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The Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope was created by Janet Perna and Melanie Rose, both retired IBM executives.

Janet, having come from a middle income family in NY State and graduating from a NY state college, went on to enjoy a highly successful career in the corporate world. This Foundation is one of the ways she is "giving back" to the community.

Melanie wanted to find a way upon retirement to give back in thanks for her fulfilling career and experience at IBM. Participating in the funding for this foundation helped her achieve this goal.

The purpose of the foundation is to provide funding to domestic and international organizations which:

  • Help people attain or regain self-sufficiency by providing education, food, clothing, shelter, health and well being  and by supporting micro-businesses
  • Support initiatives in animal welfare 

The foundation assists organizations committed to improving communities in a sustainable way. We support organizations which teach people "how to fish" and, in some cases, we support the fish!

Since inception in 2009, the Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope has donated $1,579,729 to deserving non-profits.

Click on this link to see our most recent IRS 990-PF filing.
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