We started our research by analyzing the AT&T Foundation website, to understand which programs they offer and in which areas they operate. We were successful in finding all the information requested. Then, we looked for the official websites of the programs described in the survey. AT&T Believes's program has a website for each area in which it operates, so we searched for information that could summarize the program as a whole. Information about the AT&T Society program is contained on the Foundation's home pages and detailed in the company's annual accountability report. We use these sources to increase the degree of detail about the actions carried out in the project. AT&T Society has its website, where we look for information for this research. The AT&T Together program is recent, appearing mainly in the company's annual report, witch has been our main source of content.