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Recipient Announcements Delayed in Golden Pear Grants Due to Hurricane Ian Impact


MAITLAND, Fla. (October 10, 2022) – The American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund) has been delayed in making its announcement about recipients of the 2022 Golden Pear Grant Recipients as a result of Hurricane Ian.

“Due to the necessity of temporarily closing our headquarters as a result of Hurricane Ian, we were unable to finalize selection of this year’s Golden Pear Grant recipients. It is important that we give every consideration to the over 2,500 applicants as we complete our review,” said Deborah Marshall, Chief Operating Officer. “We expect to make our formal announcement by October 26th.”

“We recognize the wonderful work being done by nonprofits throughout the country and appreciate the need for our unrestricted grants”, she continued. “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.”

Once decisions are made, all applicants will be notified. Recipient organizations will receive an announcement, press kit and photo of a big check presentation.

“Our greatest joy is helping organizations fund their cause through one of our many signature funding opportunities.” Marshall said.

Each year AmFund, approves and partners with over 500 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 23 years, AmFund has distributed over $44 million to worthy organizations through its sponsorship of events and over $250K in grants since 2020.

For more information about AmFund visit their website at or request an appointment with one of their team members by contacting

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 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 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 distributed more than $44 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.

Additionally, AmFund annually donates 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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