DETROIT – In the wake of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal, the General Motors Foundation is providing grants totaling $100,000 to American Red Cross and World Food Program USA. Funds will aid emergency management officials with recovery relief efforts in the recently devastated region.
In addition, General Motors International will donate $50,000 to the India Prime Minister Relief Fund, for relief efforts directly supporting Nepal’s most immediate needs.
“The sense of purpose to move quickly and answer the call to help when disaster strikes is embedded in General Motors and its Foundation,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “We extend our condolences to the thousands of families and communities impacted by this devastating earthquake. We hope that by partnering with these organizations we can do our part to help bring some measure of comfort during these difficult times.”
GM has also set up global employee donation portals for those that wish to contribute funds to the Red Cross or World Food Program efforts.
Earlier this year, the GM Foundation committed $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity’s 2015 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which is set to take place in the Majheri Patan community near Pokhara, Nepal in November. Habitat is committed to realigning the project to vital rebuilding needs in the country.
Since 2004, the GM Foundation has provided approximately $8.6 million to global disaster relief efforts. Included in this amount is $7.5 million in financial support to the Red Cross through the Disaster Responder Program to help communities prepare and respond in the event of emergency situations.
Additionally, GM employees across the country have donated hundreds of volunteer hours collecting and distributing emergency supplies and providing blood donations and funds where needed.
About the General Motors Foundation: Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, the Environment and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.
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