A group of volunteers from Cox Communications and Cox Charities celebrate a backyard makeover for the Make-A-Wish Foundation as part of its giving program. Photo courtesy of Cox Communications

A group of volunteers from Cox Communications and Cox Charities celebrate a backyard makeover for the Make-A-Wish Foundation as part of its giving program. Photo courtesy of Cox Communications

Cox Charities is celebrating 20 years of giving in California with 20 acts of kindness in San Diego and other California communities served by Cox Communications. The acts of kindness will include funding even more high school scholarships and grants to nonprofit organizations this year, and some surprise donations that support local youth and families. Funded by employee donations that are matched by the company, Cox Charities is a philanthropic arm of Cox established in San Diego in 1999.

Sam Attisha, senior vice president and region manager for Cox in California said: “In 1999, our employees said they wanted to help give back and support their community too, so we established Cox Charities to support their philanthropic spirit.”

A diverse volunteer board of employees oversees Cox Charities and its giving programs, which have contributed more than $5.5 million back into local communities, including San Diego, Orange County, Palos Verdes and Santa Barbara.

Each year, Cox Charities awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors through its Cox Scholars program and grants to local nonprofits to fund programs focused on youth, education, diversity and inclusion, and conservation. Cox Scholars scholarship recipients will be announced in May. Nonprofit grant applications will be accepted in the fall.