Adobe plans to donate over $3.4 million to support public benefit organizations and schools worldwide, the company announced yesterday.

The donations will come in the form of cash grants, scholarships, match funding and product donations. The company says its focus is to help: "Break the cycle of poverty and on serving the areas where Adobe employees live and work." The scheme has been extended to include recipients in India, Europe, Canada and Japan this year.

Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen said: "Adobe is part of a global community, which, now more than ever, needs corporate support for humanitarian and educational initiatives. Adobe's commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism is unwavering, and we will continue to look for opportunities to make a difference in the communities where our employees live and work."

Hunger, health and education In India, Adobe is supporting UNICEF's 25 by 2005 educational program dedicated to growing the number of girls in school by 2005. In the UK it is sponsoring a Habitat for Humanity building project. In Canada, Adobe is working with the City of Ottawa to help the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres provide a variety of programs that address community issues, such as hunger, health and education.

Adobe's educational scholarship program also has been broadened to include students in Canada, Japan, Germany, UK, India and France pursuing degree programs in engineering, maths, science or education.

Along with its cash grants and product donations, Adobe has deposited half-a-million dollars into the Adobe Foundation Fund which the company established last year in partnership with the Community Foundation Silicon Valley.

A complete list of community partners is available online.