March 11th, 2010
03:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama to give Nobel Peace Prize award to 10 charities

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will donate his $1.4 million 2009 Nobel Peace Prize award to 10 charities, the White House announced Thursday.

The organizations receiving the money "do extraordinary work in the United States and abroad helping students, veterans and countless others in need," Obama said in a statement. "I'm proud to support their work."

The list of charities includes:

– $250,000 to Fisher House, a group that helps provide housing for families of patients receiving medical care at military and Veterans Affairs medical centers;

– $200,000 for the Clinton-Bush Haiti fund, which supports relief efforts in the earthquake-ravaged nation;

– $125,000 for the College Summit, which helps prepare students for college;

– $125,000 for the United Negro College Fund, which helps more than 60,000 students attend college annually;

– $125,000 to the Posse Foundation, which awards four-year full-tuition scholarships to students who, according to the White House, "may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes";

– $125,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, which has awarded scholarships to over 90,000 students over a 34-year history;

– $125,000 to the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation, which supports higher education opportunities for students from Appalachia;

– $125,000 to the American Indian College Fund, which provides over 6,000 scholarships annually to Native American students;

– $100,000 to AfriCare, which supports programs primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa dealing with health, food, and water resource development; and

– $100,000 to the Central Asia Institute, which backs education and literacy efforts for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Obama was awarded the Nobel prize for "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," according to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Obama said he viewed the decision less as a recognition of his own accomplishments and more as "a call to action."

The president accepted the prize in a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, in December.

The decision caught most observers by surprise. Obama had not been mentioned as one of the front-runners for the prestigious award.

The last sitting U.S. president to win the peace prize was Woodrow Wilson in 1919. The other was Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. Jimmy Carter had been out of office for more than two decades when he won in 2002.

soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Daniel March 11th, 2010 5:23 pm ET

    Whoever this is is reading my comments and not posting them so how about an answer. You are starting to show your liberal bias. LMAO. No wonder your ratings sucks.

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    But you're here reading and posting (LOLOLOLOL)

    March 11, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Sprtman

    The United Negro college fund? That still exists during this day and age. I wish the free ride was available for people like me. Guess I'll just have to work and earn it like all the rest of my kind.

    March 11, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Kevin in Ohio March 11th, 2010 4:47 pm ET

    Sweetie, I almost missed your post. Why did you bring up Bush? I didn't. If memory serves me correctly on OUR American history we've had more than one president prior to Obama. Are you saying that Bush is the ONLY president that you will acknowledge?? I mean, WHAT ARE YOU SAYING???? Do you know?

    Hey, I'll be visiting my native land Dominican Republic with my 2 sons next year, thanks for asking!

    March 11, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. seebofubar

    If I was him I'd get rid of it too, it's ill gotten gains. Porkey Pig is more deserving of the Peace Prize than this blow hard.

    March 11, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. Retired Army in San Antonio

    all the news that's fit to omit - March 11th, 2010 4:03 pm ET

    .......But then you read down and $125,000 to the United Negro college fund, this snarky POS just had to do that.

    How about dividing that up and giving half to the United Caucasion college fund.......

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    – $125,000 to the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation, which supports higher education opportunities for students from Appalachia;

    OK......

    1. See how stupid you are?

    2. The monies is awarded to President Obama. He can distribute it in any manner he chooses......so GET OVER IT!

    March 11, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. terry,va.

    He needs to pay his staff of fools for a couple of months and not drain anymore from the taxpayers.

    March 11, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Osito

    Giving the money away was a no brainer. It was clearly undeserved and highly controversial that he couldn't possibly have kept it. In any case, any other president, not just Obama, would have done the same thing. It's a no brainer. Perfect PR tactic.
    What other international charities were selected and why? Haiti is an obvious case, but why not donate within the US?

    March 11, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Disappointed voter

    I am surpised he did not include the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) society, given that his wife has used many opportunities to talk about her father with MS. I have MS and was hoping to see the president give some money to this organization, but I guess talking about MS is one thing and donating money to them is another.

    March 11, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. Phil from Corpus Christi

    Concerning Kevin in Houston's accounting of George W.Bush's donations to charity: to which organization did he donate the money from his Nobel prize? :)

    March 11, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Kevin St Pete FL

    I still remember the day this Nation found out that President Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize. To say that we were all in shock was an understatement. Talk about winning the runner up prize for not getting the olympics in Chi-town. The Neo-Cons, Tea Bggers and the Republicans just went plain ape over the matter, and as a PROLIBDEM, I loved every minute of it. There, my moment of gloating on them is done... for now.

    The FIsher House. The Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund. College Summit. The UNCF. These are non profit organizations to go out and influence people in the communities of this great nation. If the President gave that much to those 4 groups, I can only imagine what the other six are and what they are getting.

    Continue the good work that you are doing, Mr. President.

