Allen Family Foundation supports basic needs, arts programs with latest grants
August 24, 2012
The Paul G. Allen Foundation, which was founded in 1988 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his wife Jo Lynn, announced the 25 organizations that will receive grants through its latest contribution cycle. In total, the foundation will distribute $1.61 million to the groups, which are working to meet people's basic needs and support arts programs in the North East region.
The foundation expects approximately 851,000 people across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington will benefit from these funds.
"The ongoing economic difficulties in our state, as well as cuts to government programs that aid vulnerable populations, tell us we must continue our commitment to basic needs," said Susan M. Coliton, vice president of The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. "These keystone organizations have the expertise and stability to continue providing … help to people struggling."
Some of the grant recipients include the Bellingham Food Bank and Hopelink, both of which provide program participants with fresh produce. The Downtown Emergency Center and Food Lifeline also received grants to ensure communities have access to nutritious foods in times of need.
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