Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of its namesake law firm, is committed to supporting education in cities where its parent law firm maintains practices.

IP TAKE: Focusing exclusively on education, this funder awards community grants in amounts up to $2,000 for immediate needs. Its larger relationship grants often involve probono legal work and volunteer efforts in addition to funding. The foundation accepts applications for its community grants and letters of inquiry regarding its relationship grants.

PROFILE:  The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Brown Rudnick LLC, an international business law firm headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. The foundation aims to "make positive social change" through investment in urban education in the cities where it maintains law offices. Brown Rudnick runs two separate funding lines; its community grants support local organizations and schools, and its relationship grants maintain partnerships with larger organizations. 

Brown Rudnick's community grants generally address "a specific, one-time, tangible, and immediate need" and are director toward organizations operating on the "'front lines' of education." In Providence, Rhode Island, for example a local Head Start program used funding to replace "learning materials destroyed by vandalism." The foundation's relationship grants aim to improve education in the cities where Brown Rudnick maintains offices through funding, pro bono legal representation and volunteering. One relationship grant recipient is the Hartford, Connecticut Public Library, which used funding to provide early literacy training and resources to local home daycare operations. Another grantee, Horizons for Homeless Children, runs high quality early childhood education programs and play groups and provides parent support and advocacy to homeless families in Massachusetts.

Focusing specifically on the areas where its parent company maintains offices, Brown Rudnick is active in Boston, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; Hartford, Connecticut; Washington, D.C.; Orange County, California; New York City and London. Organizations operating nationally have also been funded. Descriptions of grantees are available on the community grants and relationship grants pages of the foundation's website. Community grants are awarded in amounts up to $2,000 to local schools and organizations, while relationship grants are generally larger.

The foundation runs an ongoing, open application process for its community grants. Application for relationship grants is by invitation, but letters of inquiry are accepted early each year.


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