Hasbro Children's Fund: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Hasbro Children's Fund supports children's causes in the areas where it operates in the U.S. and abroad.

IP TAKE: The Hasbro Children's fund supports early childhood education, prioritizing research, advocacy and programs for special needs children. The fund mainly serves the areas where its parent company operates. This funder does not accept grant applications.

PROFILE: Based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the Hasbro Children's Fund is the philanthropic offshoot of Hasbro Inc, a global toy and entertainment company. The fund invests in children's programs in the cities and towns where its parent company operates. Its priorities are stability for children in crisis, physical and mental health, security against hunger, education, out-of-school programming and the empowerment of youth through service. The fund's parent company also runs donation and employee volunteering programs. 

Support for early childhood education is directed toward research and advocacy programs in the areas where Hasbro operates and programming for special needs children. One grantee, Rhode Island Kids Count, collects data and disseminates information pertinent to public programming for children and families, including information about early childhood programs and their effectiveness in reducing achievement gaps in elementary school. In Renton, Washington, the fund has supported Kindering, an organization that provides evaluations, early intervention and early learning programming for preschoolers with special needs. Hasbro Children's Fund also supports several organizations in nations other than the U.S. where it does business; in Sydney, Australia, it has invested in Giant Steps, a school for children and adults with autism. 

In the United States, the fund supports projects in Boulder, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Renton, Washington and the state of Rhode Island. Internationally, it has funded projects and organizations in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, U.K., Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Taiwan. Lists of U.S. and international grantees are available at Hasbro's website. 

The Hasbro Children's Fund does not currently accept applications for grants but encourages grantseekers to check the Hasbro Children's Fund website for status changes.


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