The GEO Group Foundation
The GEO Group is committed to making a difference in the communities in which it operates. Every year through its charitable foundation, The GEO Group Foundation, GEO supports charities, schools, community organizations, and higher education scholarships for students in communities across the country.
The GEO Group Foundation’s mission is to support the community and charitable involvement of employees and facilities of The GEO Group. The GEO Foundation is committed to supporting, growing, and developing the communities where GEO, its subsidiaries, and affiliated companies operate.
The GEO Foundation pursues this goal by making charitable grants to local charitable nonprofit organizations, schools, and public entities to help them meet their philanthropic goals and public purposes. One of The GEO Foundation’s main goals is to help deserving students within our communities to achieve their education and career goals through university and college scholarships.
In May 2016, The GEO Group Foundation Awarded $21,000 in Scholarships to Students in Arizona.
In November 2015, The Arc staff recently unveiled The GEO Group Eye Gaze and Speech Center during a formal dedication ceremony. The GEO Group Eye Gaze and Speech Center features the Tobii T15, a state-of-the-art communication device that uses only an individual’s eye gaze to allow people with motor impairments to communicate their wants and needs. The device, which is similar to the technology used by world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, and the center are made possible thanks to a $50,000 naming gift from The GEO Group Foundation. The availability of this device will enable the students at our Potentials Charter School to communicate in ways never before possible.
In 2015, The GEO Group Foundation fulfilled a request for $1,500 to purchase much needed new equipment for Monarch Middle School’s Outdoor Education Club. Outdoor Education Club has been a one-of-a-kind opportunity for 7th and 8th graders, teaching them to become good stew-ards of the outdoors. With the donation from The GEO Group Foundation, they were able to procure six tents, six cooking pots, twelve fuel bottles, fuel, three backpacking stoves and two first-aid kits. The equipment purchased with this generous donation will benefit hundreds of students in the years to come.
On March 13, 2015, The GEO Foundation proudly donated $80,000 to the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program. Step Up For Students provides K-12 scholarships and related support to give disadvantaged families the freedom to choose the best learning options for their children.
In 2015, McFarland High School awarded GEO Foundation scholarships to 10 students. These young men and young women were grateful for the investment in their future.
On March 20, 2015, The GEO Foundation proudly donated $5,000 to Palm Beach State College Foundation.
In 2015, Arizona State Prison – Florence West and Central Arizona Correctional Facility, through The GEO Group Foundation, awarded a total of $21,000 in student scholarships to the Florence Unified School District. High school graduates received a scholarship certificate with a letter of congratulations. The two GEO Group facilities were honored and excited to help the Poston Butte High School seniors to fulfill their dream for higher education.
On May 8, 2015, The GEO Group Foundation donated $5,000 to Communities In Schools of Palm Beach. The GEO Group Foundation has supported Communities In Schools for the past three years. This donation will help Communities In Schools fund prevention programs that keep students in school and on the path to graduation, college or careers that keep them on the right track.
On May 1, 2015, Warden Ralph Cherry presented a $2,000 check to Clayton County Commissioner Chairman Jeffery Turner, who commended The GEO Group for its continued support of education. The GEO Group made a commitment to the Clayton County Board of Commissioners to support education through an annual $10,000 scholarship. Each of the five Commissioners receives $2,000 to provide financial assistance to college bound students in their districts.
2015 Abraxas Marienville Grad Begins Next Chapter At Clarion University With support from The GEO Group Foundation, Ja'Sani is college bound and on an upward path to receiving a degree in political Science and playing on Clarion University's football team.
In 2015, The GEO Group Foundation has donated $1,000 to the Victor Valley Rescue Mission. These funds were used to provide 487 hot traditional Thanksgiving meals to poor and homeless men, women, and children, who are out of a job, or struggling with addictions. Veronica Trujillo, Community Relations Specialist representing the Victor Valley Rescue Mission, received The GEO Group Foundation donation check which was presented by Desert View MCCF employees: Michael Grebenok, AWFA, Kristine Baker, CDCR Clerk, Sandye Martinez, Bookkeeper, Andrea Alzate, Business Clerk, Tracy Rodriguez, Inmate Accounts Clerk, Cory Powers, MIS, and Donna Coapstick, Programs Manager.
In 2014, The GEO Group Foundation with the help of other organizations, GEO’s Central Region Office, and the Rio Grande Detention Center team, purchased 500 gifts including toys, shoes, and goody bags to donate to 250 kids at three Head Start schools located in Laredo, El Cenizo, and Rio Bravo, Texas.
On December 5, 2014, The GEO Group Foundation donated $1,000 to help cover the costs of community education at Polar Fest. This money will be utilized so Florence Unified can put on the event without using district funds.
On October 29, 2014, The GEO Group Foundation proudly donated $40,000 to the AAA Scholarship Foundation. The donation will provide scholarships to economically-disadvantaged families in Arizona, so that they may select the best educational opportunities for their children.
