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    Out on the Trail: 50 Years of Volunteerism

    April 17, 2017 10:24 AM by Bob Fuller

    I’ve spent some of the best days of my life out on a hiking trail, clearing brush, field checking maps and leading crews that rehabilitate trails and build new ones.  You might see me carrying a clipboard and counting deer droppings, cutting brush with loppers or clearing blown down trees with a chain saw. Or perhaps you might find me building a bridge, swinging a sledge hammer or moving big rocks to build stepping stones or stairs.  It’s not a high-paying job; it’s not even a paying job, actually. Money isn’t the point. I volunteer because it’s infinitely rewarding. I get to work with a great group of likeminded folks to ensure future generations can enjoy the hiking trails I have loved for so long. 

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    Gaming Philanthropy: How Sports Fans are Driving Social Good

    April 13, 2017 10:48 AM by Steve Hahn

    Competition might be the spice of sports, but it’s good for charitable organizations, too. Brackets For Good aims to turn nonprofit fundraising on its ear through the concept of gamification. By tapping into the competitive spirits of “fan-lanthropists,” Brackets For Good provides charities with an innovative platform to raise funds, drum up excitement for their organizations and reach new audiences.

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    AT&T's Diverse Mentoring Relationships Accelerate Employee Engagement

    April 7, 2017 10:52 AM by Dan Horgan

    According to a 2015 Gallup report that includes data from over 80,000 employee interviews, employee engagement has been flat since 2000. In 2015, only 32% of employees reported being engaged at work while 50.8% reported not being engaged and 17.2% reported being actively disengaged.  Additional research is starting to show a correlation with corporate responsibility and sustainability programming as evidenced by the data reported at Project ROI. They have reported seeing an increase in employee engagement by up to 7.5% because of corporate responsibility programming.

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    Finding Your Reason to Serve

    April 5, 2017 12:05 PM by Brian Wolf

    I always appreciated those who gave their time to serve their communities but I didn’t realize how much their impact mattered until I found my reason to serve.

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    Breaking Down the Borders of Education

    April 3, 2017 10:59 AM by Jonathan Moore

    We take our mobile devices for granted. Always on. Always connected. NGO Télécoms Sans Frontières, with support of AT&T Foundation and AT&T, is using this technology to deliver education to young refugees in Syria.

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    Announcing our 2017 Inventor’s Challenge Winners

    March 29, 2017 7:00 AM by Anne Wintroub

    For the past several months, AT&T has been collaborating with Imagination Foundation on our second-annual Inventor’s Challenge – bringing together young people from around the world to create innovative, imaginative and often totally viable solutions that solve problems in their schools and communities. This year, we saw entries from nearly 10,000 kids and teens from pre-k to high school, with ideas that ranged from a 3D-printed soap dispenser to spring-loaded “sky shoes” to help anyone reach great heights. 

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    Aspire Accelerator 2017: Applications from Across America

    March 7, 2017 11:13 AM by Anne Wintroub

    In January, we announced an open call for applications to the AT&T Aspire Accelerator. Now in its third year, the Aspire Accelerator supports innovations that can help every student achieve a bright, successful future—exponentially and at scale.

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    How our Love for Sports can Help Drive Social Good

    February 24, 2017 2:30 PM by Bill Soards

    Nearly every person in Indiana can tell you what they were doing in March of 2010. The Hoosier state’s own Butler University became the Cinderella story of men’s college basketball tournament, making it all the way to the championship game only to lose in the final seconds. They enjoyed the journey so much that they did it all again as a #8 seed in 2011, outplaying others for a spot in the championship game once more. 

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    DonorsChoose.org Sets Students up for Success Before the School Bell Rings

    February 21, 2017 10:14 AM by Jennifer Enderlin

    On our AT&T Aspire team, we often talk about the importance of providing students with access to tech and other 21st century tools to enhance learning in the classroom. However, we need to make sure students’ most basic needs are met first. If young people come to school uncomfortable – whether they are hungry, cold or in need of personal care – it becomes almost impossible for them to focus on the task at hand.

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    Shaping the Future

    February 2, 2017 11:45 AM by Anne Wintroub

    As part of AT&T’s Aspire initiative – which accelerates the learning revolution and connects it with the young people who need it most – we’ve invested more than $350 million to help ensure all students have access to the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. We know that in order to truly accomplish this mission, we must look to those “on the ground: ”the teachers and inventors who are creating solutions for our students using the power of technology.

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