MathWorks, the Natick-based developer of software for scientists and engineers, today announced it has gifted $3 million to CARE. The gift builds on a 13-year relationship between the organizations and will bolster multiple CARE initiatives with a special focus on education as an opportunity driver for children and women.
The support from MathWorks allows CARE to assign funding and ensure the continuation of key initiatives that improve access to and quality of education, offer innovative teaching solutions, deliver job training and mentorship for youth, and provide microfinance programs for women.
“MathWorks actively supports programs and initiatives that offer the means for children and adults to learn, especially when that learning is the catalyst for social and economic progress,” said Jeanne O’Keefe, chief financial officer and senior vice president, MathWorks. “We’re excited to partner with CARE to help provide education and related resources to underserved communities, with a special focus on women and children, and their development as agents of positive change.”
“As we develop and expand programs that tackle extreme poverty around the world, a critical investment we can make is in girls’ education,” said Heather Higginbottom, CARE’s chief operating officer. “MathWorks recognizes this, too, and we are grateful for both their long-standing commitment to CARE and for this most recent investment that will continue supporting women and girls with the tools and education they need to thrive.”
MathWorks first partnered with CARE in 2005 after the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Following this initial engagement in response to disaster relief, MathWorks has continued to partner with CARE based on its commitment to long-term rebuilding efforts and improvements to social infrastructure. CARE proactively works with countries to implement sustainable programs, enabling these communities to not only withstand future disasters but to improve lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice.
MathWorks, a global company with 15 offices around the world and customers in more than 180 countries, pursues a social mission that actively supports communities through advancing STEM education, fostering staff volunteerism, building environmental sustainability and aiding global relief efforts. As such, the company began partnering with CARE more than ten years ago to assist in its mission to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.
Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Last year, CARE worked in 93 countries and reached more than 63 million people around the world. To learn more, please visit: www.care.org.