Disney Donates $700,000 to NGOs

Posted In Thoughtworks, World - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 With 0 Comments






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An extremely noble cause I must say. Walt Disney World has just wrapped up two weeks of handing out some very hefty checks – $700,000 in all – to 34 local nonprofit organizations that help children.

The top award, and a $60,000 check delivered by Disney’s “prize patrol,” went to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida for the second year in a row. The money will support the charity’s child-development program and is urgently needed.

The program tries to instill values of honesty, integrity, responsibility, personal power and self-esteem among the children living at the homeless shelter.

Disney also gave $50,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, which will be able to continue its mentoring program as a result.

Among the other recipients were the Bridges of Light Foundation ($48,000), the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida ($40,000), Harbor House of Central Florida ($39,000), the Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka ($35,000), the Foster Grandparent Program of Central Florida ($30,000), New Hope for Kids ($25,700), the Apopka Family Learning Center ($25,000) and the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation ($25,000).

Despite the recession, which has forced other corporate donors to cut back, Disney has held steady in its Helping Kids Shine grants, giving out $700,000 for each of the past four years. The community grants program began in 1972, one year after Walt Disney World opened in Central Florida.

-NKJ

Source: an email