Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Huber Foundation Continues Longtime Support of Population Connection

By Natalie Widel, Development Associate

The Huber Foundation has supported Population Connection for nearly thirty years. This year, the Foundation contributed a $250,000 grant toward our ongoing program activities to stabilize population growth. This generous gift will enhance our education and advocacy efforts, which are part of Population Connection’s campaign to make population integral to the national discourse on environmental protection and reproductive/human rights.

Population Connection’s Population Education program reaches over three million students every year with fact-based curricula focused on population trends and their effects on people and our planet. Additional funding allows us to expand our volunteer teacher-trainer network through national workshops and staff visits to regions with large concentrations of interested teachers. We currently benefit from the in-kind contributions of more than 420 professional educators. These educators provide additional teachers with the training and materials necessary to teach students in kindergarten through twelfth grade about population growth in their classrooms.

Additionally, the Huber Foundation’s support assists our Government Relations and Grassroots staff working in three target congressional swing districts. As part of our “Double the Money” campaign, we seek to convince voters and members of Congress to support an increase in U.S. assistance for international family planning programs to $1 billion annually. Thanks to the Huber Foundation’s sizeable grant, Population Connection will be able to reach key constituents in these three target districts with the message that population stabilization is critical to solving many global challenges.

If you would like information about making a major gift to Population Connection, please contact Shauna Scherer, Major Gifts Manager, at sscherer@popconnect.org.

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