Atlanta, September 16, 2010
Donation Helps Build Capabilities of Atlanta-based CARE To Swiftly Respond to Disasters Around the World
CARE, an Atlanta-based humanitarian organization that fights global poverty by empowering women and girls, received a $1.5 million gift from The UPS Foundation to further the organization's emergency response efforts across the globe.
"UPS is a valuable and generous supporter of CARE's humanitarian relief efforts in 72 countries worldwide," said Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE. "This gift - which includes both in-kind logistics and monetary support - will bolster our efforts to quickly and efficiently respond to global disasters throughout 2010 and 2011."
UPS's $1.5 million gift to CARE includes cash and in-kind support to strengthen CARE's disaster response and relief efforts and improve CARE's supply chain management capabilities during emergencies. It also will help support CARE's National Conference and Celebration, an annual event that gathers hundreds of volunteers on Capitol Hill to urge members of Congress to improve the lives of millions of marginalized women and girls around the world.
"In the face of disaster, CARE needs enhanced visibility of its vast network of supplies for urgent response." said The UPS Foundation President Ken Sternad. "In addition to cash and in-kind donations, UPS has worked with CARE over the last two years to streamline warehouse distribution and to improve the efficiency of their humanitarian relief delivery around the world."
In 2007, The UPS Foundation met with CARE to identify opportunities to most effectively assist humanitarian relief logistics. Since then, UPS has worked with CARE and Aidmatrix to implement a technology solution for commodity tracking, develop a supply chain unit with oversight for all processes and implement procedures for warehousing, inventory management, and procurement.
Over the past 15 years, UPS has donated nearly $4 million to CARE in direct grants and in-kind support, sustaining several humanitarian initiatives that have helped CARE protect, feed, shelter and empower millions of people. Past CARE initiatives supported by UPS include:
UPS's gift comes at a particularly notable time as data show a sharp increase in the number and frequency of natural disasters over the last three decades. And with changes in global weather patterns causing unprecedented droughts, heavy rains and flooding, this trend will likely continue. Because emergencies are both a cause and consequence of poverty and injustice, responding to them is central to CARE's work around the world.