Nashville Public Television announced today that it is a 2016 recipient of a Nissan Foundation grant. The grant will help fund NPT’s Next Door Neighbors project, which aligns with the Nissan Foundation’s mission of promoting the value of cultural diversity and building inclusive communities.
Next Door Neighbors began in 2008 and, through documentaries and video shorts, aims to shed light on Nashville’s status as a new destination city for refugees and immigrants and to explore the rich diversity of people now calling Middle Tennessee home. The most recent documentary, Next Door Neighbors: Becoming American, premiered June 23 on NPT.
“We are grateful for Nissan’s generous support of NPT’s Next Door Neighbors project which shares the cultures, struggles, sacrifices and successes of our immigrant and refugee communities with the greater Middle Tennessee community,” said Beth Curley, NPT’s president and CEO. “With Next Door Neighbors, NPT has helped foster a growing embrace of diversity while highlighting the many ways that new immigrants are contributing to Nashville’s growing economy and vibrant cultural life. We are honored to be selected as one of the leading culturally diverse and relevant programs in a community that serves as a home to Nissan’s U.S. operations.”
2016 marks the 10th time NPT has received a grant from the Nissan Foundation, and it is one of 27 recipients to be selected this year. In its 24-year history, the Foundation has awarded more than $9.3 million to more than 100 nonprofit organizations across the United States.
“The Nissan Foundation is proud to support NPT’s mission to enrich people’s lives and open doors to new ways of understanding our neighbors and the world we live in,” said Scott Becker, president of the Nissan Foundation. “Diversity is 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.”
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.