Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of its namesake law firm and is committed to supporting education in the inner-city communities in which the firm has a presence.

FOCUS AREAS: Education, community needs

IP TAKE: This foundation tends to award the largest grants to the familiar nonprofits but also supports small community programs with lesser grants.

PROFILE: Established in 2001, the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Brown Rudnick LLC, an international law firm focused on business law that has its headquarters in Boston and additional U.S. offices in Hartford, New York City, Orange County, California, Providence, and Washington, D.C. The foundation aims to “make grants which bring energy and interest of Brown Rudnick volunteers together with opportunities and resources to create positive social change.” Foundation interests areas are mostly education but also other community needs.

The funds going to Boston groups are mostly all in the realm of education, with K-12 education at the forefront across an impressively wide range of subject areas, needs and types of activities. The foundation also supports early childhood education at the local level. This support of education flows through the foundation's commitment to creating positive social change by supporting inner-city education. It does this through both its Relationship Grants and Community Grants programs. Relationship Grants involve multi-year recipients and are often awarded to nonprofits rather than individual schools or school districts. Meanwhile, Community Grants are more modest in size and contribute to improving inner-city education in the communities where employees live and work. Past grantees include East Boston High School, Thompson Island Outward Bound, and the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston.

Relationship Grants often range from $10,000 to $20,000, while Community Grants are $2,000 or less. View past grant recipients on the grant program pages linked above. Geographically, this foundation supports organizations in Boston, Providence, Hartford, New York, Washington, D.C., Orange County and London (UK).

This foundation accepts unsolicited letters of interest from nonprofits at select times of the year for Relationship Grants and online applications for Community Grants. Direct general questions to the foundation staff via online form.


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