BOCA RATON, FLA. (PRWEB) DECEMBER 19, 2018 Vertical Bridge, the largest private owner and operator of communications infrastructure in the United States, is proud to announce that its philanthropic arm, the Vertical Bridge Charitable Network (VBCN), has had its most successful year to date. In 2018, VBCN donated over $1.25 million to more than 100 non-profit organizations around the country, a nearly 30% increase in donations from 2017. Since Vertical Bridge’s founding four years ago, VBCN has donated more than $3.1 million.
The 2018 contributions exceeded VBCN’s goal this year by more than $50,000, thanks in large part to its employee matching program. Vertical Bridge employees’ participation in other VBCN initiatives also increased to record highs, including utilizing more than 1,000 hours of paid time off to give back to a charitable cause of their choice. Employees also organized over 30 VBCN-sponsored events throughout their communities nationwide.
“Philanthropy has been a pillar of Vertical Bridge since we started in 2014, and we’ve worked hard to maintain it as an integral part of our culture as we’ve grown the company,” said Alex Gellman, CEO and co-founder of Vertical Bridge. “2018 was an extremely exciting year for Vertical Bridge, and to have a record year for VBCN, especially one driven by employee participation, is truly icing on the cake.”
Gellman noted that a particularly meaningful event this year was this summer’s Honoring, Inspiring & Celebrating Our Military, a company-wide initiative where more than 160 Vertical Bridge employees hosted an afternoon of games and fun for active and retired military servicemen, Florida public service officers and their families. Guests also had the opportunity to hear from and meet New York Times bestselling author and retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne at the event.
Additional highlights from 2018 included co-hosting a benefit concert with Music Movement to help create music programs for children with autism at this year’s WIA conference as well as making a $110,000 contribution to the organization; assisting with critical relief efforts after Hurricane Michael through a $65,000 donation to Feeding the Gulf Coast and Children’s Advocacy Center; contributing over $40,000 for classroom and educational supplies through DonorsChoose.org; and awarding more than $60,000 in college scholarships through VBCN’s annual scholarship program.
About Vertical Bridge
Vertical Bridge is the largest private owner and operator of communications infrastructure and locations in the United States. The company owns, operates and master leases over 134,000 tower, rooftop, billboard, utility attachment and other site locations in support of wireless network deployments. Based in Boca Raton, Florida, Vertical Bridge was founded in 2014 by key executives from Digital Bridge Holdings, LLC and former senior officers of Global Tower Partners. The senior management team at Vertical Bridge has over 200 years of collective experience in tower infrastructure and related sectors. For more information, please visit http://www.verticalbridge.com.