Twelve Nonprofit Community Development Groups Named as Recipients of the MetLife Foundation Community Development Initiative

Dec 20, 2010, 09:30 ET from MetLife Foundation

National program awards grants of $1 million in two years

NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MetLife Foundation today announced that it is awarding $500,000 among 12 nonprofit community development groups in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area as part of its 2010 Community Development Initiative. The organizations are being recognized for leadership and excellence in implementing affordable housing and economic development activities that increase access and opportunity in diverse lower-income neighborhoods.  The groups received grants of up to $50,000 each.  Since 2009, MetLife Foundation has awarded $1 million through the Community Development Initiative.

"Community development organizations play a critical role in building livable neighborhoods," said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. "We are pleased to recognize these organizations for their affordable housing and economic development initiatives which will help meet growing needs and build opportunity and hope."  

The recipients of the 2010 MetLife Foundation Community Development Initiative are:

MetLife Foundation was established by MetLife in 1976 to carry on its longstanding tradition of contributions and community involvement. Grants support health, education, civic and cultural programs. For more information about the Foundation, visit


Sarah Faria (401) 827-3906

David Hammarstrom (401) 827-2273

SOURCE MetLife Foundation