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. Duck Fallas

    Communist! Communist! This guy OBVIOUSLY hates America! He should spend that money on tobacco and gasoline.

    March 11, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Alicia

    You only named 4 of the 10?

    March 11, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. bellayuvia

    Where are all the haters now!!! Way to go Obama!!

    March 11, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Independent

    God bless you, Mr. President! A class act and humanitarian.

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

    I wonder if everybody who doubted this man's sincerety (sp) when he stated that the money would go to charities feel like fools considering that he listed the amounts and the charities. Now, you don't have to like the charities or the amount, but don't call this man integrity into question

    March 11, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. gar

    Good job Mr. Prez. Please stick with non-controversial charities.....

    March 11, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Sheila

    If a Caucasian president donated money to a Caucasian-only college fund there would be an uproar. What's with the double standard?

    March 11, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Jessie

    He gave the money away because he realized he didn't deserve the award and felt guilty keeping it.

    March 11, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    Is ACORN on the list? How about Rev Wright's church?

    March 11, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Mark

    He has to donate that money it's the law. Only half of it is shown above, where did the rest go, Acorn?

    March 11, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. bellayuvia

    There just had to be a hater!!! Get over yourself, he is the President of the USA. Nothing you can do to change it....way to go Obama!!

    March 11, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Mark

    He has to donate that money it's the law. Only half of it is shown above, where did the rest go, Acorn?

    If Bush had donated to a whites only charity the media would be blaring that out 24 hours a day.

    March 11, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Dar

    Good man, thank you for helping the needy. I wish more people would give like this. This to me is a hand up for someone trying, not a hand out to someone who just doesnt care.

    March 11, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. MR

    Sheila – is there even a white kids only college fund? I guess if he were Catholic and gave it to Catholic Charities you'd slam him for that too. Pleeze!

    March 11, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. i never got a job from a poor guy or a liberal

    don't like barry and the award was a joke, but he did the right thing with the money.

    sniffit, liberals, only idiots like you and terrorists are eligable of the NPP.

    March 11, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Mark

    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.

    CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reports that the president is letting the Nobel Committee distribute the prize money according to his list of charities.

    March 11, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Brian

    Awesome move Mr President!

    March 11, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Demo

    Not bad at all. way to go Mr. P! Now thats unprecedented.

    March 11, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Daniel

    Sheila, I realize that, in many ways, the African-American-based programs do seem like a double-standard, but you have to realize that, due to many circumstances largely outside the control of non-whites (i.e. slavery, segregation, racism that still exists even today, etc.), it is often very difficult for non-whites to be able to afford college. Funds like this, in many ways, make up for the funding African-Americans were not able to receive until quite recently.

    Plus, the reason there isn't so much of a 'Caucasian-only' college fund is because, percentage-wise, Caucasians do not need nearly as much help affording college.

    March 11, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Kevin in Ohio

    @Sniffit March 11th, 2010 4:27 pm ET

    Let's see Bush do something like that.

    Oh wait, he didn't even win the Peace prize. i wonder why!

    I'll tell you why, Sniffit.... its because the left wing socialists in Europe are in love with Obama-types, just like you seem to be. Obama did NOTHING to earn that reward when he received it...and he has done NOTHING to earn it since. Idiots like you are going to be the death of this once-great country.

    March 11, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. John P.

    I'm no Obama supporter, but good for him.

    March 11, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Liz

    This just raises my already sky-high opinion of him. but the haters would figure out a way to slam him if he walked on water and raised the dead. and most of the idiots slamming him are the very people he's trying his best to help out of the mess the party they support put us in. go figure! proves that old saying that not all republicans are stupid but most stupid people are republicans.

    March 11, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. NH Mom

    Very well done Mr. President. We stand tall and proud with you in NH, ready for the second round.

    March 11, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. Mandy

    I'm really glad to see that we're putting party lines ahead of a person doing a generous thing.

    It's BOTH parties that are going to run this country into the ground by making everyone hateful and unwilling to work together.

    March 11, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Edna

    What a bunch of haters there are on this blog. I am so proud of our President. He contnues to show his generosity and his humanity towards the American people. It doesn't matter what he does, the haters will disrespect him. HE DESERVED THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. People greater than the haters deemed it so. He wouldn't say so, because he is such a modest man. Thank goodness he is head of our country and is working every day to solve the problems of the American people. Can you imagine what the international communty is thinking as they watch these disrespectful people who show such disrespect to the President of the United States? I AM SO PROUD OF YOU, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.

    March 11, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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