NCTA Foundation Mission
The NCTA Foundation is dedicated to community development and, through strategic funding support and partnership activities, provides opportunity for individuals, especially America’s youth, to grow and prosper in today’s digital world. The foundation seeks to support organizations and projects that leverage broadband-related technology and services to meet community needs.
For any questions regarding the activities of the NCTA Foundation, please contact Dave Pierce, Executive Director, at [email protected]. Please note the NCTA Foundation does not encourage unsolicited requests for partnerships or funding.
Learn More: Watch The Video
Check out how the NCTA Foundation is partnering with non-profits to help the Washington DC community connect to and thrive in the digital world.
2017 NCTA Foundation Partnership Projects
Beacon House provides tutoring, mentoring, athletic, recreation, and nutrition programs to at-risk children, ages 5-18. They operate out of two, 6,000 square foot spaces and serve hundreds of children per year. Our partnership grant will help them transform their afterschool/out-of-school education programs offered to more than 150 children annually into more thoughtful, technology-enabled, age-based programs that are hands-on, self-paced and student-directed, giving their kids the 21st century skills and mindsets to succeed in school and in careers.
Working in partnership with DC high schools, Critical Exposure trains students to use photography and advocacy to make change in their schools and communities. Our partnership grant will seed-fund a new program that would add a new digital media component to their existing photography-based program. It would teach/equip students with digital storytelling skills, and emphasize creating short videos for use on mobile app-based platforms. These skills will enable the students to reach and mobilize new audiences in support of their advocacy efforts.
Project Create provides free after-school arts education to at-risk children to help them find voice, belonging and agency. Our partnership grant will fund the creation of an art-related tech lab within Project Create’s Anacostia location. It would be a tech-based “maker’s space” where teen students would be offered instruction about video, animation and game design, graphic design, 3D design and printing, etc. The teens would develop new technology-based skills and competencies and exposure to potential futures in the high-tech and creative industries.
The Walter Kaitz Foundation
The Walter Kaitz Foundation stands at the center of the cable industry’s long-standing commitment to diversity as it seeks to advance the contributions of women and multi-ethnic professionals in cable. Through the funds we raise, the organizations we support, and the programs we produce, the Walter Kaitz Foundation serves as a catalyst for increasing diversity in cable in three areas – its workforce, its supplier base and its programming.
Each fall, the Kaitz Dinner brings together leaders from across the media and communications industries to build significant support for the advancement of inclusion and diversity throughout our businesses. Learn more about this important event that continues our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Veterans Advisory Council & Mission Media
Military veterans have long been recognized as an outstanding talent pool. Their extensive leadership and teamwork experience make them an ideal workforce – especially in a fast moving, ever changing industry like cable. With so many experienced men and women returning home and seeking careers, cable companies know the value in hiring military veterans and their families.
Debuting in September 2015, Mission Media is a signature program of the cable industry to further the industry’s efforts to encourage recent military veterans to join cable’s ranks. Developed by the industry’s Veterans Advisory Council under the chairmanship of NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell, and led by the Cable & Telecommunications Human Resources Association (CTHRA), Mission Media stems from the collective desire of companies in the cable industry to take a systematic, industry-level approach to the hiring of veterans, retaining them, and promoting the cable industry as a desirable place to work.
A signing ceremony between the cable industry and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, was its first activity. The ceremony underscored and affirmed cable’s on-going commitment to provide supportive work environments for those currently serving in the reserves and the National Guard.
Veteran's Advisory Council
Photographed Above: (Seated) Neil Smit, President & CEO, Comcast Cable, Nancy Duboc, President & CEO, A&E Networks, Michael Powell, President & CEO, NCTA, (Standing) Major General Tony German and Alex Baird, Principal Deputy Director Dept. Of Defense Family and Employer Programs and Policy attend the Cable Industry Launches Mission Media To Further Efforts To Hire Veterans event on September 30, 2015 in New York City.
Hear from Veterans Working in Cable
Military Veterans and The Cable Industry - The Perfect Match