MINNEAPOLISJUNE 24, 2014 – Ameriprise Financial (NYSE: AMP) today announced grants of more than $1.6 million to nonprofits that improve the lives and well-being of people nationwide. In the first of two grant cycles for 2014, the company awarded funding to economic, social and cultural enrichment programs benefitting thousands of individuals. A $500,000 grant will go to Feeding America®, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization, as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to help solve hunger in America.
“These programs make a meaningful difference to people. They provide access to vital services and cultural activities that promote strong families and neighborhoods,” said Brian Pietsch, head of community relations at Ameriprise. “Our employees and advisors volunteer their time and talent to these important causes, and we’re pleased to add our financial support to building healthy, vibrant communities.”
Highlights of the grants cycle include donations to:
  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company, which stages nearly three weeks of full-scale performances of Shakespeare for the Washington, D.C. community each year. The donation from Ameriprise will subsidize the Shakespeare Theatre ‘Free for All’ program, the community's only free, full-scale theatre production in D.C., offering access to quality theatre entertainment through its innovative ticket distribution system.
  • RESOURCE, a multi-service agency providing job search and placement resources, training and education programs, and chemical and mental health services throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and in St. Cloud, Minn. A grant from Ameriprise will support training and wage advancement services specifically assisting single, working mothers to increase their incomes and avoid welfare dependency.
  • The YWCA Green Bay - De Pere, Wisconsin’s ‘Women's Economic Empowerment Center’, which offers vocational training and work readiness programs to women pursuing economic and family stability. Financial assistance from Ameriprise will provide childcare services to program participants. Susan Rosin, an Ameriprise senior director of human resources, serves as a board member of the organization.
Ameriprise awards grants to local nonprofits twice annually under its three funding platforms: meeting basic needs, supporting community vitality and volunteer-driven causes. Grant guidelines are available on our website.
In addition to grantmaking, Ameriprise supports a diverse network of more than 5,000 nonprofits through employee giving campaigns, gift matching and a robust volunteer program. The company is committed to alleviating domestic hunger through our partnership with Feeding America. Since 2009, with support from employees and advisors, Ameriprise has provided 34 million meals and over 100,000 volunteer hours to hunger-relief efforts across the country.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States and provides food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people they serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org.
About Ameriprise Financial Community Relations
Ameriprise Financial is dedicated to the communities it serves, and is committed to helping improve the lives of individuals and building strong communities. Through grantmaking, volunteerism and employee and advisor gift-matching programs, the company supports over 5,000 nonprofits across the country.
About Ameriprise Financial
At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for 120 years. With a network of 10,000 financial advisors and extensive asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of consumer financial needs. For more information, or to find an Ameriprise financial advisor, visit ameriprise.com.
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Complete List of Grant Recipients from the First Ameriprise Financial Grant Cycle of 2014:
Meeting Basic Needs – 55 Grants: Feeding America; Association House of Chicago; YWCA Green Bay - De Pere; AccessAbility, Inc.; AccountAbility Minnesota; American Indian OIC; Family Alternatives; Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota; Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center; RESOURCE; Summit Academy OIC; Twin Cities RISE!; Volunteers of America-Minnesota; Family Scholar House, Inc.; Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council; The Greater Boston Food Bank; Northern Illinois Food Bank; Saint Paul Area Council of Churches; Store To Door; The Aliveness Project; Desert Mission; Birmingham AIDS Outreach Inc.; Care and Share, Inc.; Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona; Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc.; Feeding America Southwest Virginia; Foodbank of Santa Barbara County; Golden Harvest; Great Falls Community Food Bank; Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank; Meals on Wheels and More; New Hampshire Food Bank; Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee; St. Louis Area Foodbank; The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Inc.; The Redwood Empire Food Bank; Casa Central; Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity; Aeon; Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis; CommonBond Communities; People Serving People Charities, Inc.; Rebuilding Together Twin Cities; Simpson Housing Services, Inc.; Human Solutions Inc.; Beyond Shelter; EHC LifeBuilders; Habitat for Humanity of Wake County; Rebuilding Together Oakland County; Rebuilding Together of Richmond; Sarasota Family Young Men's Christian Association, Inc.; GiveMN; HandsOn Twin Cities; Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC); Rebuilding Together Peninsula
Supporting Community Vitality – 16 Grants: Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Minneapolis Children's Theatre Company; Guthrie Theater; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Pillsbury United Communities; Stages Theatre Company; Walker Art Center; Weisman Art Museum; Carnegie Hall Society, Inc.; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC); Portland Youth Philharmonic Association; Denver Museum of Nature & Science; National Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorale of Montgomery County, Inc.; Sphinx Organization; The Florida Orchestra; The Shakespeare Theatre Company
Volunteer-Driven Causes – 6 Grants: BestPrep; Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery; Susan G. Komen Minnesota; Special Olympics Minnesota; Minnesota AIDS Project; Michael Magro Foundation