Great Lakes Forges Partnerships to Impact Community Programs

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Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates has detailed its 2012 corporate giving in its first annual report on philanthropy. The report highlights nearly $10 million in funding for initiatives and programs designed to increase college access, readiness, and success among traditionally underserved students. More than 50,000 students – including students of color, those from low-income households, and those who are the first in their families to attend college – benefitted from Great Lakes-funded efforts in 2012.

"2012 was a pivotal year in Great Lakes' longstanding tradition of philanthropy," said Richard D. George, Great Lakes' President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are pleased to share the ways in which we've refined our approach in support of our core mission, to help put more people on the path to, and through, college."

The Great Lakes Philanthropy 2012 report spotlights a wide range of giving to support college-focused programming designed for traditionally underserved students of all ages, from sixth through twelfth-graders to current college students and adult learners.

Through its new competitive grantmaking process, Great Lakes built relationships with more than 50 organizations helping students prepare academically for, and strengthen campus connections to succeed in, college. Grant recipients, six of which are featured in the report, specialize in services such as after-school tutoring, ACT preparation, mentoring, and learning community development.

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