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.
On November 19, 2016, Big Spring Correctional Center (BSCC) staff hosted the 4th Annual BSCC GEO Veteran’s Day 5K Run/Walk at the Big Spring State Park, raising over $2000 to benefit The Lone Survivor Foundation. BSCC has been a very proud supporter of The Lone Survivor Foundation which restores, empowers, and renews hope for our wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.
During the November Bay County School Board meeting, Jamarie Lee learned he would be able to attend a four-year college on a full ride, based mostly on the $10,000 contribution made by The GEO Group Foundation. What is unique about Lee is his continued perseverance which makes him a role model for other students. Jamarie plans to study Engineering.
On June 2, 2016, The GEO Group’s Eastern Region Office commenced the 3rd Annual St. Jude Classic Golf Tournament at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation in Charlotte, NC. Regional Vice President, Blake Davis, along with the regional team gathered with vendors and facility staff to once again support the great charity of St. Jude! Sights were set high for the 3rd year and the goal was exceeded thanks to the generous contributions of all of the sponsors. At the end of the day, a check for $190,000 was presented to St. Jude.
On May 17, 2016, Arizona State Prison – Florence West and Central Arizona Correctional Facility awarded $21,000 in scholarships to the Florence Unified School District through The GEO Group Foundation. Recipients received a scholarship certificate along with a letter of congratulations for all hard work and academic performance.
Each year since the LaSalle Detention Facility opened in Jena, The GEO Group, Inc. has awarded a number of scholarships to deserving graduates at the two area high schools. On May 9, 2016, twelve students from LaSalle High School and Jena High School were selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship each, from The GEO Group, totaling $12,000 in monies awarded to these students, based on their grade point average at the end of the year.
On April 30, 2016 The GEO Group’s Central Region office hosted its 17th annual Charity Golf Tournament honoring the Lone Survivor Foundation. The goal this year was to raise $150,000, however, due to the success of the silent auction, the sale of Lone Survivor t-shirts, and the generosity, dedication and determination of all those involved a goal breaking sum of $180,000 was proudly presented to the Lone Survivor Foundation.
On February 20, 2016, Team Geo made their third appearance at the polar plunge fundraising event for the Special Olympic Athletes of Colorado, raising $8,660.55 through bake sales, taco bars, and donations from the generous hearts of the GEO family at the Aurora Detention Center. This fundraising event brought in $80,000.00 this year and since the events inception in 2009 has collected more than a million dollars.
In January 2016, The GEO Group Foundation proudly matched the amount raised by GEO’s Corporate volunteer organization called PACE (Planning and Coordinating Events), doubling the total donated to Wounded Warriors of South Florida to $5,600.
On November 19, 2015, Warden Johnny Choate, AWO Dawn Ceja and AWAF Barbra Krumplemann presented Mrs. Mary Frances Tharp with a check for $5,000.00 for Boys Hope Girls Hope on behalf of our company. We believe in the work this organization provides to our community and The Aurora Detention Center is proud to support Boys Hope Girls Hope!
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.
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