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The Nissan Foundation is awarding $730,000 in grants to 29 nonprofit organizations for its 2018 grant cycle. The nonprofit recipients are located in Southern California, North Central Texas, Middle Tennessee, Central Mississippi, Eastern Michigan and the New York and Atlanta metro areas.

Over its 26-year history, the Nissan Foundation has awarded more than $10 million to approximately 120 organizations promoting respect and understanding among cultural and ethnic groups.

“The Nissan Foundation has a proud history of recognizing and supporting organizations working to promote the value of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity,” said Nissan Foundation President Scott Becker, who is also senior vice president, Administration, Nissan North America, Inc. “We’re thrilled to once again honor organizations making a real impact in this
regard.”

In 1992, Nissan North America formed the Nissan Foundation in response to the civil unrest that occurred near Nissan’s then U.S. headquarters in Southern California following the Rodney King trial verdict. Every year since, the Nissan Foundation has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations that offer educational programs that inform, inspire and celebrate diversity among the various cultural and ethnic groups that make up society.

“These organizations do extremely important work in our communities,” said Vicki Smith, executive director, Nissan Foundation. “Many grantee organizations are bringing cultural diversity to life in compelling ways, while others focus on the challenges of eliminating prejudice and discrimination. Each organization is making a valuable contribution to building respect and greater understanding among people – not just in their communities, but often
on a national level.”

Among the organizations receiving a 2018 Nissan Foundation grant is the Nashville Public Library Foundation, which is receiving its third grant from the Nissan Foundation this year. The Nashville Public Library was named the 2017 Library of the Year by Library Journal Magazine, recognizing its profound service to the community, creativity, leadership and
innovation in developing community programs. The library started the “Civil Rights and a Civil Society” program as a training experience for law enforcement officials, a platform for discussing complex community dynamics through a historical framework. Over the past year the program has expanded to include community organizations, schools, corporate groups and delegations from other cities. The Nashville Public Library will use its 2018 Nissan
Foundation grant to support continued expansion of the program.

Another Nissan Foundation 2018 grantee is the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, a secular, nonprofit that promotes mutual respect with practical programs that bridge religious difference and combat prejudice in schools, workplaces, health care settings and combat zones. Through a public education program called “Combating Extremism,” Tanenbaum disseminates education materials that address fear, misinformation and prejudice. The resources include fact sheets on current issues such as white supremacy and the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. Materials include targeted questions
for use by teachers, religious leaders, community organizers and parents. Tanenbaum will use its 2018 Nissan Foundation grant to further its outreach efforts, including the creation of six new resources.

The Nissan Foundation initially reviewed 101 letters of intent and 39 proposals from nonprofits in seven U.S. states where Nissan operates before awarding grants for 2018.

2018 Grant Recipients

California
Autry Museum of the American West, “Voices of Native America” ($15,000)
Connecting Cultures Mobile Museum, “CCMM-in Schools (Mobile Museum)” ($15,000)
Japanese American National Museum, “School Visits Program and Family Festivals”
($30,000)
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, “Root Series” ($10,000)
San Diego Museum of Man, “Continuing to Make San Diego Safe for Human Differences”
($10,000)
USC Pacific Asia Museum, “School Programs” ($15,000)
Western Justice Center Foundation, “Compassion Plays in Schools” ($15,000)

Georgia
Atlanta Historical Society, “Juneteenth Public Program” ($15,000)
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, “Refugee Education and Engagement
Project” ($10,000)
Fernbank Inc., “Winter Wonderland: Celebrations and Traditions Around the World”
($25,000)

Michigan
Arab American National Museum, “Global Fridays” ($10,000)
The Community House, “Race Relations & Diversity Task Force” ($15,000)

Mississippi
Jobs for Mississippi Graduates, “From Our Classrooms to Our Global, Diverse Society”
($50,000)
Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, “The Wright, Baber Pittman Research
Library” ($20,000)

New York
Brooklyn Historical Society, “Muslims in Brooklyn Education Components” ($15,000)
Japan Society, “Japan’s Annual Festivities” ($20,000)
Jewish Children’s Museum, “Public School Initiative” ($20,000)
Jewish Museum, “Movies That Matter” ($20,000)
One to World Inc., “One To World’s Cultural Understanding Programs” ($25,000)
Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, “Combating Extremism and Promoting
Respect: A Public Education Campaign” ($30,000)

Tennessee
Children’s Museum Corporation of Rutherford County, “Kids First” ($55,000)
Global Education Center, “Passport to Understanding” ($25,000)
Nashville Public Library Foundation, “Civil Rights and a Civil Society: Critical Dialogues in
Equity, Race and Identity” ($50,000)
Nashville Public Television, “Next Door Neighbors 2018-2019” ($75,000)
Native American Indian Association of Tennessee, “37th Annual Indian Education Pow-Wow”
($10,000)
Oasis Center, “Building Bridges” ($50,000)
STARS Nashville, “Understanding Bullying Prevention Through the Lens of Cultural
Competence” ($25,000)
Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, “Welcoming Tennessee” ($30,000)
Texas
National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum, “Cultural Heritage Youth Workshops”
($25,000)

Call for 2019 grant applicants

The Nissan Foundation will begin accepting letters of intent for the 2019 grant cycle in October with a submission deadline of Friday, Oct. 26. Nissan Foundation grants are awarded annually; the next grants will be awarded in June 2019.

For more information about the Nissan Foundation and its application process, visit the Nissan Foundation page.

About the Nissan Foundation
Established in 1992, the mission of the Nissan Foundation is to build community through valuing cultural diversity. The Nissan Foundation is part of Nissan North America’s commitment to “enrich people’s lives” by helping to meet the needs of communities throughout the U.S. through philanthropic investments, corporate outreach sponsorships, in-kind donations and other charitable contributions.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2017, the company sold 5.77 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.9 trillion yen. On April 1, 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan,
manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors in 2016. Renault-Nissan4 Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.

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Contact
Vicki Smith
Nissan Foundation
Vicki.Smith@nissan-usa.com

Darla Turner (Media inquiries only)
Nissan Corporate Communications
Darla.Turner@nissan-usa.com

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