Branded under the theme, “Give Where You Live,” Cox Charities is a unique, employee-giving campaign that was launched in 2015 in Cox’s Metro New Orleans Region and is totally funded by Cox employees. All money raised is given back locally to the four-parish service area.“Cox Charities is both funded and guided by employees. A local team of dedicated employees in each of our six markets will decide how every dollar is invested back into the communities we serve. Our company and our employees are passionate about supporting programs that positively impact where we do business,” said Steve Sawyer, director of public and government affairs for Cox in New Orleans.
Cox Charities was created to strengthen Cox communities by supporting programs in the areas of education, technology, social issues, conservation and the arts. Funds are distributed annually in the form of Community Investment Grants and Innovation in Education Grants. The Innovation in Education Grants Cycle occurs in the spring of each year; in 2017, employees donated nearly $40,000 to local schools.
In addition to Community Investment Grants and Innovation in Education Grants, a portion of the funds helps Cox employees. The Cox Benevolent Fund is a relief fund to aid Cox employees with short-term financial assistance during unexpected and unavoidable financial hardships and emergencies.