Newman`s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, today announced over $510,000 in grants to be donated to NZ charities with most going to Christchurch.

Newman’s Own Foundation President Robert Forrester will make the announcement at a charity event in Auckland tomorrow (Tuesday 12 April) on his first ever visit to New Zealand. 

The funds will be divided into three categories:

• $330,000 in donations to community groups affected by devastating Christchurch Earthquake
• $130,000 in donations to charities New Zealand wide seeking funding up to $20,000 for special projects.  Applications close on 16 May 2011.
• $50,000 in donations to community partners programme

“We recognise the needs of communities, especially following natural disasters and emergencies,” said Forrester. “Paul was committed to helping make the world a better place. He believed in sharing his good fortune with those in need. He donated to charity all net profits and royalties after taxes from the sale of Newman’s Own products. Newman’s Own Foundation continues this philanthropic tradition.”

The Foundation has supported over 100 charities in New Zealand since 1992. Recent recipients include Arthritis NZ, Heart Children NZ, Age Concern and Street Football Aotearoa. Since 1982, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have donated more than US$300 million to charities around the world.

Paul Newman’s 2011 application forms for the grants up to $20,000 can be downloaded at http://www.paulnewmansown.co.nz/ and close on Monday 16 May, 2011.

* Paul Newman was committed to helping make the world a better place. To carry on his philanthropic legacy, Newman’s Own Foundation donates to charity all net royalties and profits after taxes it receives from the sale of Newman’s Own products. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given over US$300 million to thousands of charities around the world.

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