By ESPN Staff September 28, 2018 12:10:00The LDS Church will provide a total of $50 million to a Catholic charity in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Omaha World Herald reports that the donation comes as part of the $1.3 billion “KIDS ONLINE” initiative that began last year.
The total includes $15 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development and $5 million from an unnamed donor.
The donations come as the LDS church and other religious organizations work together to promote a new program called “KID ONLINE,” which aims to increase the adoption of children in poverty.
The program offers free, family-focused services, such as parenting classes, in schools and other places that are not currently offering them.
“We have a very high-profile, high-volume problem with the issue of child poverty in the United States, and we have to get that problem addressed in a way that does not stigmatize families who are in the midst of the crisis,” LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson said in a recent speech.
“As a result of this initiative, we’re able to provide a significant amount of resources and assistance to children and families in crisis and those families have not received a penny.”
The church is working with a number of nonprofits and faith-based organizations to bring the program to a greater number of localities.
For instance, the Omaha World-Herald reports that it received $15.8 million from Utah-based Lutheran Social Services to expand its KIDS onLINE program in the city.
The other major donor is the LDS National Religious Foundation.
The organization received $50.2 million in federal funding for its “Kidd Online” program, according to the Associated Press.
The LDS organization has partnered with other faith-affiliated groups in the past, including the American Association of University Women and the National Catholic Association.
The money is being used to expand the program in other locales as well.
“These funds will support an expansion of our KIDS Online program across the United Sates,” the LDS statement said.