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IBM Awards Grants to Help Build a Smarter Planet

Not for Profit Organizations and Educational Institutions Receive Nearly $1 Million in Additional Grant Support

Armonk, NY, USA - 20 Jul 2011: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today awarded nearly $1 million in Smarter Planet grants to 11 organizations around the world.  The IBM Centennial Grants are both monetary and in-kind awards up to US$100,000 each and fund innovative projects in areas such as healthcare, energy and food safety.

"Non profit and education organizations are the lifeblood of local communities, and we want to help them by offering support to build a smarter planet," said Stanley S. Litow, vice president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs at IBM. "In conjunction with our employees making their skills available through massive volunteer efforts, IBM's Centennial grants will help non profits and educational organizations meet their key goals."

IBM recently completed a Celebration of Service Day, a milestone in its year long commitment to skills based volunteering. The event included more than 300,000 IBM employees donating 2.7 million hours of service time at 5,000 large scale activities, serving over 10 million people on just one day, which represented the largest activity of its kind.  The organizations of the IBM Centennial grant recipients collaborated with significantly large numbers of IBM volunteers during the Celebration of Service Day.

The IBM Centennial grant recipients include:

Throughout 2011, IBM is awarding a total of $12 million in grants worldwide to that support employees' volunteer activities to build a smarter planet.  The new technology and cash grants expand IBM's commitment to communities worldwide by 140 percent over the previous year.  IBM's total worldwide giving program in 2010 was $189.2 million.  

To help commemorate IBM's Centennial and build on IBM's long tradition of community service, IBMers around the world are volunteering their time and talent in unprecedented amounts throughout 2011 in support of smarter planet initiatives.  These efforts make up a global 'Celebration of Service' (http://www.ibm.com/ibm100/service) in which hundreds of thousands of IBMers and retirees get out into their communities and apply their best expertise to the most pressing civic challenges facing society.  

For more information about IBM's Centennial, please visit http://www.ibm100.com.

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Lisa Lanspery
IBM Media Relations
+1-914-499-6532
lisalanspery@us.ibm.com

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