June 12, 2013
Exelon Foundation Supports Employment for People with Disabilities with Three-Year Pledge to National Organization on Disability
$300,000 commitment from energy company’s foundation will assist NOD in its mission
NEW YORK – The National Organization on Disability (NOD) today announced that the Exelon Foundation, an independent, non-profit philanthropic organization funded by energy company Exelon Corporation, has committed $300,000 over three years to support NOD’s disability employment initiatives.
A portion of the Exelon Foundation’s pledge will go toward convening members of NOD’s CEO Council, which offers business leaders support and resources for building a diversified workforce that includes people with disabilities. CEO Council members and their companies receive resources for building a universally inclusive workplace and guidance on expanding successful recruitment of people with disabilities. NOD works closely with CEO Council members, including Exelon Corporation, to support and expand their diversity hiring goals.
“The Exelon Foundation’s support is instrumental to the ongoing development of our CEO Council,” said Carol Glazer, president of NOD. “This generous donation will enable members to engage with each other more regularly and purposefully to share best practices in disability hiring, as well as to participate more strategically in shaping NOD’s work. We’re incredibly appreciative of the Exelon Foundation’s commitment to NOD and to our mission, and we look forward to their continued partnership over the next three years.”
The first initiative funded by the grant will be a flagship event for NOD CEO Council members on Oct. 8, 2013, in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, at the Independence Visitor Center in Philadelphia. The event will feature a panel discussion on the future of the labor force moderated by Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc, the leading source of information on diversity management. Panelists to date include Stephen Szilagyi, supply chain executive at Lowe’s; Donald Fan, senior director, Global Office of Diversity at Walmart; and Dr. Rohini Anand, senior vice president and global chief diversity officer for Sodexo.
“A diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities brings an employer more perspectives and experiences, leading to smarter decisions and better performance,” said Steve Solomon, president of the Exelon Foundation. “NOD has proven a valuable partner to many employers, helping them achieve their diversity goals. We’re proud to work with NOD to help create more employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”
Glazer said the flagship event this October is an important step in strengthening the impact of the CEO Council by bringing together corporate leaders to discuss the important role that disability hiring plays in today’s workplace. “Some of the most forward-thinking individuals and companies in the nation will be engaging in this conversation, and we have the Exelon Foundation to thank for helping to make this happen,” added Glazer.
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation of America’s 56 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. The organization's current focus is on increasing employment opportunities for the 79 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. Current employment programs benefit individuals with disabilities looking for employment, high school students with disabilities transitioning into the workforce, seriously wounded, ill and injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and employers seeking to become more diverse by expanding existing diversity initiatives to include people with disabilities. For more information about NOD, its CEO Council, and employment programs, visit www.NOD.org.
About the Exelon Foundation
The Exelon Foundation works to strengthen the social and economic fabric of the community and encourage environmental stewardship by supporting innovative approaches to math and science education, diversity and tolerance, and the environment and conservation. The foundation makes grants to non-profit, tax-exempt organizations located primarily in communities that the Exelon family of companies serves, including northern Illinois, southeastern Pennsylvania, central Maryland, Texas, and Massachusetts. The Exelon Foundation is an independent, non-profit philanthropic organization funded entirely by Exelon Corporation through shareholder dollars.