In the last decade, the Walter Kaitz Foundation has become the official diversity arm of the telecommunications industry. Each year, the Foundation bestows grants in excess of $1 million to support initiatives and programs that promote diversity and inclusion.
One unremitting aspect of the organization has been the annual fundraising dinners, which started in 1984 with an event held in the Empire Room at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Since then, the Annual Fundraising Dinner has become the centerpiece of what is now known as “Diversity Week,” a series of cable industry events that take advantage of the conglomeration of colleagues in New York.
Starting in 2019, the T. Howard Foundation, which focuses on programs for diverse college students, will be included in the Foundation’s distribution of grants.