FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Allison Morgan, amorgan@treetopllc.com, (888) 982-9859, x710

Shannon Geddes, sgeddes@160over90.com, (215) 732.3200

PORTLAND, OR (March 21, 2016) – To nurture acts of good and inspire greater community-mindedness and participation, NobleHour – a leading community engagement platform – has awarded more than 100 grants totaling $1,000,000 to educational institutions and nonprofit organizations across the country.

The NobleCause grant competition, launched last fall, invited high schools, school districts, colleges and universities, and nonprofits to identify and address a local challenge. From a pool of several hundred applicants across the nation, 100 organizations were awarded $6,500 grants, while seven exemplary organizations were recognized at the $50,000 level. All grant recipients demonstrated a remarkable ability to raise community awareness, foster partnerships, and cultivate leaders who take action.

“Funding concerns are among the leading setbacks for organizations working toward social responsibility and cultivating sustained volunteerism,” said Wesley Barnett, managing partner for NobleHour and parent company TreeTop Commons. “The projects we saw told us that there are countless ideas out there to bring lasting change and improvements to communities nationwide, and we’re excited to help schools and nonprofits continue to pay it forward.”

Among the funded projects are a student-led community kitchen in the north end of Niagara Falls, New York, that endeavors to provide healthy food at a low purchase cost; and a ‘Homework Diner’ – a family-friendly tutoring program paired with a hot meal – in Asheville, North Carolina. Another project pledges to help Nevada state residents navigate affordable healthcare via educational programming on Medicare choices and benefits.

For a full list of funded projects, visit: http://www.treetopcommons.com/noblecause

These NobleCause grants were made possible by an anonymous donor within the GiveWell Community Foundation, which serves Polk County, Florida,  and organized by NobleHour.com, a leading volunteer management tool that, for the past decade, has been connecting and equipping thousands of schools, non-profit agencies, and organizations to chart meaningful, measurable acts of goodness. To date, more than four million volunteer hours have been logged via NobleHour, totaling an economic impact of more than $110,000,000.

For more information on the NobleCause grant competition, visit www.NobleHour.com/NobleCause. To learn more about NobleHour visit NobleHour.com.

ABOUT NOBLEHOUR

Since 2007, NobleHour has proven to be the volunteer management solution for organizations across the nation. With its robust online platform, NobleHour enhances community engagement with a variety of innovative and transformative tools for finding, tracking, and measuring volunteer, service‐learning, and community service initiatives.

With offices in Lakeland, FL, and Portland, OR, the NobleHour team is dedicated to empowering good in communities across the country.


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