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Disney Donates $1 Million to Boys & Girls Clubs

Disney may be known for their classic fairy tale movies or for buying and owning Star Wars and Marvel, but now they may be known for donating money to the Boys & Girls clubs.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a national nonprofit organization of local chapters that provide after-school programs for young people and students. They have many activities for kids to do after school such as board games and the club  can help with their school work. The Boys & Girls Club’s purpose is to “[provide] Club programs and services that promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence"(from The Boys & Girls Club website). They receive many donations every year, and with only being a few months into 2018, they have already received a very large donation.

Disney is in the process of donating one million dollars to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in celebration of Black Panther’s financial success. The donation will support the organization’s youth STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) program. Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger said in a statement that it was “thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film,” according to CNN.com.

STEM has been a major focus of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in which case the donation will be a large help. The organization will use the one-time grant to build and establish new STEM centers to serve kids and teens specifically in Baltimore, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, and New York.

This is not the first time Disney has donated to them though. In December of 2017, the company’s park division donated 1.1 million dollars to the organization in central Florida. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has had a long relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs, going back all the way to it’s founder, Walt Disney. Walt Disney originally worked as an honorary board member for the organization. In December 2017, they donated the 1.1 million as a Christmas gift.