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New York Life Foundation Grants $950,000 to the Moyer Foundation

Support of Camp Erin Program Reaches Nearly $3 Million Since 2008

NEW YORK, January 30, 2014—The Moyer Foundation, a national nonprofit supporting programs that directly serve critical needs of children in severe distress, announced a three year, $950,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to build capacity, awareness and visibility for the organization as well the bereavement field in general.

“We are grateful to the New York Life Foundation for providing nearly $3 million in support of Camp Erin and for all the New York Life volunteers nationwide who have contributed their time and energy to help champion the issue of childhood bereavement. Our partnership has been integral in providing support to more than 2,500 children annually and establishing 41 bereavement camps across the country, but even more needs to be done to make this a national concern and bring this issue to the forefront,” said Kevin Sullivan, The Moyer Foundation’s national executive director. “This grant will enhance our leadership within the field and broaden awareness nationwide through grassroots efforts.”

“The Moyer Foundation has become a strategic partner that continues to champion the cause of childhood bereavement. We are looking forward to collaborating on developing engagement initiatives and opportunities to broaden awareness on a local and national level,” said Heather Nesle, president of the New York Life Foundation. “Research shows there is a widespread need for bereavement resources and services and when children receive the type of support The Moyer Foundation provides, they are more hopeful about the future.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 1.5 million children lose a parent each year, and countless others experience the death of a relative, friend or someone else close to them*. Data indicates that grieving children are at a much greater risk for depression, suicide, poverty and substance abuse.

The funding supports initiatives to foster national leadership and increase community engagement around the issue of childhood bereavement. Highlights of the grant include:

  • Collaborate with New York Life to execute Children’s Grief Awareness Day (observed on Nov. 21) initiatives to raise awareness of the day and provide information and resources;
  • Partner to build awareness for “Childhood Bereavement on Capitol Hill Day,” an opportunity to meet with local congressional representatives to encourage support and build awareness for the childhood bereavement field; and
  • Support Moyer’s creation and implementation of standards and best practices for the bereavement camp field. These standards and best practices will be presented to bereavement providers at the National Conference of Bereavement Camps and the National Alliance of Grieving Children.
  • About The Moyer Foundation

    The Moyer Foundation is a public, 501(c)(3) organization with offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Seattle, Washington. The organization was founded in 2000 by World Series champion pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen. The Foundation’s mission is to empower children in distress by providing education and support—helping them to live healthy and inspired lives. In addition to community-funded grants, The Moyer Foundation also created and funds Camp Erin™, the largest network of free bereavement camps in the country for grieving children and teens (40 camps in over 25 states); and Camp Mariposa™, a free camp program for children living with addiction/substance abuse in their families with locations in Washington, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Florida. The Moyer Foundation raises funds through special events, corporate partners and individual donors. For more information, visit www.moyerfoundation.org.

    About the New York Life Foundation

    Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided nearly more than $185 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its focus on “Nurturing the Children,” the Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.

    *Based on statistics from 2008 U.S Census Bureau data available at www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2008/2008edition.html. This figure does not account for the number of children who lose a ”parental figure“ such as a grandparent or other relative that provides care.