WASHINGTON, DC -- The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) announced today that Target Corp. will receive the Corporate Leadership Award during the 13th annual Celebration of Service to America Awards, held Monday, June 6, at the Washington Convention Center. The award, first presented in 2010, recognizes non-broadcast businesses that exemplify an extraordinary focus on community service and corporate social responsibility.
"Each year Target and its dedicated team members donate hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours and financial support to worthwhile causes and initiatives that enhance local communities nationwide," said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. "The NAB Education Foundation is proud to present the Corporate Leadership Award to one of America's largest corporate philanthropists."
Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income - which today equals more than $3 million a week - to communities. A significant portion of this giving goes toward funding education programs, with a focus on helping more U.S. children learn to read proficiently by the end of third grade, which is a critical milestone on the path to graduation.
As part of its commitment to childhood literacy, Target last year announced plans to donate more than $500 million over five years to support education, for a total of more than $1 billion in education-related giving.
Expected to be on hand to accept the award will be Laysha Ward, Target Corporation's president of community relations and president of the Target Foundation.
About The Celebration of Service to America Awards
The Celebration of Service to America Awards are sponsored and produced by NABEF with major support from Bonneville International Corporation and the National Association of Broadcasters. In recent years, Starkey Hearing Foundation founders Bill and Tani Austin, ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," entertainment industry icon Quincy Jones, legendary rock star Sir Elton John, former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Laura Bush, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter, and former First Lady Nancy Reagan have been presented with the Celebration of Service to America Leadership Award at the event. Details about the Celebration of Service to America Awards are available here.
The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving broadcasters and the public interest by supporting and advocating community service, diversity, education and broadcasting issues and trends. Learn more at www.nabef.org.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,750 stores in 49 states nationwide and at Target.com. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week. For more information about Target's commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.