The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) announced $1.2 million in grants to 16 local and regional nonprofits at its 8th Annual Northeast Benefit dinner Wednesday in New York.
The event was attended by 900 insurance industry professionals and was headlined by appearances by celebrities including CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, actor Jeffrey Donovan and actress Bridget Moynahan. Additionally, Anthony Kuczinski, Munich Re America president and CEO, was honored with the 2014 IICF “Double I” award.
A full list of 16 grantees is as follows:
• buildOn: Across the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world.
• Care for the Homeless: The group is the only health care organization in New York City dedicated exclusively to serving homeless men, women and children of all ages.
• CHILD, Inc. – St. Aloysius School: The Central Harlem Initiative for Learning and Development (CHILD, Inc.) is a not-for-profit organization that was created to support students at St. Aloysius School, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade independent school located in Central Harlem. St. Aloysius is dedicated to educating inner-city children at risk of not reaching their potential.
• Community Mainstreaming Associates: The group is a Long Island-based not-for-profit committed to providing an array of innovative supports and services which meet the changing needs of individuals with developmental disabilities throughout their lifespan.
• Covenant House New York: For over 45 years, Covenant House has provided shelter and essential services to homeless, runaway and trafficked youth. Covenant House New York was the first and remains the largest of 21 Covenant House affiliates throughout the U.S., in Canada, and in Central America that together serve over 60,000 youth each year.
• Eden Autism Services: The group is a recognized leader in improving the lives of children and adults with autism. Founded in 1975, Eden was among the first service providers to expand its program to address the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum from the point of diagnosis through adulthood.
• Family Reach: Created in 1996, Family Reach alleviates the burden of everyday expenses that accumulate during cancer patients’ treatment including mortgage payments, transportation and utilities, as well as medical costs not covered by insurance.
• Harlem RBI: Based in East Harlem, New York. Harlem RBI’s mission is to provide inner-city youth with opportunities to play, learn and grow. The organization uses the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.
• Jumpstart: The group is a leading national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community volunteers to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods.
• KidZone TV at Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital: KidZone TV is a state of the art interactive production and internal broadcast studio within Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital. It is housed in The Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department, which helps pediatric patients cope with their fears and anxieties by offering therapeutic activities tailored to meet their social, emotional, and educational needs during a hospital visit or stay.
• Mount Kisco Child Care Center: The center was founded in 1971, and is a non-profit, non-sectarian childcare facility licensed for operation by the NYS Department of Social Services.
• Our Military Kids: The group has provided a decade of support and recognition to children of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members, along with children of wounded and fallen warriors from all branches of service.
• Riverkeeper: Its mission is to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and to safeguard the drinking water of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. Riverkeeper champions public stewardship and enjoyment of these resources and strive for water that is safe for fishing, swimming and drinking.
• Starlight Children’s Foundation NY*NJ*CT: Founded in 1982, Starlight is a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world.
• The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: It houses one of the world’s most extensive combinations of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. These materials are available free of charge, along with a wide range of special programs, including exhibitions, seminars, and performances.
• The International Rescue Committee: The committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC assists people fleeing racial, religious and ethnic persecution, as well as those uprooted by war and violence.
Source: Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation
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