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[April 02, 2014]

Interactive Intelligence Foundation Names 2014 Grant Recipients

INDIANAPOLIS --(Business Wire)--

The Interactive Intelligence Foundation, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to use resources and funding to foster life improvements for at-risk youth, has named its 12 grant recipients for 2014 fund allocation.

The Foundation, the charitable arm of business communications software company Interactive Intelligence (News - Alert) Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ININ), selected its grant recipients based on their alignment with its mission, their emphasis on science and technology, and the impact their project will have on at-risk youth.

"We received 426 grant applications this year, up from 72 last year, and only wish we could've said yes to them all," said Joe Staples (News - Alert), Foundation president and Interactive Intelligence chief marketing officer. "To our recipients, we are grateful to help such worthy causes and hope that these funds will give the youth you serve added opportunities to develop useful life skills."

The following are the 2014 Interactive Intelligence Foundation grant recipients:

  • AR Inc., Staten Island, N.Y. (http://africanrefuge.webs.com/). Provides hands-on learning projects to help at-risk youth, primarily West African refugees.
  • Breakthrough Greater Boston, Cambridge, Mass. (http://www.breakthroughgreaterboston.org/). A six-year after-school and summer program that prepares at-risk youth for college.
  • GENaustin, Austin, Texas (https://genaustin.org/). Provides programs that support and guide girls to make wise choices as they navigate the unique pressures of girlhood.
  • Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Indianapolis, Ind. (http://www.gleaners.org/). Secures, stores and redistributes donated food to 350 Hunger Relief Agencies throughout Indiana.
  • Happy Hollow Children's Camp, Indianapolis, Ind. (http://www.happyhollowcamp.net/). Offers a summer program to economically disadvantaged and certain special needs children from Indianapolis and Central Indiana.
  • The Julian Center, Indianaplis, Ind. (http://www.juliancenter.org/). Provides support and services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other life crises.
  • Marian Middle School, St. Louis, Mo. (http://marianmiddleschool.org/). Provides a STEM program for at-risk youth.
  • Penny Lane Centers, North Hills, Calif. (http://www.pennylane.org/). Provides an array of children's social services, including residential care, transitional housing, foster care, and more.
  • Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida, Fort Myers, Fla. (http://www.qualitylifecenter.org/). Provides structured youth development programs that focus on arts, character and education.
  • STEM Academy, San Antonio, Texas (http://www.neisd.net/stem/). Provides programs that engage and expose students to STEM instruction.
  • St. Francis Community Services, Salina, Kan. (http://www.st-francis.org/). Provides an array of child and family-based services.
  • TRAC SA, South Africa (http://www.trac.sun.ac.za/). Provides programs that encourage students to enter careers in science, engineering and technology.

Grants provided to these recipient organizations will be used for a variety of purposes, including summer STEM education programs, an after-school mobile application development program, summer camp funding for economically-challenged youth, a mobile STEM classroom, weekend food supplies for in-need youth, and other hands-on science and technology learning programs.

The Interactive Intelligence Foundation distributes the funds it raises to a small number of not-for-profit organizations whose missions are aligned with the mission of the Foundation. It raises funds through corporate donations, an annual fundraising event, and through employee and "friends of the foundation" contributions. To-date, the Foundation has raised more than $750,000, which has helped more than a dozen charities in Indiana and throughout the world improve the lives of young people.

To learn more about the Interactive Intelligence Foundation, visit http://interactivefoundation.org/.

About Interactive Intelligence
Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ININ) is a global provider of contact center, unified communications, and business process automation software and services designed to improve the customer experience. The company's solutions, which can be deployed in the cloud or on-premises, are in use by more than 6,000 customers worldwide. Interactive Intelligence is among Software Magazine's 2013 Top 500 Global Software and Service Providers, and has received a Frost & Sullivan (News - Alert) Company of the Year Award for the last five consecutive years. In addition, Glassdoor honored Interactive Intelligence with its 2014 Employees' Choice Award as one of the Best Places to Work in the U.S., and Mashable ranked Interactive Intelligence second on its 2014 list of the Seven Best Tech Companies to Work For. The company was founded in 1994 and employs more than 1,800 people worldwide. Interactive Intelligence is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and has offices throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. It can be reached at +1 317.872.3000 or info@inin.com. Visit Interactive Intelligence on the Web at www.inin.com; on Twitter at www.inin.com/twitter; on Facebook (News - Alert) at www.inin.com/facebook; or on LinkedIn (News - Alert) at www.inin.com/linkedin.

Interactive Intelligence is the owner of the marks INTERACTIVE INTELLIGENCE, its associated LOGO and numerous other marks. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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