SOURCE: Newman's Own Foundation

Newman's Own Foundation

September 26, 2013 00:01 ET

Newman's Own Foundation Awards $7 Million in Grants to Military Service Organizations

Founder Paul Newman's Legacy Remains Strong Five Years After His Passing

WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwired - September 26, 2013) - Newman's Own Foundation today announced that it is committing $7 million in grants over three years to support United States military men, women, and families through its "Honoring Those Who Serve" program. The grants will be awarded to more than 50 nonprofit organizations that help military personnel, veterans, and their families successfully manage deployments and the transition from active duty to civilian life.

"There is no greater sacrifice than serving and defending our country," said Robert Forrester, President and CEO of Newman's Own Foundation. "We have a responsibility to support our military men and women, since they protect the freedom and privileges we enjoy as Americans."

The Newman's Own Foundation grants, which are being awarded over three years, 2012-2014, will help military service organizations across the country that deal with issues such as health, housing, education, career development, and family support. When veterans return home, they face vast and complex challenges. According to the Department of Defense, the military suicide rate hit a record high in 2012, increasing nearly 16 percent over the previous year. Over 60,000 veterans are homeless.[1] The unemployment rate for Gulf War-era veterans was 9.9 percent in 2012, compared to 8 percent for all Americans.[2]

"Recalling Paul Newman's service in the United States Naval Corps in World War II, we have been committed to supporting military nonprofits for over twenty years," said Forrester. "Paul felt that we can all make a difference by helping others, and as we remember him today, there is no better time to announce our military grant commitment."

Paul Newman, the actor and philanthropist who founded Newman's Own, passed away on September 26, 2008. Now, five years later, his legacy continues at the company and foundation he established. Newman's Own continues to give away 100% of the profits and royalties from the sale of Newman's Own food products to charity. Since its founding in 1982, over $380 million has been donated to thousands of organizations, with $125 million having been donated in the past five years alone.

As part of the "Honoring Those Who Serve" $7 million grant commitment, Newman's Own Foundation is providing almost half a million dollars for military nonprofit organizations in two separate campaigns that will launch on Monday, September 30:

  • Honoring Women Who Serve: Newman's Own Foundation is providing $300,000 in grants for nonprofit organizations that assist female veterans with career development. Eligible organizations are invited to apply by October 25 at: www.cybergrants.com/nof/honoringwomenwhoserve 
  • CrowdRise Challenge: Newman's Own Foundation is providing $180,000 in grants for invited military organizations in a fundraising challenge with CrowdRise, an online fundraising platform. It will launch on September 30 and run through November 11, Veteran's Day. Information is available at: www.Crowdrise.com/ThoseWhoServeChallenge 

Some of the "Honoring Those Who Serve" grantee recipients include:

  • Service Women's Action Network (New York, NY) provides legal and social service referrals and assistance for female veterans.
  • Charlotte Bridge Home (Charlotte, NC) helps veterans successfully transition home after military service.
  • University of Southern California Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (Los Angeles, CA) helps veterans and their families find essential services and assistance.
  • Farmer Veteran Coalition (Los Angeles, CA) assists veterans with starting sustainable agriculture businesses.
  • Institute for Veterans and Military Families (Syracuse, NY) supports "Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship" (V-WISE), which offers training in business and management to encourage entrepreneurship for female veterans.

For a complete list of military grantees, visit: www.newmansownfoundation.org

About Newman's Own Foundation
Paul Newman was committed to helping make the world a better place. To carry on his philanthropic legacy, Newman's Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman's Own products into charitable donations. To date, Paul Newman and Newman's Own Foundation have given over $380 million to thousands of charities around the world. For more information, visit www.newmansownfoundation.org.

[1] Department of Housing and Urban Development

[2] U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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