March 11th, 2010
03:53 PM ET
11 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. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    When it turns out that he didn't close Guantanamo, kept troops in Iraq, sent more troops to other war fronts, has not stopped any ill feeling from terrorists, this is only fair. He didn't live up to the hope of the award.

    Mr President: Bring the Troops Home like you said.

    March 11, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Barbara Barner - Raleigh, NC

    My President is an awesome man of God!

    March 11, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Charlie in Maine

    Good job Mr. President.

    I am so proud to continue to support you. The fact that my attitude drives right wingers crazy is just icing on the cake.

    March 11, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. me and mr b, oak harbor WA

    Go POTUS you are my hero!

    March 11, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Monster Zero

    Good for him, I could sure use some of that money or a JOB would even be better!

    March 11, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Marj

    Yah ... what about get america out of debt fund?

    March 11, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Jonathan Reese

    I thought the word "negro" was supposed to be a bad word now? If so then why is Obama giving money to the United Negro College Fund?

    March 11, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. all the news that's fit to omit

    Despise this fraud with all my passion, BUT, the Fisher house is a GREAT charity.

    I applaud you Mr. President.

    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?

    What's that, there isn't one, but, but, but, but.

    Never mind.

    March 11, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Noble of the Nobel Recipient

    Thanks for the charity Mr. President. I'm sure if Bush ever won it, he would've donated the proceeds to Haliburton.

    March 11, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. TJINLV

    I am so proud of this President. He has worked non-stop since the day he took office. He has continually shown his generosity, humanity, intelligence, class and grace. While some may disagree with everything he say and does, I am one of millions who simply love this man.

    March 11, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Jake

    This must be the Obama socialism the Tea Party eccentrics are talking about?

    March 11, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    God bless our President.

    The sad thing is that SOMEONE is bound to say something about this list. "Why not give to...?" The usual diatribe and baseles criticism.

    Pay close attention to his gift to the families of veterans and college students. It says something about the man.

    I have never, ever, heard the level of crap from having one of our very own Presidents win the Nobel Peace Prize. How small, uneducated, disrespectful, and arrogant must we have seemed to the international community. We crticize and act as if we lived in a vacuum where no one else is privy to our irrational temper tantrums.

    We have perfected the art of tackiness and disrespect. It is shameful. Will we be viewed as a people who asked for something, voted for it, got it and now act as if they didn't know their own minds. Are we to be viewed as the "industrialized nuts" of the world, or can we pull ourselves together and regain our civility, and respect at least towards the leader of our nation?

    March 11, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Chris - Denver

    Good for him. I'm sure some bitter tea-bagger Obama hater will still find fault with this.

    March 11, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    Proud to have such a genuine person as Obama as our President. It's really disgusting how so many little people spread so many lies and false rumors about him. And when we've had such a lousy previous President that didn't recieve enough scrutiny and ended up seriously damaging our country.
    I know the right wingers, neo-cons, and tea-baggers like to call him the "Messiah", but even with Obama's extensive talent, education, and experiance even he will need more than eight years to get us back on the path of greatness.
    When I hear these nasty little people on these sites, radio, and cable TV try to diminish him with lies and rascism it makes me even more proud of my vote to help him become our President.

    March 11, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Bob

    Hey, I don't like the guy, but in this case, he did the right thing. He didn't do anything to deserve the prize, acknowledged that fact, and gave the money away.

    March 11, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. Leah Texas

    Bravo Mr. President!

    March 11, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Katie B in NC

    And I am proud to support you, Mr. President!

    March 11, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. cjr

    bet gwb would never think of doing ths

    March 11, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. lhayden

    Great choices

    March 11, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. big chunky33


    March 11, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. Bob Carmicheal

    Not all of those are charities. Some are fronts to launder money for politicians and some are racist organizations. Would like to have seen him use that money to pay down his deficit.

    March 11, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Julie


    March 11, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. sk

    Curious to see how that move will get bashed. Let the creativity begin!!

    March 11, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. futtatinni

    Great for him! Way to go, but CNN, how does that add up to 1.4 million?

    March 11, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. LacrosseMom

    That's wonderful and generous! Well done, Mr. President!

    March 11, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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