OVERVIEW: The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation invests in urban education in the cities in which its parent company maintains offices. Its community grants support local organizations and schools, and its relationship grants support larger organizations with funding and pro bono legal work.
IP TAKE: The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation prioritizes urban education in the cities where its parent company, a law firm, maintains offices. Its community grants, awarded in amounts up to $2,000, support local organizations and schools, while its larger relationship grants provide organizations with funding and legal support. This funder runs an online application program for community grants and accepts letters of inquiry early each year for 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 provide funding for the immediate needs of organizations that are at the "front lines" of education. In Providence, Rhode Island, Mount Pleasant High School used funding to purchase West African and Latin American musical instruments for use in a hands-on introductory music class. Another recipient, an elementary school in Ridgewood, New York, used a grant to purchase supportive technology for ESL classrooms. The foundation's relationship grants are geared toward larger organizations and, in addition to financial support, often involve pro bono legal work and volunteer efforts by Brown Rudnick employees. Recipients include Lifebeat! a U.K.-based organizations that offers group mentoring and summer camps for at-risk London teens, and Generation Citizen, a national program that brings civics education programs to public schools in the U.S.
Focusing specifically on urban education in the areas where its parent company maintains offices, Brown Rudnick is active in the metro areas of 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.
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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