DALLAS – Nov. 5, 2015 – Serving those who served their nation has always been a part of ORIX Foundation’s grants focus, but this year the employees of ORIX USA sought increased opportunities to support North Texas veterans. As Veterans Day approaches on Nov. 11, the employee-led charitable foundation of Dallas-based financial services leader ORIX USA is announcing grants of $147,500 to nine local charities providing effective and innovative programs for veterans.
“With more than 100,000 veterans in Dallas County alone, there is a tremendous need to support veterans looking for jobs, managing health issues and dealing with related challenges,” said Josh Mayfield, ORIX Foundation Board President. “The employees of ORIX want to ensure these men and women get the services they deserve, so we sought opportunities to increase our investment in this area.”
In the past, ORIX Foundation has received limited grant requests from local veterans programs. This year, members of its grant review committee went out into the community to find charities that are successfully delivering on their mission of helping veterans. Through employee contributions, donations and a corporate contribution from ORIX USA, the Foundation will invest $147,500 in the following programs:
- George W. Bush Institute – $45,000 to its Military Service Initiative that works to improve services for post-9/11 veterans in their transition to civilian life.
- USO – $25,000 to support programs at the USO DFW Airport facility, which provides resources to soldiers deploying or returning from duty.
- Honor Courage Commitment – $20,000 for the 22Fellowship Program that connects participants with veteran entrepreneurs and executives in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors as a way to develop veterans’ talents after military service.
- NPower – $12,500 to the Technology Service Corps program that assists in serving veterans through technology and professional development training and employment assistance.
- Attitudes & Attire – $10,000 for their Boots to Heels program that addresses mental health issues unique to female veterans.
- Center for Brain Health – $10,000 for support of its Brain Performance Institute initiative to maximize cognitive function in members of the military and veterans.
- MediSend – $10,000 for the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Equipment Technology Program that provides MediSend’s leading biomedical training to returning U.S. veterans.
- Heroes on the Water – $7,500 to provide kayak fishing to veterans of any military branch to assist in rehabilitation, relaxation and reintegration into civilian life.
- Hire Heroes USA – $7,500 for Veteran Employment Assistance Programs that strengthen and increase capacity to offer more service members, veterans and spouses a continuum of services leading to successful employment.
“There is no one perfect solution for every scenario veterans face,” said Judd Rodgers, Chairman of the Board of Honor Courage Commitment, one of the ORIX Foundation grantees. “While our organization stresses empowerment and self-sufficiency, others are needed to focus on health, mental well-being and other needs. We appreciate that ORIX Foundation recognizes the need for this diversity of services in our region.”
About ORIX Foundation
ORIX Foundation is a charitable foundation sponsored and managed by ORIX Americas and its employees to advance education, strengthen communities and improve lives. The foundation awards direct grants to not-for-profit organizations and matches the charitable contributions and fundraising of each ORIX Americas employee up to $10,000 each year. Since it was founded in 2009, ORIX Foundation has committed $6.3 million to nonprofit organizations primarily in ORIX Americas’ headquarters region of North Texas. For information, visit www.orixfoundation.org.
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