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Phoenix Forward

The year of giving back

In 2011, University of Phoenix and its parent company donated more than $20 million. Giving back to our communities is a major initiative at University of Phoenix. Apollo Education Group, the parent company of University of Phoenix, has been investing locally since 1973. More than 38 years later, the University continues its mission to better the communities in which our students, employees, faculty and alumni live.

Community commitment at Apollo Education Group

Apollo Education Group's Community Commitment

University of Phoenix Foundation grants totaled more than $2 million

$1.4 million the total estimated value of volunteer hours in 2011

$10,115,647 the value of scholarships awarded by Apollo Corporate Giving in 2011

Our partners included:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Junior Achievement USA™
  • Points of Light Institute

70,104 the number of employee volunteer hours logged in 2011

Nearly $1 million was allocated to support local campus involvement where our staff, students, faculty and alumni live and attend

More than 200 locations served communities nationwide

Apollo Education Group supports more than 180 local organizations in 35 states and Washington, D.C.

We collected and donated more than 27,000 back-to-school items for use by Phoenix area clubs

20 University of Phoenix campuses received $5,000 engagement grants to support Boys & Girls Clubs projects that make a meaningful contribution to literacy. The campuses used these funds to hold book and school supply drives, build reading rooms and fund other projects. 1,400 - the number of service hours and employees, faculty, alumni and students logged completing these projects.

Our staff volunteered over 1,400 hours with Junior Achievement to facilitate curriculum, run events and educate students

In Arizona, we co-created and sponsored JA You're Hired where more than 350 students from 19 different high schools attended workshops and participated in competitive sessions on networking, interviewing, leadership, ethics and more

University of Phoenix sponsored service projects in San Francisco, Phoenix, Washington, D.C. and Chicago

We collaborated with Points of Light Institute to train and activate service leaders, build nonprofit capacity and mobilize volunteers across the country during Road to the Gulf, a program of the HandsOn Network

Engaged nearly 10,000 volunteers and trained 2,500 volunteer leaders

Our staff volunteered over 1,200 hours with the HandsOn Network

Apollo Education Group was ranked #83 of the 500 largest U.S. companies in Newsweek's Green Rankings

University of Phoenix shifted copy paper purchases to full use of paper with 30% consumer recycled content

From 2009 to 2010, Apollo Education Group facilities in the U.S. reduced electricity usage by 10% and greenhouse gas emissions by 9%

2011 Phoenix lighting efficiency actions projected to reduce 750 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and over 1.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity - enough to power 100 homes

In December of 2011, Apollo Education Group gave 18,000 employees the opportunity to support a classroom through DonorsChoose.org

  • 7,111 employees participated
  • 3,277 projects were supported
  • 311,494 students were reached
  • 71% of projects funded brought materials and resources to high poverty schools
  • 3,081 teachers in 2,675 schools in all 50 states received donations for their classrooms and projects