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Funded Projects: 2016

The Foundation made ten grants in November 2016, totaling $56,000.00. Awards were given to:

  • The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, in the amount of $10,000.00. The ACLU is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public interest organization devoted to protecting the basic civil liberties of everyone in the United States. Since its founding in 1920, the ACLU has been at the forefront of virtually every battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. They have almost 100 full-time litigators on the national staff, and over 160 more at ACLU affiliates, located in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Working with their nationwide network of affiliates, the ACLU fights civil liberties violations through litigation, advocacy, and public education at the national, state, and local levels.

  • Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), in the amount of $8,500.00. Doctors Without Borders helps people worldwide by delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care. Doctors Without Borders' upcoming goals include providing free outpatient medical care to more than eight million people as well as providing inpatient care for half a million people. Doctors Without Borders also participates in campaigns to prevent infections and parasitic disease, and aids in supplying clean water and sanitation to prevent the spread of disease. The GPK Foundation has been supporting Doctors Without Borders, and the work they do, since 2010.
  • Planned Parenthood, in the amount of $7,000.00. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the nation's leading reproductive health organization. PPFA serves as a trusted provider of quality, affordable care to millions of women and men; a powerful advocate for women's health and rights at the state and national levels; and the largest provider of sex education in the country. PPFA will use GPK funds to advance and defend women's access to care including contraception, cancer screening and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment. Funds will be used both to defend against legislative attacks, expand an engaged and diverse grassroots base, and improve health care services provided by its 700 health centers and by online access.

  • Engineers Without Borders - USA, in the amount of $5,500.00. Engineers Without Borders supports community driven development programs throughout the world which focus on water, sanitation, and renewable energy. With support from various donors, Engineers Without Borders has been developing software systems to enhance the delivery of information and training to their many volunteers. The GPK Foundation has been supporting Engineers Without Borders since 2010.

  • Map International, in the amount of $5,500.00. MAP helps to solve a critical market inefficiency: It delivers drugs, which would have otherwise gone unused, to the people who need them but cannot afford them. MAP specializes in delivering unused and low-cost drugs to the nations that desperately need them. When excess quantities of pharmaceuticals are produced, MAP will collect the extra supply and deliver them to needy populations throughout the world. The delivery of these drugs constitutes an incredibly efficient means of prolonging life and saving human lives. MAP fulfills a unique place among worldwide charities, and it has consistently achieved very high marks from charity rating organizations.

  • Cure SMA (formerly Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy), in the amount of $5,000.00. Cure SMA is dedicated to the treatment and cure of spinal muscular atrophy. This disease causes the loss of the person's ability to walk, eat and even breathe. It is the number one genetic killer of infants. Cure SMA funds and directs comprehensive research that hopefully will find treatments useful in the fight against this terrible disease. Cure SMA also provides support to families dealing with SMA.

  • Mary's Place, in the amount of $5,000.00. The mission of Mary's Place is empowering homeless women, children, and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community. They currently operate six emergency family shelter programs providing 400 bednights of shelter each night, and provide support services at two day centers. Mary's Place made the news in May 2016 when Jeff Bezos offered to match up to $1 million in donations, partly in response to a state of emergency declared by Senator Ed Murray to address rising homelessness in the greater King County area. They aim to move 200 families into stable housing, connect 250 individuals to jobs in order to support their families, and reduce the average stay in shelter for a successful housing outcome from 60 to 45 days.

  • St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA), in the amount of $5,000.00. SEA is a grassroots organization whose mission is to promote conservation of environmental resources, provide education, and advocate for environmentally responsible actions. SEA accomplishes these goals through independent initiatives and partnerships with local and federal agencies. Current projects include: a watershed restoration project with the East End Marine Park; construction of bird hides, trails and signage at Southgate Coastal Reserve; youth and adult education programs; and wildlife monitoring. SEA will use GPK funds to support Field Days for 2nd Graders, in which 500 students will visit a coastal protected area and be able to interact and ask questions about the natural world.

  • The Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care, in the amount of $3,00.00. The Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care provides community education and financial assistance for cancer patients and their families who live in Wyoming. The Foundation provides food, clothing, transportation, and assistance with various necessities not covered by insurance. The state of Wyoming is vast and travel for treatments or to access medical services outside of the state can be cost prohibitive. The Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care helps to bridge this financial gap. The Foundation is also active in helping families adjust to the realities of a cancer diagnosis through support groups and other programs.

  • SENS Research Foundation, Inc., in the amount of $1,500.00. SENS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to research, develop, and promote comprehensive regenerative medicine solutions for the diseases of aging. The foundation is focused on a damage repair paradigm for treating the diseases of aging, which it advances through scientific research, advocacy, and education. SENS Research Foundation supports biological research projects at universities and institutes around the world including Yale, Rice University, and Oxford as well as intramural research programs at the SENS Research Foundation Headquarters. The goal of these projects is to develop cures for such age-related diseases as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimers disease. Educating the public and training researchers to support a growing regenerative medicine field are also major endeavors of the organization that are being accomplished though advocacy campaigns and educational programs. SENS hosts an annual Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference to engage researchers, academics, regulators, government officials, industry and students in the creation of the Rejuvenation Biotechnology Industry.