The Nissan Foundation awarded $655,000 in grants this past week to 26 nonprofit organizations from across the country during a special luncheon commemorating the institution’s 20th anniversary, the corporation announced on its website in a news release. Located in California, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Tennessee and Texas, all of the organizations receiving grants in 2012 demonstrate a strong commitment to fostering cultural diversity in their local communities.
Children’s Museum Corporation of Rutherford County, which operates the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, will received $45,000 in grant funds. The money is part of “Project Reach Out,” designed to increase accessibility to the diverse exhibits and programs the museum offers and engage children and families in the exploration and appreciation of their own cultures and the diverse cultures of others.
Other Tennessee nonprofits receiving funds include the Frist Center for the Visual Arts ($20,000); Global Education Center ($25,000); Nashville Public Television ($60,000); Oasis Center ($50,000); Tennessee Foreign Language Institute ($20,000); and Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition ($25,000).
Since 1992, the Nissan Foundation has distributed $6.4 million to more than 100 nonprofit organizations that offer educational programs that foster a greater appreciation and understanding of America’s diverse cultural heritage. Many of the nonprofits receiving grants in 2012 are repeat awardee..
“Diversity is strength, whether in a company or a community. We see the Foundation as a means to promote respect for others, generate alternative ways of thinking, strengthen self-awareness and enrich community life,” said Becker.