What Has the Orville W. Forté Charitable Foundation Been Supporting in Boston Lately?

The Orville W. Forté Charitable Foundation is a single-focus funder with a specific geographic region on its mind. This funder has one annual grant cycle per year and is committed to organizations that serve disadvantaged youth in Boston.

Based on the most recent grants awarded, here is what OWFCF has been most concerned with at the local level.

Youth Education

Perhaps the biggest cause for OWFCF lately is education. One recent grantee is the Bellesini Academy, which received $10,000 in program support in 2015. Bellesini is a girls’ school for students in grades five through eight in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Another recent education grantee was Breakthrough Greater Boston, which also received $10,000, but for general operating support. This is a year-round, tuition-free program that offers six years of academically intensive, out-of-school time services to motivated yet underserved middle and high school students in Greater Boston.

Other education grantees include the Community Education Center, Epiphany School, Cristo Rey Boston High School, North Bennet Street School and College Bound Dorchester.

Youth Music

Through grantmaking, OWFCF has shown that it believes in the power of youth development through music. For example, the funder provided two grants to the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras—one for $5,000 in program support and the other for $10,000 in general operating support.

Foster Youth

Foster youth is also an area of concern for OWFCF. For example, the funder recently made a grant to the MA Adoption Resource Exchange for general operating support. This local organization works to find permanent homes for children in foster care, especially sibling groups and kids who are more difficult to page. This particular grant was $5,000, about average for OWFCF grants.

In 2015, youth program grants of all types ranged from $2,500 to $10,000. The 2016 applications were due on February 15, so you’ll have to wait until next year if you’re a first-time grantseeker. By the way, this funder requests that applicants just use the Associated Grant Makers Common Proposal Form when applying. Stay tuned to learn more about the next round of OWFCF grantees when they’re announced this fall.

To learn more about this funder, check out IP’s full profile, Orville W. Forté Charitable Foundation: Boston Grants. You can contact the board of directors and grants committee by emailing info@owfortefdn.org