Janus Henderson Foundation Contributes more than $260,000 to Employee-Nominated Charities Around the Globe
The Janus Henderson Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Janus Henderson Investors, this week announced the winners of its sixth annual Janus Henderson Investors Charity Challenge.
The Charity Challenge is a competition where Janus Henderson employees pitch nonprofit organizations to their colleagues and a panel of finalist judges to win donations. Top prize winners are in the United States, United Kingdom and India, with a total of nine charities designated to receive more than $263,800. The first-place prize of $75,000 will go to Cruse Bereavement.
The Janus Henderson Foundation typically supports education initiatives, with a history of giving that started in 1994, but the annual event broadens the scope of the foundation’s impact by enabling employees to influence where donations go.
“This is an event we look forward to every year because it allows us to harness the giving spirit of our employees and make positive contributions to the communities we operate in across the globe,” said Tiphani Krueger, president of the Janus Henderson Foundation. “The donations we make to these charities will help them provide vital services to underserved communities and people in need — like mental health support for the bereaved and access to education, medical care and food for people experiencing poverty. It’s a friendly competition that allows us to support causes we’re passionate about.”
Top prize winner, Cruse Bereavement, has been providing life-changing support to bereaved people in the UK for 62 years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it expects to see a 50% increase in demand for services. It plans to use the donation to expand services through a new program called “Understanding your Bereavement,” which offers live, online group sessions led by bereavement specialists who can also provide one-on-one support.
Steven Wibberley, CEO at Cruse Bereavement Care, said, “We are absolutely delighted to be the winners of the Janus Henderson Foundation’s 2021 Charity Challenge. It’s been an incredible experience being involved in such a fantastic initiative. The grant of $75,000 USD will enable us to support thousands of bereaved people at a time when the need for bereavement support has never been greater.”
Runners-up include second place Hunger Free Colorado in the United States and third place Project Help India.
Hunger Free Colorado leads efforts to connect families and individuals to food resources, and fuels change in systems, policies and social views so no Coloradan goes hungry. Project Help India offers education services to impoverished women and children, combats human trafficking and provides counselling to rescued individuals. Both organizations are seeing more demand in the wake of the pandemic.
Additional prizes will be awarded to all finalists and regional vote winners. This year’s challenge also included a special COVID-19 Relief Prize for an organization that is directly providing relief services to communities impacted by the global pandemic.
Prize winners include:
- Cruse Bereavement, Grand Prize Winner
- Hunger Free Colorado, 1st Runner Up
- Project Help India, 2nd Runner Up and APAC Regional Winner
- St. Luke’s Hospice, EMEA Regional Winner
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, North America Regional Winner
- Ruils Independent Living, COVID-19 Relief Prize Winner
- Medical Detection Dogs, Finalist
- The Vertile Foundation, Finalist
- WeeCycle, Finalist
More than 920 employees participated in the initial voting round of the challenge. Since launching the annual challenge, the Janus Henderson Foundation has donated a total of $655,566 to more than 140 organizations across the globe.
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