SSOE / Lathrop Sponsored “Education Challenge Matching Grant” Increases Donations to Toledo United Way Designated for Education by 50%

Toledo, Ohio, March 20, 2012 — SSOE Group (, an international engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announced the results of the 2011 “United Way of Greater Toledo Education Grant.” Last summer, The Lathrop Company and SSOE sponsored this new initiative that matches donations from any source over $100 designated toward education – up to $50,000. The goal was to inspire giving toward education and ensure students are ready for a career after graduation. Overall, the matching grant resulted in $615,000 in giving designated toward education, a 50% increase over 2010.

“United Way gifts designated to education are essential to helping advance our community,” said Greg Braylock, Jr., United Way of Greater Toledo’s education director. “These dollars are making a huge difference for our kids and the future of our community by helping support investments like Schools as Community Hubs, Social and Emotional Learning, Graduation Coaches, and other programs across the community providing valuable supports for our children. We cannot express enough gratitude to SSOE Group and Lathrop for helping us expand these efforts.”

In order to promote giving within the two firms, Lathrop and SSOE also hosted a competition to see which could increase the number of “Leadership Donors” designating their contribution toward education. A “Leadership Donor” is defined as an individual who contributes $1,000 or more annually. Lathrop is the official winner of the challenge with a 29% increase in Leadership Donors who designated their funds for education in 2011 (verses SSOE’s 20% increase). In the end, United Way and the Toledo community are the real winners. For the 2011 campaign, SSOE and its employees donated $150,000 toward the educational fund.

SSOE’s CEO, Tony Damon, stated, “SSOE has been a part of this community for over 60 years. We believe in sharing the advantages of our success in the communities in which we work. SSOE’s corporate-wide support of United Way’s Education Grant will help increase diversity in the fields of math and science by exposing students to educational opportunities that they otherwise might not experience due to budget constraints or financial limitations.”

SSOE’s corporate contributions policy strongly encourages the promotion of education in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). SSOE also demonstrated its commitment to education and promoting the STEM fields through a recent $10,000 donation to the National Math and Science Initiative to provide mini-scholarships to high school students who earned a qualifying score on an advanced placement (AP) course in either math or science.

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About SSOE Group

As an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, SSOE is known for delivering unparalleled client value that advances the AEC industry. They have been named a “Great Workplace” (Great Place to Work®) and one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” (BD+C).

Over the company’s 75-year history, it has earned a reputation for providing quality project solutions to high-tech and general manufacturing clients in the semiconductor, automotive, battery, food, chemical, and glass industries. SSOE also provides forward-thinking design across healthcare and general building sectors such as corporate workplace, education, and judicial—with projects completed in 40 countries. Visit for additional information and career opportunities.

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