Last week, the Military Spouse JD Foundation was awarded a grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. The award is part of “Honoring Those Who Serve,” Newman’s Own Foundation’s initiative to support United States military men, women, and families, and was made in recognition of the Military Spouse JD Foundation’s work to make a legal career more compatible with the military lifestyle. Other award recipients include Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Team Rubicon, Fisher House Foundation, National Military Family Association, Operation Homefront, and others.

MSJDF was also selected to compete for additional funds through the Honoring Those Who Serve Challenge at Newman’s Own Foundation is providing an additional $180,000 in grants to pre-selected military service nonprofits through a crowdfunding site. This fundraising campaign will continue through the month of October.

“MSJDF is delighted and honored to receive this grant,” said Mary Reding, MSJDF President. “This will allow us to bring valuable services to our members and the military community.” MSJDF plans to utilize its grant to support its online infrastructure, including an enhanced website with tools for virtual networking and webcast CLE programs for MSJDN members and resources for military families with legal questions.

“There is no greater sacrifice than serving and defending our country,” said Robert Forrester, Newman’s Own Foundation President and CEO. “More service men and women are surviving injuries and coming home with serious wounds and conditions, so we are making a significant grant commitment to help meet the increased needs. We are pleased to award a grant to the Military Spouse JD Foundation as they endeavor to make a difference in the lives of our veterans and their families.”

Paul Newman, the actor and philanthropist who founded Newman’s Own, passed away on September 26, 2008. Now, five years later, his legacy continues as Newman’s Own continues to give away 100% of the profits and royalties from the sale of its food products to charity. Since the company’s founding in 1982, over $380 million has been donated to thousands of organizations, with $125 million having been donated in the past five years alone.