The Charles Johnson Charitable Foundation is a family foundation that was started by Charles Johnson himself in the 1950s. The Board for the foundation meets once a year to choose non-profit organizations to be the recipients of grants. CJCF has awarded CFHAS grants on an annual basis since 2004. The grants announced in this article are the largest to date, but the previous grants have also been generous (between $12,000 and $18,000 annually). Including the grants for 2012 / 2013 the CJCF has awarded a total of $177,500 to CFHAS and $8,000 in support of the birthing kit program.
The CJCF grants for 2012 / 2013, in memory of Peter, are in response to a report that CFHAS was invited to make. The submitted report specified that “the funds we raise each year enable us to work with HAS in its delivery of an annual Maternal & Child Health Program”. Cited in the report, as specific aspects of the Program supported by CFHAS, were Traditional Birth Attendants, Community Health Workers, Neonatal Care, the High Risk Obstetrics Unit at the hospital and the Mobile Clinics. The report mentioned the more than 9,000 pregnant women and 42,500 children under 5 (in the lower Artibonite region) who will benefit from the Maternal & Child Health Program. The significant CJCF grants help to ensure the continuation of the current level of care to women and children in the Artibonite region.
Note about income: CFHAS has four important sources of income which together make up a significant annual donation to Hôpital Albert Schweitzer. Besides the Charles Johnson Charitable Foundation, CFHAS depends on significant money from the Haiti Happening Dinner & Silent Auction (last Saturday in February), the 100 Holes for Haiti Golf Event (third Thursday in September) and donations from individuals and groups (made any time through the year). These income sources allowed CFHAS to make a donation of $100,000 to HAS in 2011. This November Hal Devins, as part of a work team going to the hospital, will present another $100,000 as the CFHAS 2012 donation. (It should be noted that this year CFHAS will participate in an additional fundraiser, the Road2Hope Marathon, November 3rd, 2012.)