Press Release – September 2010

Press Release – September 2010


New Charity Awards $134,000 in Grants to Seattle-Area Nonprofit Organizations

2010 GranteesRedmond, WA – In its first grant-making year, Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation will be distributing a total of $134,000 to seven local grantees addressing basic needs: quality healthcare and education.

A grant award ceremony was held on September 4, 2010 at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center. The first Education Grant was presented to 826 Seattle, a nonprofit writing center that helps students from ages 6 – 18 with writing skills, after school homework, and English language learning – all free of charge. The second Education Grant was presented to First Place School’s new Griffin Early Learning Center, a preschool serving children impacted by poverty and homelessness.  The third Education Grant was given to Powerful Schools to support its “School Readiness Project.”

All four of the Healthcare Grant recipients offer medical and dental care to those who otherwise would be without.  The first Healthcare Grant was presented to HealthPoint, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that operates 12 medical and dental clinics in King County.  The second Healthcare Grant was given to International Community Health Services (or ICHS), a FQHC that is dedicated to providing culturally and linguistically appropriate health care to underserved communities.  The third Healthcare Grant went to Jubilee Reach Center.  Among its many community-focused programs, Jubilee Reach operates a medical clinic and a mobile dental van program to serve Lake Hills, one of the most economically diverse neighborhoods in the area.  The last Healthcare Grant was given to to Neighborcare Health, a FQHC that operates 16 medical, dental, and school-based clinics.  Neighborcare is the largest provider of primary medical and dental care in Seattle for the uninsured and most vulnerable people.

“Thank you to the grantees for all the good work that you do.  We look forward to learning from you through this partnership, and together, we can ensure that quality health and education is within reach for all,” said Fo-Ching Lu, Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation President. ###

About Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation

The Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation was founded by Living Buddha Lian Sheng in 2008.  The Foundation is a non-profit public charity dedicated to promoting and advancing quality health and education for all.  Guided by the principles of Buddhism and the teachings of the Living Buddha, the Foundation is driven by compassion and the belief that the practice of compassion is an essential part of Buddhism.  The Foundation strives to combine the Buddhist principles and philanthropy with strategic grant-making, awarding large impact grants to programs or organizations that employ innovative approaches to addressing the ongoing inadequacies in the health and education sector.  For more information, please visit <> or call 425.883.3500.

Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation
17102 NE 40th Ct.
Redmond, WA 98052

Fo-Ching Lu, President
Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation

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