BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sun Capital Partners Foundation, Inc. (“The Foundation”), today announced that it has selected Coconut Creek-based Junior Achievement of South Florida, Inc., a chapter of Junior Achievement USA (“JA”), to receive a $50,000 grant. JA is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.
JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.8 million students per year in more than 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide.
“Junior Achievement of South Florida’s programs offer kids fundamental lessons in practical economic skills and financial literacy,” said Marc Leder, Co-CEO of Sun Capital Partners and President of The Foundation. “As an entrepreneur and investor, I can personally attest to the life-long importance of learning these business basics at a young age.”
Junior Achievement of South Florida was founded locally in 1959 by the Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club and served just 373 high school students during its first year. Programs now span grades K-12, with age-appropriate curricula designed to teach elementary students about their roles as individuals, workers, and consumers and to prepare middle grade and high school students for key economic and workforce issues they will face. Junior Achievement programs reached over 48,000 Broward and south Palm Beach County students during the 2014-2015 school year.
Marc J. Leder and Rodger R. Krouse, founders of Sun Capital Partners, started The Foundation with the belief that success brings with it a responsibility to make a difference in local communities. By supporting innovative non-profit organizations, The Foundation aims to fulfill its mission of promoting sustainable and positive change. The Foundation’s Charity Committee carefully evaluates potential charitable partners to ensure the funding the Foundation provides is deployed effectively and has a meaningful impact.
The Foundation serves to enhance Sun Capital’s strong culture of social engagement and giving back. Previous grant recipients include HANDY (“Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth”), Boca Helping Hands, Women In Distress, SOS Children’s Villages, and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.
About Sun Capital Partners Foundation, Inc.
Sun Capital Partners Foundation, Inc. was established in 2007 to unite the Sun Capital family in a purposeful philanthropic effort.
About Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
Sun Capital Partners is a global private equity firm focused on identifying companies’ untapped potential and leveraging its deep operational and financial resources to transform results. Sun Capital is a trusted partner that is recognized for its investment and operational experience, including particular expertise in the consumer products and services, food and beverage, industrial, packaging, chemicals, building products, automotive, restaurant and retail sectors. Since 1995, Sun Capital has invested in more than 330 companies worldwide across a broad range of industries and transaction structures. Sun Capital has offices in Boca Raton, Los Angeles and New York, and affiliates in London, Frankfurt, Stockholm and Shenzhen.