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Coca-Cola charity grant program hits milestone in its work to inspire Aussie youth

The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation has donated more than $14 million in grants to hundreds of organisations across Australia

The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation has hit a $1.5 million milestone, having gifted grants to more than 90 charities over the past three years.

Recipients of the Employee Connected Grants program include Mission Australia, Save Our Sons and Cerebral Palsy Alliance. It supports a wide variety of initiatives with much needed financial support, from youth disability to refugee support.

Chair of the Coca-Cola Foundation, Malcolm Hudson, credited employees: “Employees of Coca-Cola Australia and Coca-Cola Amatil share a mutual passion for making a positive impact on Australian communities.”

The foundation aims to address youth optimism for a positive life by inviting eligible members of Coca-Cola Australia and Coca-Cola Amatil to nominate a charity that they have a personal connection with.

Each of the nominated charities is also aligned with Coca-Cola Australia Foundation’s mission to promote possibilities and happiness for young people.

Since the philanthropic fund was established in 2002, the foundation has provided more than $14 million in funding to hundreds of organisations across Australia.

The Employee Connected Grants program is one such example. The foundation also supports three national charities through the Flagship Grants program, with up to $200,000 provided per year for three consecutive years. Current partners are The Song Room, Raise Foundation and The Carers Foundation.

“The Employee Connected Grants program is an extension of this passion, helping local charities and organisations deliver important programs and services to young Australians,” Hudson said.

To be eligible for a Coca-Cola Australia Foundation grant, it is required that charity missions are relevant to young Australians aged 13 to 19 years and address their happiness, optimism, empowerment and wellbeing for a positive life.

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