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Motorola Solutions Foundation

About the Motorola Solutions Foundation


The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, originally founded in 1953. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. In particular, the foundation focuses on:

  • Education – Supporting programs that advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, preparing our next generation of innovators

  • Public safety – Making our communities safer by using our leadership in public safety innovation to provide resources to first responders and the communities they serve

  • Disaster relief – Partnering with humanitarian organizations to provide relief to disaster victims and providing vital support to emergency workers who are at the front lines of disaster relief

  • Employee giving – Providing our employees with matching programs in the United States and globally

 

Grants



The 2017 Motorola Solutions Foundation grant program is currently open. Inquiry forms for technology and engineering education and public safety education are being accepted through our online grants management database. Inquiry requests for public safety and/or technology education programming for domestic organizations and institutions must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 24, 2017; inquiry requests for public safety and/or technology education programming for international organizations and institutions must be submitted by Friday, March 3, 2017. The Motorola Solutions Foundation team will select those organizations with public safety and/or technology and engineering education programming that most closely align with our 2017 grant priorities to submit formal online applications by May 22, 2017 (Note: organizations will be notified to submit a formal online application by mid-April 2017). Grant award decisions will be announced by mid-July 2017.

2017 Grant Program Priorities

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Our Grants in Action

Supporting STEM education – and Champ (the German shepherd)
Jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are expected to grow 17 percent in the United States by 2018, but less than 20 percent of students are choosing STEM-related paths. It’s estimated that the U.S. might be short by 3 million high-skilled workers in 2018. 

Since 2007, the Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided over $40 million in education grants to elementary, secondary and post-secondary STEM programs. 

One of these recipients is the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF). Motorola Solutions Foundation and CFEF work together to support teachers and innovative school programs that highlight the benefits of careers in engineering and technology to students.

One of the schools chosen to receive support from the Motorola Solutions Foundation was Flagler Palm Coast High School’s i3 New Tech Academy in Florida. With this support, teachers engaged students in a competition to research and design a prosthetic leg for a dog named Champ who was wounded in a car accident. The goal of the competition was to show students how design and engineering can be used to improve the world around them.

After consulting with engineers, veterinarians and others, teams of students worked together to come up with different designs that would help Champ live a fuller, more comfortable life. 

 

Stepping up for community-police relationships
In 2015, the Motorola Solutions Foundation, in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), launched the Institute for Community Police Relations to help communities and law enforcement agencies across the U.S. strengthen trust and collaboration while continuing to reduce crime. With financial support from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the institute is focused on implementing recommendations from the 2015 White House Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing.

“Building and maintaining community trust is the cornerstone of successful policing and the generous backing provided by Motorola Solutions Foundation enables the Institute for Community-Police Relations to provide that support to state, local and tribal law enforcement,” said IACP’s President, University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary.

The Institute will work on identifying the most effective ways law enforcement and certain communities can work together to improve communication, increase understanding and reduce crime.  Then, the Institute will share those programs with other law enforcement departments around the country. 

 

Fire safety: Helping the Red Cross save lives in Africa
The Motorola Solutions Foundation has worked alongside American Red Cross chapters across the U.S. on a national fire preparedness campaign to reduce U.S. home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is now expanding our support to fund innovative initiatives in Africa to prevent fires and help train firefighters.

With support from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the American Red Cross and International Red Cross are improving technologies in Africa that help disaster prevention and relief. To meet the unique needs of these communities, the Red Cross and Red Crescent partnered with two fire sensor manufacturers and a dozen companies to improve sensor technology for use in informal housing settlements. In 2015, they began installing the low-cost, smart fire alarms in thousands of homes across settlements in Nairobi, Kenya and Cape Town, South Africa. 

We also support the Africa Fire Mission, a nonprofit organization in the United States that delivers gently used equipment and much-needed training to fire departments in Africa. Africa Fire Mission and its team of experienced firefighters have trained and equipped  firefighters in Nairobi, Kenya with support from the Motorola Solutions Foundation. 

If you have any questions, please email the Motorola Solutions Foundation at foundation@motorolasolutions.com.

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