GM Foundation Donates $100,000 to New York’s Central Park Conservancy

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GM Foundation Donates $100,000 to New York’s Central Park Conservancy

Grant benefits ‘Keeping it Green’ program for schools and families
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For the second year in a row, the General Motors Foundation today is donating $100,000 to aid Central Park Conservancy’s “Keeping it Green” program designed to introduce pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students to the importance of preserving and caring for New York City’s Central Park. GM employees again will work on park beautification, as those pictured did in 2013.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 1:50pm

CAMPAIGN: GM Social Impact

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DETROIT, September 10, 2014 /3BL Media/ – For the second year in a row, the General Motors Foundation is donating $100,000 to aid Central Park Conservancy’s “Keeping it Green” program designed to introduce pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students to the importance of preserving and caring for New York City’s Central Park.

The program, offering age-appropriate environmental and horticultural information to school groups, engaged more than 750 students last year. With renewed support from the GM Foundation, the Conservancy will continue to offer “Keeping it Green,” to school groups during the week, as well as weekend sessions for families beginning this fall.

“The ‘Keeping it Green’ program is a wonderful way to offer unique learning experiences to New York students and families, while helping to maintain the beauty and integrity of Central Park,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “Preserving this natural resource is incredibly important and we’re committed to helping students and communities gain respect for this and other important landmarks.”

To mark the GM Foundation’s renewed commitment, 20 teamGM Cares Volunteers from GM’s New York City offices completed a variety of tasks in the Park today, including the removal of invasive plant material and painting benches near a heavily visited entrance on the Park’s east side.

“Thanks to the GM Foundation’s ongoing support, the Conservancy will continue to provide environmental stewardship opportunities to families and schools in the City’s greatest outdoor classroom – Central Park,” said Doug Blonsky, president and CEO of Central Park Conservancy and Central Park Administrator. “Their partnership will help sustain Central Park as a one-of-a-kind, shared backyard to all New Yorkers.”

About the GM 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.

About Central Park Conservancy: The mission of Central Park Conservancy is to restore, manage and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of present and future generations.  A private, nonprofit organization founded in 1980, the Conservancy provides 75 percent of Central Park's park-wide expense budget and is responsible for all basic care of the Park. For more information on the Conservancy, please visit centralparknyc.org.

Keywords: Philanthropy & Cause Initiatives | Central Park Conservancy | GM | GM Foundation | General Motors | Philanthropy & Cause Initiatives | Social Impact & Volunteering

CAMPAIGN: GM Social Impact

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