Envision Receives $5,000 Monsanto Fund Grant For Level Up Conference

July 10, 2017

Wichita, Kan. – Envision announced today that it has received a $5,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund’s 2017 site grant initiative. Funds from the grant will be used to support Envision’s Level Up Conference, a residential experience held at Wichita State University July 9-14 that is open to high school students with visual impairments living in all areas of the country who want to focus on academic success, explore assistive technology, enhance their interpersonal skills and prepare for their entry into the workforce. 

“Envision is extremely grateful for the donation from the Monsanto Fund that will add to the success of the Level Up Conference this year and in the future,” said Heather Hogan, Senior Vice President of Foundation and Mission Services at Envision. “At Envision, our goal is to challenge teens with vision loss to set high personal, academic and career goals and believe in their ability to achieve them. With its focus on strengthening communities, the Monsanto Fund is the perfect partner for this initiative.”

“Envision’s mission statement of providing opportunities and promoting independence for people who are blind or visually impaired to integrate into the community they live in is a noble and gratifying endeavor,” said Chad Becker, site lead for Monsanto Company’s North America Field Testing and Operations in Wichita. “Monsanto partnering with Envision through the Monsanto Fund Grant is a great opportunity, and we share the similar mission of improving people’s quality of life on a day-to-day basis. Monsanto does this by providing those around the world that are in need with a consistent, abundant and healthier food source. Monsanto makes agriculture a more sustainable and environmentally friendly practice throughout the world through constant product improvements and training for our partners and consumers. We look forward to a continued relationship with Envision.”

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations through its site grant initiative to help address essential needs in rural communities. Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $7.5 million through this program over the last five years.

About Envision: Envision promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.

About Monsanto Fund: The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

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