DETROIT, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The General Motors Foundation today approved an immediate $500,000 contribution to the American Red Cross relief fund to help earthquake-stricken Japan. GM also has provided a direct web-link that employees can conveniently access from their desktop work stations to contribute personally to the Red Cross disaster fund. Today's donation is in addition to the GM Foundation's earlier contribution of $250,000 to the Red Cross as a supporting member of their Disaster Responder program.
"Humanitarian relief is an important part of the Foundation's work and we're answering the call for help in the wake of such terrible devastation," said John T. Montford, Chairman of the GM Foundation and Senior Advisor for Government Relations and Global Public Policy. "There is remarkable compassion among GM employees, and I know that same spirit will make a difference in helping the Japan relief effort."
For over three decades the GM Foundation has provided financial support to the U.S. and cities around the world rocked by natural disasters. Recent contributions have helped relief efforts toward the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, Haiti and floods in Tennessee and Kentucky.
Since its inception in 2000, GM Global Aid has facilitated millions of dollars in donations for disaster relief worldwide. Through this program, GM and its national and international business units and the GM Foundation can quickly direct vehicles, services, or supplies, as well as monetary contributions, to charitable organizations assisting in local disaster relief efforts. An essential component of GM's disaster relief efforts is that which allows GM employees and others worldwide to contribute funds to disaster relief efforts. Donations from the GM Global Aid fund come from the GM Foundation, which was created in 1976.
About the GM Foundation:
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to deserving American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. For more information, visit www.gm.com/corporate/responsibility/community.
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