National Philanthropy Day Honoree — 2016

Peter J. King Family Foundation

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization

Russell King, The Peter J. King Family Foundation

The Peter J. King Family Foundation has demonstrated a strong desire to transform the lives of disadvantaged people in our community — particularly children and families. Through their efforts, entire neighborhoods have been transformed: single moms previously unemployed because they couldn’t afford child care are now working, families living in isolation now find support and purpose, and children and nurtured and educated in safe, loving environments.

Established in 1985, the Peter J. King Family Foundation focuses their giving on capital projects, providing major bricks and mortar funding to organizations within Minnesota, and also schools and health care facilities in Tanzania. Founder Peter King, who passed away in 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer, saw the Foundation’s giving as an investment in the community. He felt it was important to fund facilities as it assured that the Foundation’s support would serve people for decades. Peter’s son and Foundation President Russell King describes the joy of their work, “Just to walk through any of these facilities, to see the caregivers, the social workers, the people benefiting — it’s tremendously fulfilling. I’m so proud of my father for his generosity.”

Some of the philanthropic projects the foundation has helped fund include: the Peter J. King Family Foundation Children’s Mental Health Building at Washburn Center for Children, the Peter J. King Emergency Care Center on the United Hospital, the Salvation Army King Family Foundation Corps Community Center, the King Family Foundation Child Development Center at Union Gospel Mission’s Ober Center, the King Leadership Camp program at the YMCA, St. David’s Center’s Building Our Children’s Future Capital Campaign, the United Family the Incarnation Lutheran Church Youth Center in Shoreview, and the Minnesota Viking Children’s Fund.

The Peter J. King Foundation’s philanthropic impact reaches internationally with the Peter J. King Medical Education and Nurses Training Center located near Iringa, Tanzania and the King Family Foundation Tanzanian Scholarship Fund working in conjunction with the Tanzanian Government.

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