Earlier this week, Walt Disney World announced that the company is donating $1.5 million to 19 nonprofit organizations creating positive change in Florida.
Florida has been our home for more than half a century and each organization receiving a grant is doing amazing work for our community. This will help them continue making big differences and is another step forward in our long history of giving back to those around us.Rena Langley, Senior Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs at Walt Disney World Resort
Each nonprofit receiving a Disney Grant supports essential work in the state for Floridians and their families – from establishing vital education and workforce development programs to supporting the arts, battling homelessness, hunger, and more. Details can be found in the infographic below.
Here’s what the granted nonprofits are saying:
- “Disney has been the best partner, and it’s our honor to receive this Disney Grant and continue doing the work to serve our community. I can’t say thank you enough!” – JoAnn Newman, President & CEO at Orlando Science Center
- “It is an incredible privilege to be a Disney Grant recipient. It’s one of the biggest votes of confidence I think that we could receive!” – Terrance Hunter, CEO at Central Florida Community Arts
- “This Disney Grant means so much to us. We at Hope Partnership are all always humbled by Disney’s support and the way that they take care of the families in our community.” – Rev. Mary Downey, CEO at Hope Partnership.
Disney World cast members spend time personally volunteering with many of the granted organizations and others across the state through the Disney VoluntEARS program. This year, the cast has spent more than 115,000 hours giving back through the popular program.
This latest donation joins recent company efforts like hosting Disney World’s largest wish-granting event ever, donating $125,000 to support local school districts, creating a new affordable housing development, expanding our commitment to conservation with $500,000 in environmental grants and more.
Disney will continue seeking meaningful ways to make significant impacts as it looks to the future. To read more about the resort’s latest efforts in the state, visit DisneyFlorida.com.
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