Newman’s Own Foundation today announced $2.2 million in grants to PBS and nine public television and radio stations across the country. The Foundation recently crossed the milestone of giving away more than $300 million to charitable organizations. One of the ways Newman’s Own Foundation is celebrating this milestone is by creating a special funding initiative that expands its longstanding commitment to public awareness and dialogue through select challenge grants to public broadcasting. These grants aim to help stations leverage the Foundation’s dollars to raise even more funds to deliver excellent programs and information to their audiences.
“Paul Newman believed in the power of civic engagement and conversation to make ours and the future’s a better world,” said Robert Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation. “Today we underscore our commitment to public broadcasting, a relationship that Paul deeply valued and one we hope continues to inspire and expose people to new ideas, issues and dialogue.”
Over twenty-five years ago, Paul Newman launched Newman’s Own, which today is a leading premium food business. Since the beginning, every penny Paul earned from the sale of Newman’s Own products has been donated to thousands of charities around the world by Paul and Newman’s Own Foundation. Empowerment and civil society is a priority grant-making area of Newman’s Own Foundation. Today’s grants to public broadcasting are a reflection of that commitment.
“Our mission is to use the power of media to change lives, and help all Americans ‘be more’,” said Paula Kerger, president and CEO, PBS. “Our member stations are just as diverse as our country, and each meets the unique needs of its local community. These grants will help us continue to serve those communities, foster rich civic dialogue, encourage participation in the arts, and provide access to quality education.”
In total, $2.2 million was awarded to PBS and nine stations. Receiving these grants were:
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 donates to charity, all net royalties and profits after taxes it receives from the sale of Newman’s Own products. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given over $300 million to thousands of charities around the world. To learn more, visit www.newmansownfoundation.org.