On October 24, 2014, The GEO Group Foundation donated two checks, totaling $1,000, to be spent towards the purchase of new Marching Band Uniforms. The donation was received by Mr. Thad Gates, Principal of Florence High School, and Dr. Amy Fuller, Superintendent of Florence Unified.
On October 15, 2014, Florence High School received 2 donations from The GEO Group Foundation totaling $500. This money will be used to support the Florence High School Basketball Team.
On September 19th, 2014, The GEO Group Foundation presented the Boca Raton Police Athletic League with a $10,000 check.
The GEO Foundation Supports Education Prior to the opening of the Robert A. Deyton Detention Facility in 2007, The GEO Group made a commitment to the Clayton County Board of Commissioners to sup¬port education through an annual $10,000 scholarship donation for deserving high school seniors accepted into an accredited College or University. Each of the five Commissioners receives $2,000 to provide financial assistance to college bound students in their districts. On May 14, 2014, Warden Ralph Cherry presented “The Big Check” to Clayton County Commissioner Chairman Jeffery Turner, who commended The GEO Group Foundation for its continued support of education.
In May 2014, Central Arizona Correctional Facility (CACF) was honored to be part of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. CACF inmates contributed $700 from fund rais¬ers, and The GEO Foundation made a $1,000 donation to help make the event for this very special cause a success.
On February 6, 2014, The GEO Foundation proudly donated $2,500 to the Ramblewood Elementary Robotics Club. Congratulations to them for winning second place in the region!
In February 2014, the Adelanto Detention Facility and The GEO Foundation supported the local Pony League baseball team. With GEO’s help, the team was able by to afford the cost of all the equipment and league fees needed.
In January 15th, 2014, Arizona State Prison– Florence West made a charitable contribution of $3,158 from The GEO Group Foundation to the Florence Arizona Food Bank program.
In 2014, The GEO Group raised a total of $1,263 for the American Heart Association by pulling together as a company, and participating in our fund raising events. An additional $5,000 was generously donated by The GEO Group Foundation.
Communities In Schools of Palm Beach Donation On November 21, 2013,The GEO Foundation proudly donated $5,000 to Communities In Schools Palm Beach. The mission of Communities In Schools of Palm Beach is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Pictured: Margaret Bagley, Executive Director of Communities in School Palm Beach, Pablo E. Paez, Vice President of Corporate Relations, and Meyer Haberman, Chairman of Communities in School Palm Beach, accepting the donation.
AAA Scholarship Foundation On October 18, 2013,The GEO Foundation proudly donated $20,000 to AAA Scholarship Foundation at Central Arizona Correctional Facility. The donation will provide scholarships to economically-disadvantaged families so that they may select the best educational options for their children. Pictured: Mayor Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix, and the students who are receiving the scholarship.
Special Olympics of Texas Breaks Ground on New Headquarters On September 6th, 2013, The GEO Group and Special Olympics of Texas (SOTX) reached that momentous milestone of raising enough money to help SOTX build their own headquarter space. SOTX hosted a ground breaking ceremony at the site of the new headquarters in Austin and ground was broken by Danna Coapland, from The GEO Group’s Central Region Office. The GEO Group is responsible for donating the lead gift of $2 million to the campaign.
CTDF Awards Scholarships For High School Graduates In August 2013, Central Texas Detention Facility and The GEO Group Foundation partnered with Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo and the San Antonio Independent School District Foundation to award five, $1,000 scholarships to local San Antonio graduating seniors.
American Liver Foundation On August 12th, 2013,The GEO Foundation proudly donated $10,000 to the American Liver Foundation in honor of Richard L. Stalder, past president of the American Correctional Association. Mr. Stalder has been diagnosed with chronic liver disease and is waiting on a liver transplant.
American Heart Association Walk The GEO Group Headquarters lost a special member of its team in 2012. Barbara Cox passed away in January, after five years with GEO. To honor Barbara Cox, GEO partnered with the American Heart Association for its Annual Heart Walk. The GEO Foundation donated $5,000 to the American Heart Association in her memory.
In April 2013, Western Region Detention Facility held a bake sale to raise money for the tornado victims in Oklahoma. At the end of the day, with most staff fighting the sugar buzz, a total of $366.00 was raised by the event. Staff experienced an even greater reward for their efforts as The GEO Group Foundation matched the money raised dollar-for-dollar.
Central Region Donates $150K to Special Olympics Texas The Central Region Office hosted its 14th Annual Special Olympics Texas Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at The Republic Golf Course in San Antonio, Texas. With the dedication and generosity of the Central Region facilities, our Vendors and the Corporate Office, we proudly presented $150,000 to Special Olympics Texas making this the largest donation to date.
GEO Believes in the Youth of America In May 2013, Warden John Gay, Central Arizona Correctional Facility, presented $11,000 in scholarships. The GEO Group Foundation provides scholarships annually to High School graduates who meet specific academic standards.
32. On April 2, 2013, Warden Cherry presented Clayton County Commissioner Chairman Jeffery Turner with our annual $10,000 scholarship check. Each Commissioner receives $2,000 in scholarships for their perspective districts, for students accepted into accredited institutions of higher learning.
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