Eden Prairie, MN (November 26, 2013) – The Minnesota Vikings and the Vikings Children’s Fund (VCF) have announced that 75 grants totaling nearly $488,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations throughout the Upper Midwest in 2013. The grants bring the VCF’s total donations to more than $10 million, over $4 million of which has been donated since the Wilf family took ownership of the Vikings in 2005. The milestone will be recognized during Vikings center
“Vikings players, coaches and staff have always understood and believed that having a commitment to the community is a crucial part of being a member of the Minnesota Vikings organization,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “We are extremely proud to reach the $10 million milestone with the Vikings Children’s Fund and we look forward to continuing to support these important children and family-related causes throughout the state and the Upper Midwest.”
Since its establishment in 1978, the VCF has been a means for Vikings players, coaches, front office staff members and their families to focus their community support to helping children. The VCF distributes grants to health, education and family services organizations throughout Minnesota and the Upper Midwest and has directed more than $5 million to support the University of Minnesota’s Department of Pediatrics, which boasts highly-skilled pediatricians and excels in break-through research, and University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.
“We are grateful for the longstanding partnership with the Minnesota Vikings and the Vikings Children’s Fund,” said Dr. Joseph P. Neglia, physician-in-chief at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and head of the Department of Pediatrics. “Their contributions make a direct impact on the lives of children and their families in our community and beyond. The Vikings Children’s Fund supports our collective efforts to combat childhood obesity as well as promising research to treat and cure childhood diseases. This critical funding has given us the leverage to secure national grants of more than $50 million dollars for pediatric research. That’s an incredible investment that helps children everywhere.”