SOURCE: Nissan North America, Inc.

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June 29, 2016 07:00 ET

Nissan Foundation Awards $700,000 to 27 Nonprofits to Support Building Inclusive Communities

Nissan Continues Its 24-Year-Long Commitment to Fostering Cultural Diversity

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwired - June 29, 2016) - The Nissan Foundation today announced its board of directors has awarded $700,000 in grants to nonprofits in seven states to support innovative programs that break down societal barriers and build inclusive communities through education and outreach. The Nissan Foundation has awarded more than $9.3 million to date.

The grants will fund 27 projects, including Jobs for Mississippi Graduates, a drop-out prevention program, which helps support job attainment, job survival, leadership development, life survival skills, economic empowerment and cultural diversity; the Oasis Center "Building Bridges" program, which serves 300 Nashville youths annually with anti-discrimination/anti-violence programming at schools; and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants "Neighbor-to-Neighbor Project," which provides school programs, employer training and workshops on social services for Iraqi immigrants in Detroit.

"The organizations and projects selected for 2016 represent those who provide culturally diverse and relevant programs in communities where Nissan operates," said Scott Becker, president of the Nissan Foundation. "The Nissan Foundation is proud to support their missions to enrich people's lives and open doors to new ways of understanding our neighbors and the world we live in."

The Nissan Foundation was founded in 1992 after three weeks of violent civil unrest occurred near the headquarters for Nissan's U.S. sales operations then in Southern California. The Foundation was created as a thoughtful response to a societal need that still affects communities today -- supporting local organizations that promote the value of cultural diversity in American society and foster greater social and racial equality.

Diversity has remained a core value of Nissan. Thirty-eight percent of Nissan's U.S. customers are ethnically diverse, the highest among major automakers in the U.S.

This year, the Foundation reviewed 33 proposals from nonprofits located in Southern California, North Central Texas, Middle Tennessee, Central Mississippi, Eastern Michigan, and the New York and Atlanta metro areas. Grant recipients promote cultural diversity across a variety of arts, education, social and public programs.

2016 Grant Recipients

California

Georgia

Michigan

Mississippi

New York

Tennessee

Texas

About the Nissan Foundation
Established in 1992, the mission of the Nissan Foundation is to build community through valuing cultural diversity. The Nissan Foundation is part of Nissan North America's commitment to "enrich people's lives" by helping to meet the needs of communities throughout the U.S. through philanthropic investments, corporate outreach sponsorships, in-kind donations and other charitable contributions.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

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