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Texaco Press Release - Texaco Announces Support For Leadership Development Programs

$520,000 Granted to U.S. Organizations

FOR RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 1999.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 24 - Texaco has awarded over $520,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations for leadership development and training programs, it was announced today by Richard A. Brown, Director of Worldwide Corporate Contributions for Texaco. The programs teach and enhance leadership skills for a diverse range of individuals - from students to parents to established nonprofit leaders. (A complete list of the grants is attached.)

"The development of leaders at all levels in an organization is critical to its success and longevity," explained Brown. "Training, mentoring, hands-on experience; these opportunities must be supported to develop emerging and future leaders for community-based and civic organizations. These programs also provide a vital networking link for sharing best practices and managing challenges."

In addressing Texaco's involvement, Brown said, "The development of a world-class workforce is one of Texaco's five key strategies, which encompasses the growth and development of leaders at all levels of the company. Texaco's support for these programs in the nonprofit sector is a natural extension of the company's internal focus on leadership development."

Texaco increased its support of these programs four years ago with the development of the Texaco Management Institute (TMI). The TMI brings together local, state and national nonprofit and civic leaders for a three-day interactive learning experience in Houston designed to hone their leadership and management skills. The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management once again has partnered with Texaco to conduct the TMI and a second Institute will be held this fall in Washington, D.C.

"The organizations that will conduct these leadership development programs provide vital services. Strengthening their current management effectiveness and developing future leaders will enhance their potential for continued success," Brown said. "Texaco's support is a recognition of the important contributions these groups and their leaders make in our communities."

GRANTS AWARDED:

      

Americans for Indian Opportunity $10,000

Texaco's grant will support the Ambassadors Program, which was launched to foster leadership growth within the Native American community. During this one-year program, Ambassadors participate in an accredited curriculum as well as a variety of multidisciplinary activities, such as leadership training, required readings and experiential learning exercises. The Program encourages participants to incorporate their traditional tribal values into a modern reality.

      

Independent Sector $150,000 over 5 years

Independent Sector (IS) is a national leadership forum working to encourage philanthropy and volunteering initiatives, and citizen actions that serve the community. Texaco's grant will establish the first Independent Sector award to a nonprofit organization that distinguishes itself among its peers for outstanding support and development of future nonprofit leaders.

      

Jackie Robinson Foundation $40,000

The Jackie Robinson Foundation's Networking Development Weekend is designed to infuse young scholarship recipients with the values of civic leadership and commitment to social justice. This event, which will be supported by Texaco's grant, focuses on leadership development and career skills, and provides networking opportunities for the participants with peers, alumni of the program and corporate and civic leaders.

      

Leadership America $16,000

Leadership America is a national leadership organization that recognizes and educates diverse women to increase their collective impact. This grant will underwrite three Texaco scholarships for women of color to participate in the American Issues Forum, which is a year-long series of three professional development sessions.

      

Local Initiatives Support Campaign (LISC) $10,000

LISC works to assist community development corporations to transform distressed neighborhoods into desirable communities by marshalling various resources, providing financial assistance and technical support. LISC is providing a national leadership training program, which Texaco is supporting, for Americorps volunteers to prepare and educate them.

      

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund $60,000 over 3 years

MALDEF promotes and protects the civil rights of Latinos living in the U.S. This grant will support the MALDEF Parent Leadership Program in Houston. This program teaches parents how to effectively participate in decision-making process at their children's schools.

      

National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium $5,000

The Consortium is dedicated to advancing the legal and civil rights of the Asian Pacific community. Texaco is supporting the Consortium's new initiative, the Community Coalition Planning Workshop, which is designed to help build coalitions among the Asian Pacific American, Latino and other minority communities. Seminars will be held in Washington, D.C., Houston and Los Angeles.

      

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) $30,000

The NCLR Hispanic Leadership Development Support Initiative is a three-year effort to enhance the effectiveness of Latino community-based organizations and strengthen Latino leadership in civic and public policy positions. Texaco's grant will support development of a national computerized network of community-based leadership development organizations, which will partner with local communities and provide training and technical assistance.

      

National Council of Negro Women $50,000 over 2 years

The Council developed the Dorothy I. Height Leadership Institute to provide leaders with state-of-the-art leadership knowledge and skills to develop strong community-based programs. This grant will support the Institute, which addresses leadership needs of both established and emerging African American women leaders.

      

National Minority Supplier Development Council $50,000 over 2 years

The NMSDC provides support to corporations that conduct business with minority business enterprises (MBEs) and advice to those MBEs. Texaco's grant will support the Minority Business Information Center, which provides critical information on trends, issues and changing programs to business leaders.

      

Ronald H. Brown Foundation $25,000

The Ronald H. Brown Foundation's Undergraduate Fellows Program is designed to instill ideals of civic responsibility by integrating community service projects into an academic program. Texaco's grant will support this program, which trains future leaders by providing a unique educational opportunity to learn practical, hands-on political development skills from a bipartisan group of Washington practitioners.

      

Peter F. Drucker Foundation of Nonprofit Management $75,000 over 3 years

Texaco has partnered with the Drucker Foundation to continue the Texaco Management Institute, which brings together nonprofit leaders for a three-day interactive learning experience designed to enhance management effectiveness. The first TMI will be held in May in Houston, followed by a second Institute in October in Washington, D.C.

Updated: March 1999