Lenovo Hope Fund grants totaling approximately $80,000 in cash and equipment have been distributed to 35 non-profit organizations worldwide, with one going to the Special Olympics of North Carolina.

The Lenovo Hope Fund supports charitable organizations that are founded by Lenovo employees or where Lenovo employees have taken an active volunteer role.

“As Lenovo increases its presence worldwide, we are developing strong relationships with the communities where we work and have established a fund to help our employees’ fuel their charitable work,” said Deepak Advani, chief marketing officer, Lenovo. “We are committed to donating one percent of our profits worldwide to charitable causes, and the Lenovo Hope Fund allows our employees to be more directly involved in that effort.”

Special Olympics of North Carolina (SONC) provides more than 16,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the state with the opportunity to participate in sports training and competition.

“Lenovo has provided Special Olympics with important funding and volunteers, which makes them a wonderful partner,” said Keith L. Fishburne, president and CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina. “In addition to Lenovo’s financial support, more than 50 Lenovo volunteers spent a full Saturday in June assisting athletes and timers in the annual Special Olympic Games. “

Also included in the list of U.S.-based recipients were Magnificent Mile (benefitting the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation) and Hope Web Design.