    March 11, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Zahabu

    Fiche -lui la paix (leave him alone) ,he is great and he did a great thing . Loving him or not loving him will not change not even a bit of him when it comes to charity. That is a gift he has frome Above.

    March 11, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Disappointed voter

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    I am surprised he did not include the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) society, given that his wife has used many opportunities to talk about her father with MS. I have MS and was hoping to see the president give some money to this organization, but I guess talking about MS is one thing and donating money to them is another.

    March 11, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Ron

    For those asking why he did not give to the Caucasian College Fund......HE DID! Or did you suppose that the Appalachia Leadership and Education Foundation was giving scholarships to minorities? Only 8% of the population of the Appalachia region are minorities, the vast majority are white.

    March 11, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. Marc

    Mark – March 11th, 2010 4:35 pm ET
    'Looks like obama doesn't like to pay taxes either.
    A White House spokesman tells CBS News that Mr. Obama is avoiding tax liability for the prize money by not accepting the award himself.'

    What tax liability man?
    Presidents cannot accept prizes that comes with money attached to it, unless they keep the prize AND donate the money!
    It's the law!
    Plus, supposing that he was NOT the President, Nobel Prizes are TAX FREE (or TAX EXEMPT, not sure which term is the correct one), therefore there are NO TAXES that he isn't paying for!
    Read a little before you type your hate!

    March 11, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Tam

    Time to criticise him for the charities he missed! Some people are just cranks.

    March 11, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. Average American

    It sure is amazing that one mention of the United Negro College Fund brings out the racists, but no one has a problem with the Appalachian College Fund.

    March 11, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. brs

    Kevin in Ohio – what "once-great-country" are you referring to? The 50's when woman weren't supposed to work, just clean and stay in the kitchen? or maybe the 60's when blacks weren't supposed to have equal rights to whites, or the 70's when disco was topping the charts? or the 80's when Reagan decided to pump billions of dollars into a "War on Drugs" that doesn't have a snowball's chance in h3ll of working and sold weapons to Iran? I don't understand this perfect picture of America. America changes, advances and evolves every day...get used to it or get off.

    March 11, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Linda

    President Obama is such an intelligent and decent man. This country is so lucky to have him as our President.

    March 11, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Lee

    Nelson Colorado Springs CO: "Presidebt Barack Obama is helping students, veterans and countless others in need."

    HAHAHAHA!! Thank you Nelson for unintentionally coming up with a hilarious nickname: PresiDEBT Obama!!! I love it!!! I'm gonna use this to go along with Obummer, Obongo, Obamanation, O, and the Pro-Black Community Organizer. Keep drinkin the kool-aid libs. One day you might wake up.

    March 11, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. JohnInAustin

    The "retired army" idiot in San Antonio mocked Obama giving money to the United Negro College Fund. That numbnut didn't balk at the contribution to the Appalachian College Fund. Who else lives there but underprivileged anglo Americans?! Obviously, when you retired your brain retired with you. I think the dissemination of the monies were to various and worthy causes. Yes, it's true any President (even GWB) would have donated the money, but they can all afford to do so. Bush would have donated it to Blackwater or Halliburton.

    March 11, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. From the south

    @Kevin in Ohio and Mark–You two are so jealous, you are turning green. President Obama is doing a great job trying to get us out of the mess Bush got us into. He is liked all over the world. Bush had everybody hating us.

    Mr Obama is an awesome man and President.

    March 11, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. claudia

    To those people on unemployment that claim the President is not doing anything to help them..where would you be without all those extensions? also, if you look for resources you'd find that because of reinvestment act, there is money out there for retraining, so if you can't find a job in what you used to do, you can get training in an industry that will have jobs.
    I'm so tired of people blaming the President for their situation, remember who put is in this situation in the first place. Also, looking for a job is a full time job and ATTITUDE is everything, if you are looking for a job with that defeated and negative attitude, you will not be finding one any time soon.

    March 11, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Dlishh

    @ Daniel – time for minorities to fend for themselves huh? I see someone didn't pay attention in history class. Mommy and Daddy cut off your monthly allowance? Get a life. I hope you are surrounded by extra dark black people for the rest of your miserable little spoon-fed life.

    March 11, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Osito

    Dominican mamma for Obama: No matter which news I pick to read, there's always a posting from you, quite long and elaborate, always in defense of the president. Sometimes you even do research to defend your position and engage in rebuttals.
    Where do you find the time for all this?? Are you employed?

    March 11, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Sprtman March 11th, 2010 5:34 pm ET

    The United Negro college fund? That still exists during this day and age. I wish the free ride was available for people like me.......

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    ...."a free ride" ?!?!?!?

    You OBVIOUSLY have no idea what the typical grant size from the UNCF is. If you did......you wouldn't have embarrassed yourself with this post.

    March 11, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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