AT&T Supports Fox Valley Symphony; Builds Stronger Communities Through $9 Million in National Grant Program

December 14, 2007

APPLETON, Wis., Dec. 14, 2007 -- The AT&T Foundation -- the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) -- has announced that it has awarded $15,000 to support the Fox Valley Symphony through the AT&T Excelerator competitive technology grant program.

Since 2002, the AT&T Excelerator program has provided more than 2,500 technology grants -- totaling more than $47.8 million -- to organizations across the country. In 2007, more than 680 regional and local nonprofit organizations benefited from nearly $9 million through the competitive program.

"We are a nonprofit producing live symphonic music in a commercial entertainment world. This grant from AT&T will allow us to vastly improve our technological capabilities and improve the way we market our concerts and organization," said Marta Weldon, executive director of the Fox Valley Symphony. "We are extremely grateful for AT&T's generous investment in the Symphony and our community."

The AT&T Excelerator grant will support a technology infrastructure upgrade which includes funding for computers and software, a projector, digital camera and a printer to improve the efficiency of the office management.

"In today's fast-paced world, technology is a vital component to the success of nonprofit organizations that do not always have the funds to properly use cost-saving technologies," said Timothy M. Hanna, mayor of Appleton. "Personally seeing the benefits of technology at organizations such as the Fox Valley Symphony demonstrates the increased need to properly fund and equip such efforts."

The AT&T Excelerator program provides technology access to organizations working to strengthen underserved communities. Helping nonprofits integrate technology into their operations and community outreach, AT&T Excelerator grants also place technology tools in the hands of the underserved populations that the nonprofits work with in order to provide resources such as education programs, Internet access, computer training and job-skills development.

"For the past six years, the AT&T Excelerator program has demonstrated the importance of how technology can benefit communities and organizations," said Estella Caputo, director of External Affairs, AT&T Wisconsin. The Fox Valley Symphony and other organizations in the Fox Valley area will continue to use technology funded by this program to empower the community and change the lives of the people whom they serve on a day-to-day basis. We commend Mayor Hanna for his dedication in assisting nonprofit organizations in Appleton and understanding the vital role that technology plays in their success."

2007 AT&T Excelerator grants will help nonprofit organizations across the state of Wisconsin improve their operations and build stronger communities through:
  • Internet Access -- networked, high speed access to the Internet and e-mail.
  • Data Networking -- network connectivity that enables easy sharing of database applications and information systems.
  • Online Outreach -- interactive, Web-based applications that support activities such as service delivery, volunteer recruiting and e-fundraising.
  • Staff Technology Capacity -- technology-training programs for nonprofit staff members.
  • Pooled Technology Resources -- programs that work to address the technology needs of multiple nonprofits.
In 2006, AT&T Inc. and the AT&T Foundation contributed more than $101 million to nonprofit organizations across the country. With its strong giving record, the AT&T Foundation ranks among the most generous corporate foundations in the United States.

About the Fox Valley Symphony
The Fox Valley Symphony's mission is to enrich and nurture the human spirit through symphonic music and educational opportunities that enhance the cultural development of our community. The Symphony is in its 41st season under the direction of Brian Groner. FVS sponsors two youth orchestras, the Youth Symphony and Philharmonia Strings. In addition to the season concert series, the Symphony performs an education concert for students enrolled in the Partners in Education program.

About Philanthropy at AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T supports projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2006, AT&T contributed more than $101 million through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc., combine more than $1.8 billion of historic charitable commitment to communities across the country.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at

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