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Foundation Contributions Approach Quarter Billion

November 14, 2017 07:06 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- They’re organizations that touch virtually everyone in Austin, in one way or another.

This week, they got a financial boost.

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"Our community has many different needs," said Molly Lanke at the Mower County United Way.

"Food shelf and we're seeing a need in the way of housing,” said Captain David Amick at the Austin Salvation Army. “It's a wide variety of the demographics."

“And together we are working to create a stronger community," the United Way’s Molly Lanke said.

In 1941, the newly created Hormel Foundation made its first charitable donation ... ten dollars to Ducks Unlimited. And the numbers are adding up.

“Almost a quarter of a billion dollars that we've donated to the community" Foundation Chair Gary Ray told us.

And this week, the Foundation announced it's 2018 contributions.

"We're allocating 8-point-2 million dollars to the nonprofit organizations that sit on our board here at the foundation" Chair Gary Ray said.

Those 13 organizations include Austin public schools, the city of Austin, Mayo Clinic Health System - Austin, Riverland Community College, the Salvation Army, the United Way and others.

"The funds really do have a far reach, whether it's areas of education, of basic needs, health, money really does go a long way when it comes through us," the United Way’s Molly Lanke said.

And while the numbers may have changed, the Foundation's mission has not.

"When it first started by George and Jay, their vision was to be able to help support the non-profit organizations here in this community” Foundation Chair Gary Ray said.

“It gives us an opportunity to meet the needs of the community in a greater way," said the Salvation Army’s Captain David Amick.

“We are in many ways touching a lot of different people through the funding that we give through these grants" added Foundation Chair Gary Ray.


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