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Published On: Mon, Aug 29th, 2016

Phillips Charitable Organizations Supports Robotics Program in East Harlem

Last year, the Phillips Charitable Organizations (PCO), a nonprofit organization set up by Charles Phillips and his wife Karen, were proud to announce that they would be supporting the Robotics Program at the East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP). They provided a grant of a quarter million dollars ($250,000), to be spread out over a three year period. Their generous contribution is now in its first completed year, and the EHTP has already been able to demonstrate how the grant has helped them, and the community as a whole.

Charles Phillips, Infor CEO, is committed to being able to support tomorrow’s young engineers. As the head of one of the world’s largest enterprise software providers, he understands like no other how important it is that people continue to show an interest in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields. Furthermore, himself and his wife are committed to helping those in disadvantaged communities, particularly young blacks, reach their full potential. Hence, becoming a Lead Sponsor for the EHTP’s Robotics Program was a logical decision to make.

photo/ Gerd Altmann via pixabay

photo/ Gerd Altmann via pixabay

One year on, the program has already been able to transform the lives of children and families in East Harlem. The program is a core element of the overall STEM program offered by EHTP. Charles and Karen, who have been keeping a close eye on how the program has developed so far, have been incredibly pleased with the results. The PCO, meanwhile, is very proud of the fact that they have once again been able to efficiently and quickly distribute money to areas where it matters most. As a nonprofit, they focus specifically on wounded veterans, single mothers, and African American communities.

The boost that the PCO has provided the Robotics Program has enabled the EHTP to continue to work on ‘Jackie’, their personal robot. As a thank you to the PCO, they have added their logo to all promotional activities and materials. As a result, the PCO has seen a significant surge in donations, which means they will be able to further promote and support other such types of projects. Furthermore, the EHTP presented the PCO as a 105th Street Society at their Annual Benefit, which means they achieved the highest level of giving, a truly honorable connotation.

The EHTP Director of Development and Communication, Zanetta Addams-Pilgrim, immediately acknowledged the tremendous and generous support that the PCO has provided them. They also specifically mentioned the enthusiasm of the PCO in the Robotics Program.

Charles and Karen, meanwhile, continue to be excited by the progress the East Harlem Tutorial Program has made. As a couple, they have been philanthropists for many years, supporting many in disadvantaged communities. For Charles Phillips, the focus is very strongly on the engineers of tomorrow, wanting to make sure nobody is unable to become an engineering due to their socio-economic background.

The grant will run for another two years, and all are excited to see how far they will be able to come as a result.

Guest Author: Lolita Di

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