Green Bay Packers Give Back has awarded a record $1.25 million in impact grants to five Green Bay organizations: Golden House Inc., the Center for Childhood Safety Inc., Encompass Early Education and Care, Inc., HSHS St. Vincent/St. Mary's Hospital Foundation and Give BIG Green Bay.
Each grant is $250,000, with each one directed toward a specific fund or program. With the exception of the grant to Give BIG Green Bay, each amount is a matching grant, requiring the organizations to raise an additional $250,000 each in order to secure their impact grant.
Golden House Inc. is the recipient of the Packers Give Back Impact Grant, and will direct the funds toward its On the Rise Capital Campaign – Expanding Golden House – A Safe Place, An Uplifting Place – A Necessary Place for Victims of Domestic Violence, which will allow them to expand programming space to meet the needs of victims.
The remaining grants are Packers Foundation Impact Grants. The Center for Childhood Safety Inc. will direct its matching grant toward funding for a permanent home for the organization that will consist of an education facility with classrooms, a child passenger safety station and a replica child-sized town.
Encompass Early Education and Care, Inc., will focus their matching grant on renovation of aging playgrounds at five Encompass Centers, as well as increased technology resources to create efficiencies in tracking children's development and improve teacher-to-parent communication.
HSHS St. Vincent/St. Mary's Hospital Foundation will put their matching grant toward the HSHS St. Vincent Children's Hospital Renovations to expand capacity to accommodate steadily increasing pediatric admissions.
Packers Give Back has awarded a record $1.25 million in impact grants to five Green Bay organizations. Each grant is $250,000, with each one directed toward a specific fund or program.
The fifth grant, which is not a matching grant, has been awarded to support Give BIG Green Bay, as the program approaches its second year. The campaign's successful first year raised more than $800,000 for Green Bay nonprofit organizations, and they look to expand on this achievement for another year.
"The Packers Foundation and the Packers are pleased to support five organizations that make such a difference in the lives of children and families in our community," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "As we celebrate 100 Seasons of Packers football, we are proud to give back to the community that has supported us for a century. We look forward to seeing these grants help each organization continue their admirable work in making Green Bay a better place."
To learn more about each organization, please visit their websites: Encompass at www.encompasseec.org; Golden House at www.goldenhousegb.org; Center for Childhood Safety at www.ccsgb.org; HSHS St. Vincent/St. Mary's Hospital Foundation at https://stvincentchildrenshospital.org/ and Give BIG Green Bay at https://givebiggreenbay.org.
Including this year's impact grants, the Packers Foundation has awarded $3.5 million in significant impact grants since 2014, and has distributed more than $9.8 million for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986.
Including impact grants and the annual grant cycle, the Foundation awarded 216 grants in 2017, totaling $1.55 million. A component of the Green Bay Packers Give Back program, the grants, combined with other Green Bay Packers charity endeavors, contribute to a comprehensive Packers charity impact that was in excess of $8 million in the past year.
The Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustees include Jerry Ganoni (chairperson), Marcia Anderson, Tom Cardella, Valerie Daniels-Carter, Ricardo Diaz, Susan Finco, DJ Long, Jr., Larry McCarren, Mike Weller and Hon. Jon Zakowski.