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Westport, Connecticut ─ Newman's Own Foundation is teaming up with the America East Conference to launch the Campus Community Service Challenge. Now in its third year, this unique program encourages America East students to practice philanthropy on campus and in their surrounding communities. More than $100,000 will be awarded by Newman's Own Foundation to student-nominated nonprofits and other charities.

"Newman's Own Foundation is committed to supporting the efforts and ideas of students who are making a difference in their communities," said Newman's Own Foundation Board Member Robert Patricelli. "We have been inspired by the work they do and are proud to offer the Campus Community Service Challenge again this year.  We look forward to working with nine fantastic organizations."

One service-focused student group from each member university will participate for a Newman's Own Foundation grant on behalf of its nonprofit partner. The final grant decisions will be based on:

  • The level of the student group's involvement with its nonprofit partner, and the degree to which that involvement reflects Paul Newman's philanthropic spirit of creativity and commitment.
  • The actual mission and programs of the nonprofit, the populations and purposes it serves, and the impact the Foundation's grant will have.

The top grant will be $25,000. The next two grants will be for $15,000 and $10,000 respectively. Six nonprofits will each receive a $5,000 grant from Newman's Own Foundation. 

The nine finalists will be announced February 1, 2012. Winners will be presented throughout the America East Men's and Women's Basketball Championship held at the University of Hartford from March 1-4, 2012.

University at Albany's Third World Impact, in partnership with The Giving Circle, received last year's $25,000 grant.  The money has helped to build a primary school for more than 500 students in Uganda.

"The grant made dreams come true," said Nishtha Modi, treasurer of Third World Impact. "We learned that nothing is impossible! We are bringing village kids into school and providing a platform for them to dream that someday they might become doctors, engineers, teachers, or painters."

To learn more about the Campus Community Service Challenge, please visit

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Paul Newman was committed to helping make the world a better place. To carry on his philanthropic legacy, Newman's Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman's Own products into charitable donations. To date, Paul Newman and Newman's Own Foundation have given over $300 million to thousands of charities around the world. For more information, please visit

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Since its beginning as a men's basketball conference in 1979, America East has evolved into one of the most comprehensive NCAA Division I conferences with 20 championship sports serving more than 3,400 student-athletes. Supporting the missions of its nine member institutions - Albany, Binghamton, Boston University, Hartford, Maine, UMBC, New Hampshire, Stony Brook and Vermont - America East is committed to developing champions in academics, athletics and leadership.

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