The has awarded grants totaling $8.7 million to sixty-six local organizations, the reports.
Through its Precious Minds, New Connections initiative, the foundation awarded nearly $2.7 million to twenty-three agencies working to provide parenting education classes and home visits aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect. "This initiative is particularly important because it addresses root causes [of abuse and neglect]," said Palmer Moe, managing director of the foundation. "All new parents realize quickly that babies don't come with instruction manuals, and this is a program every parent will find helpful in his and her most important responsibility."
Other grantees working in the area of child abuse prevention include , which was awarded $190,500 in support of its parent-child education program, and , which will receive nearly $150,000 to help fund its residential, training, and counseling programs for pregnant young women and new mothers.
In addition, the foundation awarded $500,000 to the , which provides early diagnosis and treatment for children with autism from low-income families who cannot afford such care; $200,000 to the to offer nutrition workshops in the community; and $100,000 to the to help fund an obesity prevention program. And other grants were awarded to museums, performing arts and animal welfare organizations, and nonprofits working to provide services to the physically and mentally disabled and the elderly.