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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.
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, 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.