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Blackboard Awards Five Grants to Support Global Learning Programs
Blackboard Charitable Giving Program Recognizes Worthy Organizations that are Helping to Inspire the World to Learn

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. today announced the five organizations that received grants as a part of the company's annual Charitable Giving Program. Local representatives from three of the organizations were welcomed today to the company's new corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Today's event marks the second year that Blackboard has presented grants as part of the program, and is the latest effort to deliver on its mission to reimagine education, and to strive to inspire the world to learn.

"Days like today are one of the best parts of my job," said Jay Bhatt, CEO of Blackboard. "The work that these organizations do every day is directly tied to creating better outcomes for learners around the world, and I couldn't be more proud to support them. I look forward to working with them throughout the coming year to help accomplish their unique goals and missions."

This year's grant recipients are:

Turning the Page helps link public schools, families and communities, ensuring that students receive valuable educational resources and a high-quality public education. The grant funds will be utilized to increase technology access and education for families in DC and Chicago.

The Black Star Project educates, organizes, and mobilizes parents, students, volunteers and community partners to facilitate a wide variety of programs, high-visibility campaigns, and other special initiatives throughout the year. The grant will support a new round of the organization's Youth Tech 2.0 program, where students develop websites for local businesses, as well as fund its academic enrichment programs.

Digital Harbor Foundation provides youth in Baltimore, Maryland with year-round technology programs including introductory and advanced after-school courses, summer camps, and intensive hack-a-thon competitions. The grant will enable the organization to increase tech education opportunities for youth, educators, and organizations across the country.

Lark's Song is committed to empowering individuals and organizations to create positive transformative change in their lives and in the world through education, life purpose discovery, and coaching and leadership development. The grant will help support the organization's Global Education Initiative in Zambia, Africa, providing training for educational coaches, and establish Internet access.

New Community for Children collaborates with parents and families, local schools and community partners to holistically prepare youth to become productive adults who in turn give their time and talents back to their communities. The grant will help fund the organization's STEM curriculum.

Click here to learn more about Blackboard's Charitable Giving Program and how to apply for the 2016 program.

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About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company. We challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning in order to reimagine education and make it more accessible, engaging and relevant to the modern-day learner and the institutions that serve them. In partnership with our customers in higher education and K-12 as well as corporations and government agencies around the world, our mission is to help every learner achieve their full potential by inspiring a passion for lifelong learning. For more information about Blackboard, follow us on Twitter @Blackboard.

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