Nissan Is Working To Making America More Culturally Diverse

Nissan Foundation promotes cultural diversity in America

Source: Nissan Image Library

25 years ago Nissan created its Nissan Foundation due to civil unrest near their headquarters in Southern California after the Rodney King trial verdict. They wanted to help out organizations that encouraged respect and understanding among all people. Each year the Nissan Foundation awards grants to organizations in Southern California, North Central Texas, Middle Tennessee, Central Mississippi, Southeastern Michigan, New York metro areas, and Atlanta metro areas.

The Nissan Foundation has awarded over $700,000 dollars in grants in 2017 to multiple nominees. Each winner receives a monetary donation between $10,000 and $50,000 dollars that is meant to help them accomplish their mission. Some of the recipients this year include:

  • Japanese American National Museum for their "School Visits and Public Programs" - $20,000
  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights for "NCCHR Diversity and Multicultural Programming" - $25,000
  • Brooklyn Historical Society for "Muslims in Brooklyn" - $15,000
  • Children's Museum Corporation of Rutherford County for "Kids First - Cultural Initiatives" - $55,000
  • Oasis Center for "Building Bridges" - $50,000
  • And Many More!

The Nissan Foundation has even changed up their logo to represent that we all, no matter what color, are connected in the middle. The Nissan Foundation Executive Director, Vicki Smith, said, "Our mission is to support local organizations offering educational programs that foster greater understanding and respect among the groups of people who live within that community." We couldn't be prouder of this statement and we are so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful organization. We look forward to seeing what each and every recipient does with their grant!

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