HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Iya Foundation Inc., an Edison based, NJ Non-Profit organization was awarded a $1,000 grant on July 29, by Wells Fargo to support the organization’s mission of promoting kidney disease and organ donation awareness, as well as financially assisting kidney failure patients.

The Iya Foundation aims to save lives by educating and raising awareness on chronic kidney disease and organ donation  as well as raise funds that benefit “in need” Kidney Failure patients. The Iya Foundation believes every individual deserves a second lease on life. Through our programs, and with the help of Public and Private Funds, we intend to fight kidney disease through education and awareness; that will encourage early detection; hence subsequently delay or prevent complete renal failure.

“At a time when donations from the public and private sectors are down due to the economy, we truly appreciate the support Wells Fargo has provided,” Iya Bekondo-Granatella, Founder, of The Iya Foundation said. “We will use this grant to implement kidney education and awareness programs, as well as assist kidney dialysis patients and clinics in developing countries.”

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The grant was awarded as part of Wells Fargo’s Community Connections program, which provides local branch managers the opportunity to make a $1,000 charitable contribution on behalf of Wells Fargo to a nonprofit of their choice.   

Wells Fargo’s 54 branches in the Southern New Jersey-Central Jersey area distributed a total of $54,000 in grants to support nonprofit groups - $1,000 for a nonprofit identified by each store manager.  

“Our local branches see which nonprofits are out in the community making a difference every day,” Linnette Shaver-Johnson, Wells Fargo’s Central Jersey area president said.  “We use this as an opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to The Iya Foundation for all of the value they have provided to our community over the past year.  

The Community Connections program offers Wells Fargo store managers the opportunity to provide additional grants to local nonprofits of their choice in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.   A total of $140,000 in Community Connections grants are slated to be distributed throughout the month of July in Southern New Jersey.

“Many of our Wells Fargo team members also volunteer or are impacted by The Iya Foundation in some way,” Kimberly Summey said. “We’re proud to help the nonprofits server our communities wherever we can.”