The Coca-Cola Foundation, the beverage company’s primary international philanthropic arm, is committed to investing time, money and resources to create and support projects that will help develop and maintain vibrant, sustainable communities around the world.

Between 2002 and 2010, the Foundation awarded $270 million to support global programs focused on water stewardship, healthy living, recycling and education, all of which are tenets of Coca-Cola’s Live Positively campaign.

In 2011, the charity donated more than $70 million to 263 community organizations around the world. Specifically, in the fourth quarter of this year, The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded $17.9 million to 83 organizations around the globe.

Here are just a few of the initiatives that received awards this quarter:

Water Conservation in the UK
Coca-Cola granted WWF UK $700,000. The conservation group has joined forces with Coca-Cola in an effort to restore and protect rivers and streams across England.

Recycling in Latin America

Coca-Cola donated $500,000 to AVINA Americas, a charity that contributes to sustainable development in Latin America by encouraging alliances among social and business leaders.

Education in the United States

Coca-Cola made two large, multiyear grants to two universities in Atlanta, where the company was founded more than 125 years ago. The first, to Georgia State University, was a $1.3 million grant to help the school recruit, retain and graduate students who are the first in their families to attend college, and to offer business students study abroad to advance the skills they need for leadership in global markets.

The second grant, to Spelman College, was a $1.2 million donation to help fund scholarships through the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program, among other initiatives.

Local Priorities

The Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., received a $2 million multiyear grant in support of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of African Art and the National Zoo.

For a complete list of organizations that received donations, click here.