Press Release: 2014 Charity Grants

May 23, 2014

AWA to Grant Nearly HK$1 million to 22 Local Charities
Small Grants to Small Charities with Big Hearts

23 May 2014 - The American Women’s Association of Hong Kong (“AWA”), has this year again granted nearly HK$1 million to local needy charities. The annual grant program follows a tradition begun when the organization was founded in 1956. 

The grants, nine funded by the American Chamber of Commerce (“AmCham”) with an educational orientation, typically support charities that serve children, the elderly, the disabled and women and families.  Select grants this year include: 

  • A community program for older adults at risk for hypertension and diabetes;
  • Sign language training for interpreters; and
  • A sexual abuse prevention program for mentally handicapped students.

“Our charitable niche is targeting small grants to small local charities with big hearts,” said AWA President Eileen Glynn. “With our loyal AmCham partner, this year we are delighted to assist a total of 22 charities that provide valuable services to our community.”

The largest single award this year, just over HK$126,000, will go to The Rainbow Project Company Ltd., to treat children with autistic spectrum disorders. One of the smallest grants at HK$15,000 will provide replacement educational toys for teaching language skills to hearing-impaired at the Suen Mei Speech and Hearing Centre.

Other projects funded include: new sterilizers for estate dental clinics, replacement dehumidifiers for an elderly residence, and tablets and internet access for children awaiting and recovering from serious heart surgery.

 “We rely on the AWA’s highly credible vetting process to identify worthy charities and projects,“ said James Sun, chairman of the AmCham Charitable Foundation. “Ours is a longstanding, fruitful partnership that is both efficient and effective. It enables us to invest in outstanding small charities performing meaningful work.”

The AWA accepts grant proposals each fall and through an all volunteer vetting program, reviews and performs site visits with the applicant charities. “We specialize in assisting charities that have great passion and commitment but minimal resources,” said Susan Trebach, the AWA’s Charitable Donations chair. “These modest grants can be quite important to the recipients and we are privileged to be of assistance. “

Despite a challenging economic environment with many deserving groups competing for donor dollars, this year the AWA was able to raise a million dollars for charities and for needy student scholarships under the leadership of Marcy LaRont, vice president of fundraising.

“This year we developed a real momentum for giving among our already generous members,” LaRont said. “From our highly successful annual charity bazaar to our more targeted spring events we were able to engage hundreds of donors with most satisfying results.”

The AWA and AmCham will present their grants on May 30 at an Awards Tea hosted by the US Consul General. “This is a real American family affair every year for us,” said Richard Vuylsteke, president of Am Cham. “We greatly appreciate the US Consul General’s support and participation, and all feel exceptionally fortunate to be able to assist this array of dedicated community partners.”

A full list of grant recipients will be posted on AWA’s website in conjunction with the Awards Tea Ceremony.

For more information contact:

At the American Women’s Association, Susan Trebach, Charitable Donations Chair, 9402-2334 or [email protected]

At the American Chamber of Commerce, Ming-Lai Cheung, 2530 6927 or [email protected] and Queenie Tsui, AmCham Government Relations & Public Affairs, 2530 6914 or [email protected]