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Obama Donates $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize to Ten Charities

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2010

The President Donates Nobel Prize Money to Charity

WASHINGTON - President Obama today announced the charities that will receive a portion of the $1.4 million award that comes with the Nobel peace prize.

"These organizations do extraordinary work in the United States and abroad helping students, veterans and countless others in need," said President Obama. "I'm proud to support their work."

List of Charities

$250,000 to Fisher House

Fisher House is a national non-profit organization that provides housing for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.

$200,000 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund

In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, President Obama asked former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to create the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund to raise funds for long-term relief efforts in Haiti.

$125,000 to College Summit

College Summit is a national non-profit organization that partners with elementary and middle schools and school districts to strengthen college-going culture and increase college enrollment rates, so that all students graduate from high school career and college-ready.

$125,000 to the Posse Foundation

The Posse Foundation is a national non-profit organization that identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse's college and university partners award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships. The scholars graduate at a rate of 90 percent.

$125,000 to the United Negro College Fund

The United Negro College Fund plays a critical role in enabling more than 60,000 students each year to attend college through scholarship and internship programs.

$125,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading Hispanic scholarship organization, providing the Hispanic community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. In its 34 year history, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded close to $280M in scholarships to more than 90,000 students in need.

$125,000 to the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation

A non-profit organization funded by foundations and companies, ALEF supports and enables young men and women from Appalachia to pursue higher education though scholarship and leadership curriculum.

$125,000 to the American Indian College Fund

The American Indian College Fund transforms Indian higher education by funding and creating awareness of the unique, community-based accredited Tribal Colleges and Universities, offering students access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values which enhance their communities and the country as a whole. The Fund disburses approximately 6,000 scholarships annually for American Indian students seeking to better their lives through higher education. The Fund also provides support for tribal college needs, ranging from capital support to cultural preservation curricula.

$100,000 to AfriCare

AfriCare was founded in 1970 and has more projects in Africa than any other U.S. based charity, reaching communities in 25 countries, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its programs address needs in three principal areas: health and HIV/AIDS; food security and agriculture; and water resource development.

$100,000 to the Central Asia Institute

The Central Asia Institute promotes and supports community-based education and literacy, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Institute's co-founder, Greg Mortenson, was also a Nobel Peace Prize nominee this year, whose book, Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace, One School at a Time, recounts his attempt to successfully establish dozens of schools and promote girls' education in rural Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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6 Comments

Way to go President, you showed true leadership by not only winning the prize but how you shared the proceeds with those less fortunate. We appreciate your leadership and wish you well as you lead us through these difficult times.

Great charities too :) He really is a class act, and a great POTUS, who follows the poet Robert Browning's admonition:

"A man's reach must exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?"

Great way to go Mr. President. My name is Jerome The Struggling Farmer not Joe the Plumber. I believe your heart and mind is for all, poor and rich. No other President has ever debated an issue 6-7 hours the way you have. I am on your side Mr. President. May God Bless you,your family and your administration.

It's great to have a President who continue to show quality leadership.

I will announce it once again....The POTUS has CLASS!
BAM IS THE WORD!!!!!!
From all of us loving Americans here in Europe.

Thank you Mr. President!!! You show us daily how to do it, the it being whatever we do with excellence. Your donations touch everybody, especially those who are not use to getting help from the White House. As the PA NAACP Youth & College Division Advisor, and a graduate of Cheyney University of PA, I want to say thank you for being a fine example of a Black man who just happens to also be the POTUS.

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