Golden Pear Award Grants
MAITLAND, Fla. (February 1, 2022) – The American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund) has announced the names of 40 Golden Pear Award recipients as part of its expanded support for qualified nonprofit organizations throughout the nation. Over 2,100 organizations applied for these special grants due to the adverse impact of the pandemic on their fundraising abilities. This is the third time AmFund has provided unrestricted funding to organizations over and above their signature fundraising programs.
“Each organization effectively demonstrated their need, and as a nonprofit ourselves, it was a very difficult decision to choose some organizations over others”, said Deborah Marshall, Chief Operating Officer of the American Fundraising Foundation. “We are grateful to the nonprofit community for continuing to make life better for all of us through their varied missions. 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.”
This year’s Golden Pear Award recipients, receiving unrestricted grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 are:
We Can Ride – Maple Plain, Minnesota
Lunch Box of Love – Arlington, Texas
House2Home – Nashville, Tennessee
Opera Orlando – Orlando, Florida
Food Bank of North Central Arkansas – Mountain Home, Arkansas
Holy Cross Health Foundation – Silver Spring, Maryland
Higher Ground Sun Valley – Ketchum, Idaho
Friendly Senior Living – Rochester, New York
Emerald School of Excellence – Charlotte, North Carolina
Fenton Center of Hope – Fenton, Michigan
Kiwanis Club of Beckley – Beckley, West Virginia
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado – Durango, Colorado
Books for Kids – New York, New York
Luke’s Wings – Washington, DC
Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless – Minneapolis, Minnesota
New Jersey Highlands Coalition – Boonton, New Jersey
Best Buddies International – Miami, Florida
Montana Food Bank Network – Missoula, Montana
Helping Hands Humane Society – Topeka, Kansas
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Bloomington, Minnesota
Desert Botanical Garden – Phoenix, Arizona
YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas – Grand Prairie, Texas
Humane Society of Austin and Tavis County – Austin, Texas
Warrior Meditation Foundation – Columbus, Ohio
Parent Heart Watch – Wilmington, Delaware
Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation – West Haverstraw, New York
Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children – Paterson, New Jersey
The National Mississippi River Museum – Dubuque, Iowa
Hearts for Hearing Foundation – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
New Pathways for Youth – Phoenix, Arizona
The Painted Turtle- Santa Monica, California
Venice Family Clinic – Venice, California
Northeast Animal Shelter - Salem, Massachusetts
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition – Wilmington, Delaware
Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Illinois Center for Autism – Fairview Heights, Illinois
The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association – Massachusetts
Fairy Godmother Project – Fredericksburg, Virginia
Special in Uniform – New York, New York
Xcel Strategies – Palm Beach, Florida and Savannah, Georgia
“We congratulate the recipients of this year’s awards and are grateful for all the organizations who applied. Their stories are heartwarming and compelling. I cannot imagine life without the valuable services they provide. We will continue to work with each applicant to provide additional funding through our signature sponsorship of events,” said Marshall.
AmFund routinely supports hundreds of nonprofits through sponsorship of events; however, with the necessity of postponing and cancelling events, the landscape for fundraising has rapidly changed. As a result, AmFund continues to introduce new fundraising opportunities. Last year AmFund introduced its VIP Virtual Silent Auction and a new electronic platform uniquely designed for organizations chosen to be supported by AmFund.
The American Fundraising Foundation, a GuideStar Platinum-rated 501(c)3 nonprofit, has donated over 42 million dollars to other service-providing nonprofits over the course of the past 22 years. It was also recognized as 2020 Fundraiser of the Year by Nonprofit PRO.
To apply for AmFund’s additional funding opportunities call 407-895-8000 or send an email to Info@AmFund.org
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
About the American Fundraising Foundation
Each year, the American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund) carefully chooses organizations to support through sponsorship of events, unrestricted grant distribution, virtual silent auctions, and other programs to raise much-needed unrestricted funds for the important mission of those organizations.
AmFund was recognized in 2020 by Nonprofit PRO as Fundraiser of the Year. It is also recognized with the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency and since 1999 has distributed more than $42 million for worthy causes. Its signature silent auctions featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences, that are good for three years with no blackout dates, are presented at organizations’ special events - drawing admiration, praise and excitement as the entire process elevates the event in the eyes of patrons, board members and the community.
Leveraging more than two decades of fundraising experience, AmFund also provides expert training on a wide variety of topics and offers subject matter expertise through its Speaker’s Bureau for groups ranging in size from 12 to 1200.
The American Fundraising Foundation continues to provide unrestricted funds through our other programs. You may contact us by clicking below to see if your organization qualifies for our support through one of these programs. We have expanded the sponsorship opportunities for nonprofits this year and will be happy to present your organization to our Board of Directors for consideration.
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