Sixty Six Southeast Michigan Nonprofits Launch Fundraising Efforts For Chance To Win Up To $75,000 In Art Van Furniture's Seventh Annual "Art Van Charity Challenge"

120 deserving Midwest charities in race to raise the most money through June 22 for share of $375,000 in grants during spirited competition

May 19, 2015, 08:37 ET from Art Van Furniture

WARREN, Mich., May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The competition has begun for 66 Southeast Michigan charities vying for grant dollars among 120 Midwest nonprofits focused on children, health care and human services in Art Van Furniture's seventh annual "Art Van Charity Challenge." Supporters from far and wide are being encouraged to make a difference and a donation during the spirited five week competition which kicked off yesterday and runs from May 18 through June 22. Cindy Crawford, international supermodel, businesswoman, and philanthropist, is serving as the official 2015 "Art Van Charity Challenge" ambassador.

The participating Southeast Michigan charities competing to raise the most money are:

  1. A Beautiful Me, Inc.
  2. ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services)
  3. Adult Well-Being Services
  4. American Diabetes Association
  5. Angela Hospice Home Care, Inc.
  6. Arkay, Inc.
  7. Blue Water Habitat for Humanity
  8. Boys Hope Girls Hope
  9. Cass Community Social Services
  10. Chaldean American Ladies of Charity
  11. Child Abuse & Neglect Council County of Oakland Inc. / Care House of Oakland County
  12. Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan
  13. Christian Counseling of Mid-Michigan
  14. Coalition On Temporary Shelter (COTS)
  15. Community Social Services of Wayne County
  16. Crime Stoppers of Michigan
  17. Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America, Michigan Chapter
  18. Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach (DAPCO)
  19. Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative
  20. Detroit PAL
  21. Euro-Peds Foundation
  22. Focus: HOPE
  23. Forgotten Harvest
  24. Freedom Work Opportunities, Inc.
  25. Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter
  26. Friends of Children's Oncology Camp Foundation
  27. Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
  28. Grace Centers of Hope
  29. Heart 2 Hart Detroit, Inc.
  30. Hope Center in Macomb (aka WW Community Connections)
  31. Humble Design
  32. Interfaith Hospitality Network of Washtenaw County, Inc.
  33. Kids on the Go
  34. Lighthouse PATH
  35. Love N Kindness CDC
  36. Macomb County/ rotating Emergency Shelter Team (MCREST)
  37. Macomb County Warming Center, Inc.
  38. National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Detroit Section
  39. Neighborhood Service Organization
  40. New Day Foundation for Families
  41. Northeast Guidance Center
  42. North Star Reach
  43. Orchards Children's Services
  44. Ozone House Youth and Family Services
  45. Penrickton Center for Blind Children
  46. Play-Place for Autistic Children
  47. Racquet Up Detroit
  48. RSA Foundation SOS Community Services
  49. Southwest Solutions
  50. St. Vincent de Paul Detroit
  51. Suite Dreams Project (General Sports Foundation)
  52. Taylor Reading Corps
  53. The Brooksie Way
  54. The Empowerment Plan
  55. The Gift Of A Helping Hand Charitable TR
  56. The Horatio Williams Foundation
  57. The Pink Fund
  58. The Rainbow Connection
  59. Turning Point, Inc.
  60. Warren Symphony Society, Inc.
  61. Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency
  62. Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc.
  63. Vision Hope
  64. Vista Maria
  65. Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids
  66. Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels

The top 10 nonprofits will share $375,000 in "Art Van Charity Challenge" prize grants. The first place finisher will receive $75,000 and grants ranging from $7,500 to $65,000 will be awarded to the nine other top fundraising organizations. Of the 120 competing charities in 2015, 100 operate in Michigan, 17 in Chicagoland, two in Ohio and one in Indiana. During the past six years, the Art Van Charity Challenge has generated nearly $20 million in donations, bestowed $7 million, and supports 261 charities.

"It is gratifying and inspiring to see what happens during this friendly competition," said Art Van Elslander, chairman and founder of Art Van Furniture. "By working together, we expect to raise over $2 million to support these wonderful charitable organizations."

The winners will be announced on June 24. All of the participating charities will keep the funds raised during the competition, as well as any additional prizes won such as $4,000 in bonus challenge money from Art Van Furniture, $1,000 in Art Van Furniture gift cards, and special prizes like autographed photos of Cindy Crawford and internationally renowned photographer Nigel Barker.

"There are few things in life more empowering than getting involved and giving back to help others," said Crawford, who lost her brother to leukemia when she was nine years old and helped raise money for the Leukemia Foundation of America as part of her healing process. "I have been devoted for a long time to doing my part to enhance the world."

Powered by, an online charitable fundraising site, the Art Van Charity Challenge raised over $1 million, including $260,000 in the final 24 hours and secured $175,000 of the funds in the final hour during its 2014 campaign, setting a record. For more information, including a complete list of participating charities, visit

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