NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 1, 2016) - The PIMCO Foundation, the philanthropic arm of global investment management firm PIMCO, has awarded more than $1.9 million in grants to 72 organizations serving some of the most at-risk populations.

"Through the PIMCO Foundation, our firm and our colleagues seek to make an enormous difference in our communities. We want to use our time, skills, and financial resources to create real social value," said Emmanuel Roman, Chief Executive Officer of PIMCO, and President of the PIMCO Foundation. "Since inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $29 million to our nonprofit partners -- organizations that are solving complex social problems around the world. And this year, we are once again inspired by our list of grantees and delighted to contribute to their missions and impact."

The Grants Program aligns with the PIMCO Foundation's mission to Engage, Empower and Invest in individuals and communities across the globe.

In the Critical Community Needs category, the Foundation seeks to support organizations that are addressing economic instability in Orange County and the New York Metro Area.

Specifically, the community indicators the Foundation focused on were:

  • Workforce Development
  • Homelessness and Housing Instability
  • Food Security

In the Education category, the Foundation seeks to support organizations that are focused on early childhood education and/or college access.

In the Gender Equality and Economic Development category, the Foundation seeks to support organizations that promote gender equality and economic growth for women and girls around the world.

The 2016 grants were awarded to:

Critical Community Needs:

211 Orange County   Santa Ana, CA
Access California Services   Anaheim, CA
AIDS Services Foundation Orange County   Irvine, CA
America Needs You   New York, NY
The Bowery Mission   New York, NY
Bridges Outreach   Summit, NJ
Build Futures   Huntington Beach, CA
Casa Teresa   Orange, CA
Defy Ventures   New York, NY
Enterprise Community Partners   New York, NY
Families Forward   Irvine, CA
Friendship Shelter   Laguna Beach, CA
Giving Children Hope   Buena Park, CA
Hot Bread Kitchen   New York, NY
Human Options   Irvine, CA
Illumination Foundation   Irvine, CA
Interval House   Seal Beach, CA
New York Common Pantry   New York, NY
Orange County Food Access Coalition   Santa Ana, CA
Per Scholas   Bronx, NY
Project Dignity   Garden Grove, CA
QSAC   New York, NY
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine   New York, NY
Safe Horizon   New York, NY
Serve the People   Santa Ana, CA
South County Outreach   Irvine, CA
STRIVE   New York, NY
Taller San Jose Hope Builders   Santa Ana, CA
The Doe Fund   New York, NY
Thomas House Family Shelter   Garden Grove, CA
University Settlement Society of New York   New York, NY
Upwardly Global   New York, NY
WHW   Santa Ana, CA
Women In Need   New York, NY
Working Wardrobes   Costa Mesa, CA
Year Up   New York, NY
Youth Employment Service   Costa Mesa, CA


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire   Tustin, CA
Blue Engine   Brooklyn, NY
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast   Santa Ana, CA
Figure Skating in Harlem   New York, NY
Girls Inc. of Orange County   Costa Mesa, CA
Girls Write Now   New York, NY
Harlem Children's Zone of NYC   New York, NY
Henry Street Settlement   New York, NY
KidWorks   Santa Ana, CA
Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America   New York, NY
Moneythink   Chicago, IL
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Los Angeles   Los Angeles, CA
New Heights Youth   New York, NY
New York City Mission Society   New York, NY
Orange County Community Housing Corp   Santa Ana, CA
Reading Partners   New York, NY
Room to Grow   New York, NY
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity   New York, NY
Student Sponsor Partners   New York, NY
The Literacy Project   Corona del Mar, CA
The Wooden Floor   Santa Ana, CA
THINK Together   Santa Ana, CA

Gender Equality and Economic Development:

Accion East   New York, NY
Business Council for Peace   New York, NY
BRAC USA   New York, NY
Callisto   New York, NY
Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance   Larkspur, CA
Grameen America   New York, NY
Mercado Global   Brooklyn, NY
Plan International USA   Washington, DC
Rising Tide Capital   Jersey City, NJ
SHE-CAN   San Rafael, CA
Sustainable Health Enterprises   New York, NY
Thistle Farms   Nashville, TN
Trickle Up   New York, NY

Grantees are invited to a PIMCO Foundation Celebration of Partnership -- in New York on November 29 and in Newport Beach on December 1 -- where they take part in an evening of networking with members of the PIMCO Foundation Board and staff, PIMCO employees, and other grant recipients. As a part of the Celebration of Partnership, two nonprofit organizations are highlighted each year as recipients of the Foundation's Leadership Circle Award. Through the Leadership Circle Award, the PIMCO Foundation seeks to honor and support organizations poised to drive social change and progress. Recipients of this award are organizations adept at growing their impact and demonstrating ingenuity, while maintaining their quality and increasing their results. The 2016 Leadership Circle Award recipients are the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast, located in Santa Ana, California, and Mercado Global, located in New York City. Past recipients include Accion East, Illumination Foundation, Per Scholas, and The Wooden Floor.

Other 2016 Giving
Outside of the Grants Program, the PIMCO Foundation supports nonprofit organizations through a range of other initiatives. In 2016, the Foundation committed over $2 million in support of nonprofit organizations through its Community Support Sponsorship, Volunteer and Disaster Assistance Programs, and also an Employee Match Program which offers employees the chance to double their donations to nonprofit organizations.

Now in year six of a six-year, $3.2 million commitment, the Foundation also maintains an ongoing strategic partnership with global NGO TechnoServe. Included in this partnership is the Emerging Enterprise Program, an international volunteer assignment where PIMCO employees can spend up to nine weeks in countries such as El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Peru, working alongside TechnoServe and local entrepreneurs, helping build and scale their businesses.

In 2016, the PIMCO Foundation sent three employees to Ghana as part of the Global Health Corporate Champions (GHCC) program. The GHCC brought together eight professionals from PIMCO, The Dow Chemical Company, and PricewaterhouseCoopers for a one-month service immersion program in Accra. The projects focused on addressing clean water, food and nutrition security, and health system strengthening -- all key public health issues in underserved communities. The GHCC is an activity of the USAID Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II), which is executed by the Public Health Institute and implemented by PYXERA Global, and addresses immediate and emerging human capital needs in the global health sphere.

About the PIMCO Foundation
The PIMCO Foundation is the philanthropic arm of PIMCO, based in Newport Beach, California, which helps people around the world to reach their full potential by engaging, empowering and investing in communities. It carries out its mission by identifying areas of urgent community need and volunteering time and financial resources to support high impact programs and innovative nonprofit organizations.

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