January 4, 2007

Grants total more than $1 million worldwide to children’s organizations worldwide


El Segundo, Calif., January 4, 2007 – As part of its ongoing commitment to

children and families around the world, the Mattel Children’s Foundation has

awarded 42 grants in 38 countries totaling more than $1 million under its

International Grants Program, including 21 grants totaling $525,000 in Europe in 2006.

"The Mattel Children’s Foundation is pleased that we can bring joy to children

in need throughout Europe and around the world," said Deidre Lind, Executive

Director of the Mattel Children’s Foundation and Mattel philanthropy programs.

"It is our philanthropic mission to make a meaningful difference in the lives of

children in need and we believe it is especially important to support

organizations that directly serve children through our grant funding."

The Mattel Children’s Foundation International Grants Program awards grants to

charitable organizations that directly assist children in need and support

Mattel’s philanthropic priorities of building literacy and educational

opportunities, supporting children’s well being and building girls’ self-esteem

and empowerment.

– In France, the Mattel Children’s Foundation gave $25,000 to Enfance et

Partage, an organization created over 30 years ago to protect children from

violence and advocate for children impacted by violence. The funding will

support the Allo Parents Bébé program which provides phone support free of

charge to parents.

– For the second year in a row, the Foundation’s grant in Germany was awarded

to IFB’s Käenguru program to support the construction of a unique petting zoo

designed for autistic and other children with difficulty communicating.

– The Foundation’s grant to Cliniclowns in Belgium provides clowns to

children’s hospitals, bringing some fun and relief to children facing serious

health challenges.

In addition to Belgium, France and Germany, grants were distributed in: Austria,

Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, the

Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United

Kingdom. Please see the attached for a full list of the international grants

made across Europe and around the world in 2006.

For more information on the Mattel Children’s Foundation International Grants

Program in 2007, please log on to

About the Mattel Children’s Foundation

The Mattel Children’s Foundation was established in 1978. With a vision of

"making a meaningful difference, one child at a time," the Foundation provides

cash grants through domestic and international grantmaking programs, as well as

international scholarships to children of employees, matching gifts and

volunteer grants for Mattel employees. In addition, the Foundation continues its

tradition of partnering with exemplary nonprofit partners. Mattel has partnered

with Special Olympics, Save the Children, the Mattel Children’s Hospital at

UCLA, the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions

(NACHRI) and the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF). The Mattel

Children’s Foundation is funded exclusively by cash donations from Mattel, Inc.

About Mattel

Mattel, Inc., (NYSE: MAT, is the worldwide leader in the design,

manufacture and marketing of toys and family products, including Barbie(R), the

most popular fashion doll ever introduced. Mattel continues to dedicate more

than 2% of its pretax profit to charitable efforts, including product donations

and grant making activities. The Mattel family is comprised of such

best-selling brands as Hot Wheels(R), Matchbox(R), American Girl(R), Radica(R)

and Tyco(R) R/C, as well as Fisher-Price(R) brands (,

including Little People(R), Rescue Heroes(R), Power Wheels(R) and a wide array

of entertainment-inspired toy lines. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo,

Calif., Mattel employs more than the 30,000 people in 42 countries and sells

products in more than 150 nations throughout the world. Mattel’s vision is to be

the world’s premier toy brands — today and tomorrow.

2006 International Grants Program Europe

Medical University of Vienna – Pediatrics

AUSTRIA ClinicClowns

BELGIUM Tereza Maxová Foundation

CZECH REPUBLIC Hans Christian Andersen Children’s Hospital, Odense University Hospital

DENMARK University Children’s Hospitals (Association of Friends)

FINLAND Association Théodora

FRANCE Enfance et Partage (Children & Sharing)

FRANCE Sylvie Vartan Association for Underprivileged Children

FRANCE IFB – Interestgroup for the Hindered: Käenguru

GERMANY Make A Wish Foundation

GREECE Make A Wish Foundation

HOLLAND SOS Children’s Villages

HUNGARY Associazione Nazionale per la Difesa Fanciulllezza Abbandonata (National Association for the Abused & Neglected Children)

ITALY Stichting Vrienden Slowaakse Jeugd Foundation for the Friends of Slovak Youth)

NETHERLANDS The Association in Support of Contemporary Living

NETHERLANDS/ TURKEY Radiumhospitalet (Hospital for Children with Cancer)

NORWAY Fundacja Spelnionych Marzen (Fulfilled Dreams Fund)

POLAND Centro de Ocupacão Infantil

PORTUGAL ACIM – Associacio Catalana per la Infancia Maltractada

SPAIN Riksförbundet BRIS (Children’s Rights Society)

SWEDEN Thames Valley Adventure Playground


2006 International Grants Program Countries Outside of Europe

Fundación Crear Vale La Pena

ARGENTINA Casa da Paz (House of Peace)

BRAZIL Theresa Group

CANADA SOS Children’s Villages

CHILE Guangdong Charity Foundation

CHINA Fundación Dar Amor/Fundamor – Bogotá

COLOMBIA Hospicio de Huerfanos de San Jose (Orphans Hospice)

COSTA RICA Hans Andersen Club

HONG KONG Playright Children’s Play Association

HONG KONG Impact India Foundation

INDIA Yayasan Sarana Pengembangan Kota (City Development Foundation) – Cikarang

INDONESIA Ujima Foundation

KENYA Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Daerah Seberang (Vallalar Mandram Orphanage)

MALAYSIA Boys & Girls Clubs of Mexico A.C.

MEXICO (Tijuana) Ser Humano

MEXICO Nastenka Hactehbka (Nastenka Foundation Helping Children with Cancer)

RUSSIA NOAH (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity)

SOUTH AFRICA Rong Rien Khong Noo/Chankajorn Co. (My School)

THAILAND Association for the Support of Contemporary Living

TURKEY Pedia HIVeDucation (HEALTHeFoundation)

UGANDA Fundacion Autismo en Voz Alta (Autism Foundation)



Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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