Nonprofits meet Art Van challenge
A pair of West Michigan charities picked up prize grants through their participation in the Art Van Charity Challenge.
Grand Rapids-based Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan was awarded $25,000 for placing third in the competition, and Holland-based Benjamin’s Hope was granted $15,000 for its fourth-place finish.
Winners were chosen based on which charities raised the most money for their organizations from May 18 through June 22.
Pontiac-based Grace Centers of Hope won the $100,000 first-place prize.
The 8th Annual Art Van Charity Challenge saw 147 charities from across the Midwest participate, raising a total of nearly $2.3 million in five weeks.
Art Van donated $225,000 in prize grants to the top-10 finishers, in addition to $94,000 in bonus grants awarded to winning charities in special competitions throughout the five-week period. All charities keep the money they raised during the competition.
Since the competition began in 2009, Art Van has donated more than $8 million and facilitated the fundraising of more than $24 million for more than 350 charities that provide assistance to children, health care and human services.
First place ($100,000): Grace Centers of Hope, Pontiac
Second place ($50,000): The Power Company Kids Club, Pontiac
Third place ($25,000): Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, Grand Rapids
Fourth place ($15,000): Benjamin’s Hope, Holland
Fifth place ($12,500): Cass Community Social Services, Detroit
Sixth place: ($10,000): The Jackson Chance Foundation, Chicago
Seventh place ($5,000): Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, Valparaiso, Indiana
Eighth place ($4,000): The Well of Mercy, Chicago
Ninth place ($2,000): Southwest Solutions, Detroit
Tenth place ($1,500): Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Chicago