The Lynch Foundation is a great local funder to know because its grantmaking stays in the Greater Boston area. Hands down, the biggest part of Lynch’s grantmaking is education. The founding couple both came from modest upbringings, attended public school and went to college on scholarships. Education was always important to them, and this dedication is still reflected in their foundation’s grantmaking today.
Just take a look at the list of 2015 Lynch grantees to see how education-heavy last year’s grantmaking really was. These are a few of the education causes that Lynch has recently supported in Boston.
- Boston Educational Development Foundation: BPS Human Capital Initiative
- Urban Catholic Teacher Corps
- Boston Schools Fund
- Parents Alliance for Catholic Education
As you can see, there is a nice mix of support for public school education and Catholic education here. Not only does the foundation support Catholic education as part of its strategy, but also general religious efforts of the Roman Catholic Church. An example of this type of grantee is the Papal Foundation, which awards grants and scholarships to build the Church, educate and prepare leaders, and care for vulnerable people around the world.
Over the years, the Lynch Foundation has contributed to causes in the fields of education, cultural and historic preservation, healthcare and medical research, as well as the religious and education efforts of the Roman Catholic Church. These other causes don’t typically see as much support as education groups do, however, Boston area nonprofits can still submit an initial concept paper to the foundation for any of these causes at any time of the year. Examples of other causes Lynch has supported include WGBH, Boston’s public radio station; the Peabody Essex Museum of art and culture from New England; and InnerCity Weightlifting, which connects at-risk youth to positive opportunities to reduce violence.
This is a local funder that provides a little bit of everything for grantseekers: challenge grants, multi-year grants, capacity-building grants, program grants and operating grants, and endowment grants. And it prefers to support long-term plans rather than emergency needs or quick fixes.
To learn more about this funder, check out the foundation’s How to Apply page and IP’s full profile, The Lynch Foundation: Boston Grants. Or reach out to the funder’s operations manager, Victoria Forman Prudden, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with specific questions.