AT&T employees don’t simply support their communities – they live in them, too. We serve cities and towns through our philanthropic efforts, like volunteerism and giving. Our people make a difference.
The AT&T Foundation has been pivotal in serving our diverse communities. It supports nonprofit efforts that foster inclusion and create opportunities for diverse populations.
We enrich and strengthen communities across the country through the AT&T Foundation. We focus on improving education and advancing community development. Within AT&T's service region, the Foundation reaches people via grants that address quality-of-life issues.
Through our signature education initiative, AT&T Aspire, we provide access to education and training people need to get and keep good jobs. Since 2008, AT&T has committed $450 million to programs to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world. And through our Aspire Mentoring Academy, since October 2012, our employees have impacted more than 350,000 students through more than 2.27 million hours of mentoring.
AT&T also supports underserved populations, including women, seniors, youth, people with disabilities and low-income families. We are a pioneer in technology innovation, and in creating usable and accessible products and services for our customers by incorporating Universal Design (UD) principles. This approach supports industrywide innovation in the design of wireless products and services.
- AT&T Communications was the first major wireless carrier to offer screen-reading software to make telephone handsets accessible to customers who are blind or have low vision.
- AT&T's Advisory Panel on Access & Aging (AAPAA) comprises leaders in assistive technologies, aging and cross-disability issues. It provides advice and counsel to AT&T's subsidiaries, affiliates and leadership teams.
AT&T has a strong legacy with organizations focused on the empowerment of the Black, Native American, Asian & Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, and LGBTQ+ communities, as well as active military and veterans.
Making a Difference in Growing Minority Entrepreneurship
Since 1968, AT&T has spent about $158 billion with minority, women and service-disabled veteran owned businesses. We are among the world’s leading companies that seek out and work with diverse suppliers – and we work with business schools to provide them with expert coaching and resources. Our commitment to this program has helped spur a legion of new businesses in communications and technology. We also support Peace Through Business, a business-education training program for women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda.