CPBN Awards United Technologies Its First Power of Giving Award

Release Date: 04/28/2009

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) has selected United Technologies Corporation to receive the very first Power of Giving Award. The award honors United Technologies’ commitment to civic outreach, philanthropy and volunteerism, along with the company’s remarkable contributions to Connecticut’s communities.

“We’d like to recognize United Technologies’ selfless altruism,” said Jerry Franklin, president and CEO of CPBN. “Through UTC’s outreach involvement, philanthropic contributions and emphasis on volunteerism, they have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to improving the lives of Connecticut residents. These are challenging times, and the philanthropy of companies like United Technologies is absolutely essential to enhancing our livelihoods.”

“I’m proud to lead a company that has a tremendous history of supporting the community,” said UTC president and CEO Louis Chênevert. “UTC employees at all levels unselfishly offer their time and talents to support many great nonprofit organizations in our community.”

United Technologies Corporation will be featured on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR), as well as in Connecticut Magazine.  

Through these “Power of Giving Corporate Profiles,” CPBN spotlights businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to the support and advancement of nonprofit organizations in Connecticut. In addition to United Technologies, other organizations with marked dedication to philanthropy will be similarly honored during 2009 by CPBN.

The Power of Giving Award is part of a larger campaign to promote awareness of nonprofit organizations and community service statewide.

With small budgets, many nonprofits find themselves having a difficult time supporting those who depend on them, and those who used to contribute are now finding themselves in need of assistance. In response to this rising concern, CPBN is building an awareness and education campaign that reminds individuals and corporations about the importance of nonprofits. In addition to the Corporate Profiles, the campaign is powered by a powerful new programming initiative. CPTV is producing two original documentaries focusing on the role of generosity statewide. Volunteerism looks at engaged citizens across every generation, from the growing population of volunteer baby boomers to the waves of inspired young students. Philanthropy examines the impact that giving provides on the organizational level, getting the opinions of state and national experts on the problems and potential remedies of the philanthropic world. Augmented by television and Web vignettes, the documentaries present a cohesive, unified picture of an expansive world of giving.

About Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The CBPN also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cpbn.org.

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