NEW YORK; May 20, 2013 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Back on My Feet (BoMF) today announced Accenture has awarded Back on My Feet – a national nonprofit organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness transform their own lives and achieve employment and independent living – $300,000 to expand the organization’s skills based training initiatives. This grant brings Accenture’s support of BoMF to $619,000 since 2011.
This grant reflects Accenture’s Skills to Succeed initiative, which aims to equip 500,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business.
“Skills to Succeed combines the passion, experience and commitment our people have for nurturing talent and giving back to the community,” said Michael Scimo, managing director, human capital & diversity, North America, Accenture. “We share Back on My Feet’s commitment to providing people with the skills they need to open the doors to economic independence and long-term employment.”
The grant will support Back on My Feet’s “Next Steps” program which combines personal coaching with access to financial literacy courses, housing opportunities, financial aid and job skills training, including partnerships with employers to assist BoMF members in securing jobs.
“Accenture’s commitment to Back on My Feet goes beyond funding to include volunteering and true program engagement,” said Anne Mahlum, founder and CEO of Back on My Feet. “They are a game-changing partner and Back on My Feet would not be what it is today without their support.”
Accenture currently provides job preparation and mentoring for Back on My Feet in 10 cities in the United States. As a result of this latest grant from Accenture, Back on My Feet will be able to equip approximately 600 people with job skills for a total of 1,095 since the Next Steps program was founded in 2011.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with 261,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship focus, Accenture is committed to equipping 500,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. The company generated net revenues of US$27.9 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
About Back on My Feet
Back on My Feet (BoMF), launched in Philadelphia in 2007, is a national for-purpose 501(c)3 organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living. The organization creates a community built on the very profound and innate desire for all of us to feel recognized appreciated and supported. Back on My Feet does not provide food nor shelter, but instead provides coaching, resources, financial aid, job training and access to employment opportunities. The organization has chapters in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Atlanta, New York City and Austin. Back on My Feet Los Angeles will launch in October 2013. The organization has received media support including attention from NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, CNN and The Today Show for its ingenuity in tackling this difficult social issue. More information can be found at backonmyfeet.org.
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