SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Sharks Foundation announced today that it will donate more than $500,000 to 21 non-profit organizations selected as the 2013-2014 Sharks Foundation Grant Recipients. The 21 organizations will be recognized in an on-ice ceremony at the Sharks game on Friday, February 7.
The 2014 Sharks Foundation grant recipients are: ACE Charter Schools,American Heart Association Silicon Valley, Assistance League San Jose, Breakthrough Silicon Valley, California Community Partners for Youth (CCPY), EHC Lifebuilders, Environmental Volunteers, Family Supportive Housing, George Mark Children's House, Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Montalvo Arts Center, Partners in School Innovation, Playworks, Sacred Heart Community Service, San Jose Jazz, Sunnyvale Community Service, Turning Wheels for Kids, Via Services, Youth Science Institute, and YWCA Silicon Valley.
The Sharks Foundation Board of Directors selected these 21 beneficiaries from nearly 90 grant applications that were submitted last fall. The selected organizations all met the criteria set forth by the Sharks Foundation which states that the organization must be classified as a 501(c)3 non-profit group that offers programs that support local youth and families in Santa Clara County.
"The goal of the Sharks Foundation continues to be to make a positive impact in the lives of others within our community," said Jim Sparaco, Director of Public Relations & Fan Development and President of the Sharks Foundation Board. "This year, we are happy and excited to make a difference in the lives of more people by donating additional funds to more groups than was possible last season. These 21 outstanding organizations were chosen for aid because they will further the goals of the Sharks Foundation and will be able to assist thousands of people in our community."
Since its inception in 1994, the Sharks Foundation has given more than $7 million to more than 120 non-profit organizations. This year's grant giving total is approximately a 23% increase from last year's total of $419,423 to 17 organizations.
Click HERE for a summary of each grant beneficiary selected by the Sharks Foundation for 2014.