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Golden Pear Grant Program

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AmFund Announces Important Changes to Its

Golden Pear Grant Program


MAITLAND, Fla. (July 25, 2023) – The American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund) has announced that its Golden Pear Grant Program is being revamped to expand the dollar amount of individual grants that will be distributed during its next grant cycle in 2024.


“Each year since 2020, we have expanded the total amount of our grant funding, going from $50,000 in our first year, to over $250,000 in our third year for a total of $500,000 being awarded,” said Deborah Marshall, Chief Operating Officer of AmFund. “After lengthy conversations with many nonprofit organizations, we have decided to revamp the Golden Pear Grant to give higher amounts to fewer organizations during next year’s grant cycle.”


The unrestricted grants given by AmFund previously ranged in amounts from $1,000 to $25,000 and were awarded to over 140 organizations representing a broad range of nonprofits throughout the United States.


“We know that every organization selected for a grant is grateful for the unrestricted funds no matter the amount; however, we also recognize the need is even greater for significant funding in order for organizations to see the fruition of special projects, meeting budget shortfalls and even addressing facility maintenance needs,” Marshall continued. “We anticipate the announcement of the new grant cycle after the first of the year and will always keep the application process as simple as possible. We know nonprofits are already stretched thin and shouldn’t have to be unnecessarily bogged down by paperwork.”


The Golden Pear Grant program was born out of the pandemic as many organizations struggled with sustainability. The grant program is only one facet of the many ways AmFund supports organizations. Its Fundraising Travel Program is the premier method AmFund provides for raising significant funds for nonprofits and some dates are still available for support in 2023 and early 2024.


Each year, AmFund approves and partners with over 600 organizations throughout the United States and provides unrestricted funds to support important causes ranging from the arts; veterans’ services; senior and youth programs; animal rescues and therapies; and humanitarian relief. Over the past 24 years, AmFund has distributed over $52 million to worthy organizations through its sponsorship of events and over $500K in unrestricted grants.


About the American Fundraising Foundation

Each year, the American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund) carefully chooses organizations to support through sponsorship of events, year-end grant distribution, virtual silent auctions, and other programs to raise much-needed unrestricted funds for the important mission of those organizations. AmFund currently partners with over 600 organizations in support of their funding needs.


The national headquarters of AmFund is located in Florida and opens its training center to nonprofit organizations for lunch and learns as well as special programs. Its Educational Foundation is a Federally recognized 501(c)3 and provides professional training for Development Directors, Executive Directors, Board Members, and others leveraging more than three decades of fundraising experience. It offers expertise through its Speaker’s Bureau, with a wide variety of topics for groups ranging in size from 12 to 1000.


Since its inception in 1999, the American Fundraising Foundation has distributed more than $52 million for worthy causes. Its signature silent auctions featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences are presented at organizations’ special events, whether in person, virtual or hybrid events, drawing admiration, praise and excitement as the entire process elevates the event in the eyes of patrons, board members and the community.


The Golden Pear, prominently part of AmFund’s logo, is deeply rooted in history as well as in its mission. Throughout history, even before the written word, the pear has been honored as a sacred fruit signifying wisdom, prosperity, good health, longevity, and future happiness – all the things Amfund seeks for its nonprofit partners.




























MAITLAND, Fla. (October 26, 2022) – The American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund) announced recipients of the 2022 Golden Pear Grants during a live stream on Facebook yesterday in a record breaking $250,000 distribution of funds and an additional $100K in-kind donations through its Educational Foundation.

“It is an honor to be able to support so many organizations through this special program,” said Deborah Marshall, Chief Operating Officer. “With over 2500 applicants the decisions were not easy, because each organization is deserving. Awards were given to 57 nonprofit organizations that represent small to medium organizations and some larger organizations with a national footprint. The grants range in amounts from $1,000 to $25,000 each representing a broad range of services.”

This year’s recipients are:

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

Nashville Ballet

Holocaust Memorial Resources & Education Center of Florida

My Very Own Blanket

Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana

City Harvest

Best Friends Animal Society

National Runaway Safeline

Ecology Project International

Folds of Honor Foundation

Double H – Hole in the Woods Ranch

Idaho Zoological Society

The Christian Sharing Center

NPH Friends of Orphans

Kids Matter International

Special In Uniform

Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development

Army Distaff Foundation

Congressional Medal of Honor Society

Boca West Children’s Foundation

United Arts of Central Florida

Live the Life South Florida

Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House

National Mill Dog Rescue

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Huntington

Oklahoma Family Center for Autism

Big Brothers Big Sisters Fayetteville, AR

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper

Laumeier Sculpture Park

Global Lyme Alliance

Nine Line Veteran Services

Sepsis Alliance

Rescue Us

Operation Comfort

California Wildlife Center

Bountifield International

Blue Sky Therapeutic Riding & Respite

Junior League of Pensacola

Low Country Food Bank

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Children of Shelters

Heart of Georgia Hospice

Friends of Karen

Atlanta Mission

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation

Latisha’s House Foundation

Freedom Waters Foundation

To By For Kids Foundation


In addition, the following non-profits received monetary grants as well as in-kind donations of professional consultation for organizational improvements and fundraising tips, along with a onetime use of AmFund’s VIP Virtual Auction Platform:

RECH Foundation


Mental Health Association of the Heartland

Hospice Care Plus

An Angel’s Wing

Running 4 Heroes

Friends of the Desert Mountains

Wesley Chapel Mission Center

Each recipient will receive personal notification, a press kit, big check presentation and feature stories on AmFund’s podcast, newsletters and social media sites.

“This has been a challenging year for many nonprofit organizations, and it is our honor to support them through our unrestricted Golden Pear Grants and the other programs offered by AmFund,” Marshall said. “Today marks another milestone for our organization and we are honored to share it with those that do so much in our communities. The Golden Pear is part of our logo and symbolizes good health, prosperity, longevity, and future happiness – all the things we hope for these worthy organizations.”


Golden Pear Grant Cycle 2022

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