Okla. A new daycare facility run by the Delaware Nation now
has new playground equipment, thanks to a donation from Rosie ODonnells
foundation, For All Kids. The New Jersey based organization made
the grant after receiving a proposal from the Delaware Nation.
The donation from ODonnell is
something relatively new in Indian country, where celebrities
are more often seen in business ventures with tribal casinos.
The actress and talk-show hostess however, is helping the smallest
members of the Delaware Tribe.
ODonnell founded the For All Kids
Foundation in 1997. It has raised over $50 million in donations
in the past four years. The foundation does not fund individuals
but targets 501 (c)(3) not for profit organizations that are dedicated
to helping children and their families. This help comes through
childcare, health care, education and other programs. The foundation
has given grants to almost 800 nonprofit organizations.
The foundation focuses on childcare,
with programs that provide services to low-income and urban areas
at the top of the list.
The Delaware day care center, which
is open to both Indian and non-Indian children, fit the foundations
Delaware Tribal Programs Director Sherry
Rackliff said the grant proposal was for playground equipment
at the daycare facility. "They donated about $1,500 to buy
the playground equipment and for the ground impact material,"
Rackliff said. "We bought a big piece of playground equipment
and impact material and had it installed."
Rackliff said she applied to the grant
project program at For All Kids and received the grant. Now the
charity is looking at other Delaware programs that benefit children.
"They have also expressed an interest in sending some projects
for tribal child care programs," Rackliff said.
The daycare center currently has a staff
of eight to care for the 30 children at the site. Rackliff said
that the center will expand as it gears up to get a state license
to care for seventy children.
The Delaware Tribe isnt the first
one to benefit from Rosie ODonnells foundation, said
Eileen Holden, the foundations Director of Communications.
Most of the funds raised by For All
Kids are through donations from corporate sponsors or fund raising
events like the yearly Rose Awards Gala. Following the September
11 attacks, the foundation raised $2 million for children of the
FDNY, NYPD and officers of the Port Authority who lost their lives
while responding to the attack on the World Trade Center.
Unlike many other foundations and charities,
ODonnell has made a commitment to make sure that the foundation
keeps low administrative costs to make sure that money donated
gets to those it was donated for, the children.
"Our kids really enjoy being able
to play outside," Rackliff said. "We are grateful for