Destination Imagination Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

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Educational Nonprofit to Expand Program Access in Under-Resourced Communities

“Now more than ever, it is vital for organizations to make STEM education more approachable and accessible for youth in underserved communities to ensure educational justice and to help narrow the STEM gap." - Michele Tuck-Ponder

Destination Imagination (DI), a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching students the creative process through hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) and service learning challenges, today announced it has received a $30,000 grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions. Through the grant, Destination Imagination will have the opportunity to further expand access to its program for students in underserved communities in eight states—Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Texas and Washington.

“Now more than ever, it is vital for organizations to make STEM education more approachable and accessible for youth in underserved communities to ensure educational justice and to help narrow the STEM gap,” said Michele Tuck-Ponder, Executive Director of Destination Imagination, Inc. “We are honored to continue working with the Motorola Solutions Foundation on this significant mission, and through this generous grant, we will have the opportunity to support and empower hundreds of students from diverse backgrounds and to center the voices of the most marginalized.”

The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as Destination Imagination, that support and advance education initiatives in public safety and technology and engineering. Additionally, the Foundation has a long-standing commitment to supporting programs that benefit underrepresented populations, including females, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans and others.

“This year, the Foundation’s grants will support programs that help millions of students, teachers, first responders and community members around the globe,” said Karem Perez, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We are thrilled to partner with organizations like Destination Imagination that are actively making a positive difference in their communities.”

Funding is available for Title I schools and youth/community organizations to cover the costs associated with running the Destination Imagination Challenge Experience for middle and high school students in certain communities throughout the U.S. For more information, please contact Destination Imagination at

About Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The organization is a leader in project-based learning experiences, where students work together in teams to solve open-ended STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and service learning Challenges and then present their solutions at tournaments. Since its foundation in 1999, Destination Imagination has impacted more than one million students. To learn more, please visit

About the Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The Foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation prioritizes its funding on public safety education, technology & engineering education, disaster relief, and employee volunteerism. For more information on Motorola Solutions corporate and foundation giving, visit our website:

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Tina Shaffer
Destination Imagination, Inc.
since: 11/2010
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