Thanks Philadelphia for a great 2010

Gloria Blakely
Philadelphia Charity Examiner

Philadelphians showed why this is the City of Brotherly Love. Local residents here and in the greater Delaware Valley deserve the highest accolades for their generosity to charities. People walked, ran, pulled out their checkbooks and credit cards, texted and more to keep charities in the business of bettering lives in the region.

Last year was not the easiest of times for such generosity, but difficult economic conditions failed to stop companies and individuals from donating what they reasonably could. Here is a cross section of results from that giving spirit.

AIDS Fund – Last year’s walk/run raised $350,000 for HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and services in the region. For info: visit or call 215.731.9255.

American Heart Association – The local Heart Walk raise $1.4 million. The Heart Ball added $1.2 million, and the Go Red for Women Luncheon contributed $815,000 to education, research, and prevention of the number 1 killer, cardiovascular disease. For info: visit or call 215.575.5200.

American Red Cross – The budget to aid local disaster clients reached about $12 million for the fiscal year ending July 2010. Roughly 80% of those funds came from yearly donations. For info: visit or call 215.299.4000.

Fighting Blindness Foundation – The October Vision Walk raised $185,528.83 to end blindness. For info: visit

First Book – About 3,000 children received close to 24,000 books in this last year’s significant effort to promote literacy in Philadelphia. At $2 per book, it only takes $10 to add 5 children’s books to low-income households. For info: visit

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – $5.5 million was raised for research and actions to wipe out juvenile diabetes by the East Central PA and Eastern chapters. For info: visit or call 610.664.9255.

Philabundance -A total of 22,855,614 pounds of food was donated to fight hunger in the Delaware Valley during the fiscal year (October 1, 2009- September 30, 2010). This 3% decline vs. the prior fiscal year likely occurred because of economic uncertainty nationwide and high unemployment in the region. For info: visit or call 215.339.0900.

Salvation Army – The 2nd Annual CBS 3/CW Philly Joy of Sharing Phone Bank raised $100,000 for the Salvation Army programs to assistance needy families. For info: visit or call 215.787.2800.

Susan G. Komen Foundation – The Race for the Cure raised $3.5 million last year and the Pink Tea Ball added $500,000 for breast cancer prevention and research. For info: visit or call 215.238.8900.

United Way – 94,000 donors gave $47.5 million to the support a myriad of local community programs from youth education to family shelters. or call 215.665.2500.

Each dollar donated made a difference in the community. The region looks forward to an even better year in 2011.

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