TOMMY PHILANTHROPY: The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation has earmarked $1.2 million in non-profit funding grants for 2012. Most of the money will go toward at risk youth and families, autism awareness and research, and education. Major funding will be extended to Autism Speaks, The Night of Too Many Stars/New York Collaborates for Autism, Fresh Air Fund, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Jumpstart for Youth Children, EOP/Ernie Davis Community Center (located in Hilfiger’s hometown of Elmira, N.Y.) and Helen Keller International. The foundation will also award grants to FIT, the YMCA of New York and the Center for Hearing and Communication.
Hilfiger will also continue its support of three other charities with which it has a long-standing relationship, namely Milennium Promise, dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty in Africa; Breast Health International, an organization committed to finding a cure for breast cancer, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation.