Art Van launches 2019 Charity Challenge

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Photo: Oaks Acorn Children’s Village in Monroe, Mich., won a $50,000 grant in Art Van’s 2018 Charity Challenge.

Art Van Furniture’s 2019 Charity Challenge has begun. Nonprofit organizations benefiting women, children or human services in five states plus St. Louis, Mo., are invited to compete for 10 grants totaling $250,000. The top grant is $100,000. The five states are Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.

This is the 11th year Art Van has promoted the challenge, which has raised more than $26 million. Charities will compete for grants by raising their own funds between Sept. 9 and Sept. 27.

This isn’t Home Furnishings Association member Art Van’s only charitable outreach.

“For 60 years, Art Van has been investing in the communities we serve by providing jobs, home furnishings for families to create lifelong memories, and by giving back,” Ron Boire, president and CEO, said in a news release. “Nonprofit organizations play an immeasurable role in improving lives in their communities, and we love supporting and enhancing their efforts.”

Art Van “considers requests from a wide range of organizations and encourages creativity and innovation to develop partnerships that are of mutual benefit to community organizations and Art Van Furniture,” the company says. “We seek sponsorships that bring value to our customers and employees.”  

Cindy Crawford, the model, businesswoman and philanthropist, is the charity campaign’s official ambassador for the fifth consecutive year.

For more information or to apply for a grant, go to Art Van’s Charity Challenge webpage here.

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