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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

GE Foundation

GE Foundation is the philanthropic organization of GE.

We provide grants and invest in initiatives that work to solve some of the world's most difficult problems. In coordination with our partners, we support U.S. and international education, developing health globally, the environment, public policy, human rights, disaster relief and community success around the globe.

We also support GE employee and retiree giving and involvement in GE communities through employee programs such as the GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program.

With strong foundations in math and science, U.S. students are better equipped to succeed and be more competitive.

For more than 50 years, GE Foundation has invested in education programs based on a fundamental premise: A quality education ushers in a lifetime of opportunity, which helps build a strong and diverse citizenry to work and live in an increasingly competitive world. In the United States, GE believes that through efforts to provide a quality education, we can help prepare young Americans — especially those in underserved urban districts — for careers in a global economy.

GE Foundation is addressing this education imperative by supporting high-impact initiatives that improve access to, and the equity and quality of, public education. The Developing Futures™ in Education program (which encompasses the GE College Bound Program) is one such endeavor, created to raise student achievement through improved math and science curricula and management capacity at the schools. The program has been expanded with a grant investment of over $200 million in seven targeted U.S. school districts.

About the Program

School districts use their grants to develop a rigorous, system-wide math and science curriculum and provide comprehensive professional development for their teachers. Through more hands-on instruction, students learn from teachers and GE Volunteers as they work together on special mathematics and science projects involving real-world challenges.