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American Fundraising Foundation awards the Adaptive Sports Foundation a Golden Pear Grant

MAITLAND, Fla. (January 12, 2021) – The American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund) has announced 17 Golden Pear Award recipients as part of its expanded support for qualified nonprofit organizations throughout the nation. Over 1,100 organizations applied for these additional funding opportunity grants due to the adverse impact of the pandemic on their fundraising abilities. This is the second wave of grants awarded by AmFund bringing the total distribution of unrestricted funds to over $105,000 and the Adaptive Sports Foundation is lucky to be one of the recipients.

“We are pleased to present a Golden Pear Grant to Adaptive Sports Foundation. They are doing significant work in the area of Windham, New York and their application was very compelling,” said Deborah Marshall, Chief Operating Officer of the American Fundraising Foundation. “We are grateful for all they are doing to make a difference. The Golden Pear is part of our logo and symbolizes good health, prosperity, longevity and future happiness – all the things we hope for them and the many organizations that impact lives daily.”

“The Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) is extremely grateful to AmFund for their generosity during these trying times for non-profits.”  said Cherisse Young, ASF Director of Development.  “With so much not happening these days, a little bit of normalcy is needed.  Being able to provide skiing and snowboarding to our special needs community allows us to provide much needed physical and mental wellness during these often isolating times.  Support from organizations like AmFund allows us to continue empower lives through adaptive sports today and into the future. “

About the American Fundraising Foundation

Each year, the American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund) carefully chooses organizations to support through sponsorship of events, unrestricted grant distribution, virtual silent auctions, and other programs to raise much-needed unrestricted funds for the important mission of those organizations.

AmFund was recognized in 2020 by Nonprofit PRO as Fundraiser of the Year. It is also recognized with the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency and since 1999 has distributed more than $36 million for worthy causes. Its signature silent auctions featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences, that are good for three years with no black out dates, are presented at organizations’ special events – drawing admiration, praise and excitement as the entire process elevates the event in the eyes of patrons, board members and the community. This year, it introduced AmFund VIP, a virtual silent auction that is becoming the “go-to” fundraising option for nonprofits.

Leveraging more than two decades of fundraising experience, AmFund also provides expert training on a wide variety of topics and offers subject matter expertise through its Speaker’s Bureau for groups ranging in size from 12 to 500.

For more information, visit or call (407) 895-8000. Read AmFund’s blog at and connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

Adaptive Sports Foundation

The Adaptive Sports Foundation (501c3) provides profound and life changing experiences for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities and chronic illness through outdoor physical activity, community, education, and support. In 2019-2020, ASF provided over 3,300 lessons to individuals with disabilities and the organization’s 260 volunteers donated 26,010 hours of service. To get involved or to learn more, visit