United States and Canada
In addition to serving children in remote areas around the world, the foundation focuses its efforts on U.S. communities around MoneyGram International's Dallas, Texas, headquarters, near our St. Louis Park, Minnesota, corporate office, and throughout the country. To-date, we have provided more than 16 grants totaling $365,850, impacting 32,378 students. These grants have provided 650 uniforms, funded afterschool programs for 240 students and provided 27,875 books.
In 2014, the foundation contributed $10,000 toward a summer reading program for more than 100 children and afterschool tutoring for at-risk children in Bentonville, Bella Vista and Rogers, Arkansas, through the Boys and Girls Club of Benton County.
California, New York, Florida, Texas
In 2016, the foundation awarded $20,0000 to First Book to supply 15,000 books to schools in Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Miami for the 20-year anniversary of Dìa de los Libros (Children's Book Day), and to bolster efforts to increase literacy. Florida Voices for Children Foundation, Inc. In 2013, the foundation provided $40,000 for more than 650 school uniforms for abused or neglected children ages 6-12. The uniforms were handed out at the Voices for Children Foundation, Inc. Back-to-School event in Miami.
In 2015, the MoneyGram Children's Corner was developed in the Hmong Resource Center Library at Hmong Cultural Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, with $10,000 from the foundation. The children's corner includes more than 450 books, which will benefit at least 250 children, and also families: the library allows adult learners in ESL and citizenship classes to check out books to read to their children at home.
In 2013, the foundation provided $15,000 to Urban Ventures for refurbishing and supplying a classroom with technology needed for an eighth-grade Learning Lab. The lab provides 180 children with year-round, afterschool curriculum enrichment, tutoring and homework help.
In 2013, the foundation contributed $20,000 to the Arab American Association of New York, for the Kitaab Club, an ESL literacy program. The grant enabled a part-time staff member to move to a full-time position, benefiting 150 students.
Dallas publication D Magazine established Big D Reads, a month-long reading program implemented in Dallas County and in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). For the April 2015 initiative, the foundation contributed $5,000 for 12,000 books. Through the program, more than 11,000 ninth-grade students at 31 DISD schools received a copy of True Grit, the featured book, and another 500 books were given to students at Uplift Education charter schools. An additional 8,000 books were given to the Dallas community. MoneyGram International also sponsored kickoff event "Paint the Town Well Read," which included a downtown light show promoting the program.
In 2014, the foundation provided $25,000 for Project Discovery, a yearlong afterschool program for a diverse group of 360 teens from underrepresented high schools across North Texas. The grant provided theater arts education and access to professional theater productions at Dallas Theater Center, to facilitate creativity and critical thinking, and expose children to theater arts - in many cases, for the first time.
The foundation provided the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance with a $60,000 grant for the research and creation of core files for the 2014-2015 debate season to be used by students in the Dallas, Boston and Minnesota Urban Debate Alliances to prepare for competition. The alliance serves at-risk students in urban high schools throughout the country and also had materials translated into Spanish and Somali. Roughly 2,500 children benefited from the grant, which helped increased test scores used for college admissions.
The foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to Junior Achievement of Dallas in 2016 to support programs aimed at increasing financial literacy skills, economic awareness, and career readiness among disadvantaged K-12 students in Dallas, Garland, Irving and Richardson during the fall of 2016. The grant benefited 757 students.
In 2013, the foundation agreed to provide $80,000 over four years to the Junior League of Dallas to support the Grants for Innovative Teaching, or GFIT, program. The unique program awards small grants to K-12 Dallas Independent School District teachers at South Dallas schools to support STEM and literacy projects. The teachers usually offer these projects after school and in addition to the required school curriculum.
The foundation distributed a $20,850 grant in 2015 to the Mayor's Star Council to support community leadership projects in five under-resourced high schools in South Dallas and Oak Cliff in Dallas, benefiting 60 students. The projects encourage student collaboration while establishing a culture of learning. The Mayor's Star Council programs encourage young people to be leaders of change in their community, in school and with friends and family.
In 2013, the foundation granted $35,000 to Mi Escuelita, a Dallas-based nonprofit that provides early childhood education to low-income, at-risk children in the Dallas area. The grant funded teacher salaries for three new classrooms in KIPP public charter schools to support newly implemented afterschool programs for 60 students, impacting 180 children.