Only One Month Left to Nominate a Local Charity for Play Connects Grant

Member companies of the Toy Industry Association have been asked to nominate a community-based charity for one of three Play Connects grants-up to $10,000 each-to be awarded by the Toy Industry Foundation later this year. Submissions for the grant application must be completed by the nominated charity by August 15.

Play Connects, launched by TIF last year, aims to help fund childrens charities that the toy industry cares about, connect TIA members with the world of philanthropy, and make a difference in the lives of children in need.

Last year’s winners were the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford, Conn.; Friends of the Children in Portland, Ore.; The Magic House at the St. Louis Children’s Museum; and 826 Valencia in San Francisco.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of members from the TIF Board of Trustees.  Up to three grant recipients will be chosen, and the selected charities will be announced in December.

This post was originally written by Gigi Rubin and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Toy Industy Foundation Visits Boys & Girls Club of Stamford, Conn.

More than 200 young children participating in The Boys & Girls Club (BCG) of Stamford Conn., received a visit from the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) recently.

The visit came after a a $10,000 grant last winter that was awarded to the an after-school and summertime children’s center. The grant was part of Play Connects which provides funding to select community charities nominated by Toy Industry Association members. Board games, strategy games, and building toys are an important part of Project Learn, a BGC initiative. Homework and exercise are an important aspect of time spent at BGC Stamford; however, games and toys are vital to the Club’s mission to help their members achieve academic success, develop good character and citizenship, and live a healthy lifestyle.

This post was originally written by Gigi Rubin and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group