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For Immediate Release

AmFund Announces Golden Pear Grant Applications

Will Be Accepted Beginning Tuesday, June 28th


MAITLAND, Fla. (June 23, 2022) – The American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund) announced it would begin accepting applications for its Golden Pear Grants beginning Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. When awarded, these grants will provide unrestricted funds to help support nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. Organizations can complete and submit a simple application online at This is the first step to qualifying for a Golden Pear Grant. The submission deadline is 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

The Golden Pear Grants were launched in the midst of the covid pandemic when nonprofit organizations were struggling to meet their fundraising goals. Since 2020, AmFund has awarded more than $250,000 in grants and more than $3 million in unrestricted donations to nonprofit organizations through its signature programs.

“Our Golden Pear Grants have become another hallmark of the American Fundraising Foundation - funding the cause of so many worthy nonprofits,” said Deborah Marshall, COO of the American Fundraising Foundation. “AmFund has been and will continue to be a trusted advisor to nonprofits as we provide educational seminars, media training, a speaker’s bureau, and much-needed unrestricted funds for all the exceptional work being done by nonprofits that are devoted to saving and enhancing lives and communities every day.”

Applying for a Golden Pear Grant is much simpler than a standard grant application. “It is our desire to ensure organizations are able to complete the application process in less than an hour, thus reducing precious staff time from the very outset,” observed Marshall. “The multiple awards will range between $1,000 and $25,000 and are unrestricted”.

Each year, the number of applicants has increased for these prestigious grants. As a result, the AmFund Board continues to set aside larger amounts each cycle and increase the number of organizations selected for AmFund’s other fundraising programs – all at no cost to the nonprofits.

Media Contact:

Deborah Marshall

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

(407) 895-8000

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 500 organizations in support of their funding needs.

The national headquarters of AmFund is located in Florida and is a designated Florida nonprofit foundation. 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 two decades of fundraising experience. It offers expertise in a wide variety of topics for groups ranging in size from 12 to 1000.

Since its inception in 1999, the American Fundraising Foundation has donated more than $44 million to 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.

Additionally, AmFund annually distributes unrestricted funds known as Golden Pear Grants, to select organizations.

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.

For more information about AmFund, visit or call (407) 895-8000. Read AmFund’s blog at and connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.



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