SAINT PAUL, Minn., March 25, 2009 — The Frey Foundation of Minnesota, a local grantmaker focused on helping people become selfsufficient, is announcing a $5 million donation that will expand its support for ending homelessness across the state.
CHICAGO, April 1, 2009 — Feeding America today announced that they have received an inaugural grant of $300,000 from the Nationwide Foundation. The funds will be shared by the national office of Feeding America and 15 member food banks in communities where Nationwide Insurance associates live and work.
The Frey Foundation of Minnesota, a local grantmaker focused on helping people become self-sufficient, is announcing a $5 million donation that will expand its support for ending homelessness across the state.
A partnership of governments, businesses and nonprofits is pledging today to redouble its efforts to help the growing number of homeless families in Washington state. The pledge includes up to $60 million over 10 years by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference hopes to mobilize 50,000 people in the Mississippi Delta this summer in a campaign to draw attention to the poverty of a region where some Americans still live in homes with dirt floors and brown water flows from their faucets.
The recession is prompting the leading hunger relief charity in the United States to speed up its current development plan by two years to meet demand for its services.
The ordinary scenes of Habitat for Humanity — volunteers with saws and hammers creating homes from scratch on empty dirt — are being upended here.
Today, Fannie Mae announced the results of the 2008 Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Program. The Program raised a total of $5.6 million to benefit 164 Washington metropolitan area homeless service providers, which provide safe, decent housing and social services to assist homeless families and individuals in the region. The funds were raised through the Help the Homeless Walkathon, more than 630 community mini-walks, sponsor contributions, and other related activities.
The scenes here are now familiar in places deeply bruised by the recession: The Salvation Army gets so many calls from people desperate for help with overdue utility bills that, one morning, its phone system crashed. The Family Service Center of South Carolina is deluged with clients seeking free counseling for delinquent mortgages. And the shelves at the Life Force food pantry run out of rice, canned stew meat and black-eyed peas in less than an hour.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation today announced its board’s approval of $875,000 in grants to organizations focused on two of the foundation’s key initiatives in Los Angeles: homelessness and foster youth. The Weingart Center Association and United Way of Greater Los Angeles will each receive $300,000 to expand services for the homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless during the current economic crisis. The University of Pennsylvania will receive $275,000 toward a study of the condition of young adults who have aged out of foster care in Los Angeles County.