Chrysler Foundation donates $100,000 to Italian earthquake fund

The recent earthquakes which rocked Italy had a devastating effect as a 5.1 magnitude hit northern Italy earlier this month followed by two other quakes the last of which was centered on the town of Novi do Modena in Emilia Romagna a region where the two previous quakes killed more than 20 persons and rendered 14000 homeless. Several buildings were destroyed and many towns were damaged.

Now thanks to the generosity of Chrysler Foundation, the National Italian American Foundation will receive $100,000 for the Nazareno Cooperativa Sociale in Capri, Italy. This centre which received large scale damage houses education, professional training and other facilities to both children and adults with disabilities and will be the recipient of this huge donation from Chrysler Group.

Earlier in 2011, the Chrysler Foundation had donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross for Japan relief following the major earthquakes and tsunami that struck Japan. In June 2011, the Chrysler Foundation donated $50,000 to support AmeriCares US Disaster Relief Fund while in October 2011, the same Foundation donated $25,000 to AGAPE Love from Above to Our Community in support of flood disaster relief in Bloomsburg.

Besides this, the Chrysler Foundation in instrumental in making such large donations to various flood relief and clean up programs across the globe. It was established in 1953 as a nonprofit entity with the sold purpose of enriching the physical, educational and cultural needs of various communities besides disaster relief and youth development.

News release: The Chrysler Foundation Donates $100,000 to Emilia-Romagna Earthquake Relief Fund

National Italian American Foundation to receive $100,000 for the Nazareno Cooperativa Sociale
June 15, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Chrysler Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Chrysler Group LLC, announced today it will donate $100,000 to the National Italian American Foundation in support of the Nazareno Cooperativa Sociale, located in Carpi (Modena), Italy. This center, which was severely damaged during the recent earthquake, provides housing, education, professional training and creative outlets for children and adults with disabilities.

“Our hearts go out to the people of the Emilia-Romagna region as they recover from this earthquake,” said Jody Trapasso, President – The Chrysler Foundation. We are humbled by their unwavering spirit in this time of adversity and we are proud to support the relief and recovery efforts.”

This Chrysler initiative is the latest of a series of initiatives in aid of the inhabitants of Emilia-Romagna already put in place by several Fiat Group and Fiat Industrial Group companies in the past couple of weeks, including a fund-raising initiative to benefit the Italian Red Cross, which is on the front line in the disaster relief effort. Further, this initiative is consistent with the Foundation’s long history of providing humanitarian aid throughout the United States and the world.

In 2011, the Foundation donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross for Japan disaster relief efforts. The Foundation also matched contributions made by Chrysler employees, contractors and dealers. Several months later in June, the Foundation donated $50,000 to support AmeriCares U.S. Disaster Relief Fund, which provided medical aid, bottled water, hygiene products and relief supplies to survivors of tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters. Then in October, the Foundation donated $25,000 to AGAPE Love from Above to Our Community in support of flood disaster relief and recovery efforts in Bloomsburg, Pa.

The Foundation donated $100,000, $50,000 each to Oxfam America and the United States Fund for UNICEF in 2010, to support humanitarian relief and recovery efforts in Haiti after that country’s devastating earthquake. Later that year, the Foundation contributed $50,000 to the village of Dundee, Mich., and another $50,000 to ISOH/Impact in Perrysburg, Ohio, for relief efforts following severe tornadoes that hit Michigan and Northern Ohio.

In 2008, the Foundation provided $100,000 for flood relief and cleanup programs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In that same year, the Foundation, together with the Southwest Business Center and local dealers, presented the Houston Food Bank with $200,000 worth of food and supplies, plus three Dodge Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks to continue distribution efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ike. In the year prior, the Foundation donated $100,000 for wildfire disaster relief in San Diego. This initiative also involved volunteers and in-kind support from Chrysler Group dealers.