Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation

OVERVIEW: Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation is committed to the Greater Boston area and primarily funds fellowships and scholarships for medical research and public policy. The foundation also funds art prizes for emerging and promising contemporary artists and music composers. 

FUNDING AREAS: Public policy, neurological and mental illness, medical research, art

IP TAKE: The Rappaport Foundation does not publicize an open request for proposals or accept unsolicited grant requests from nonprofits. However, it is committed pretty exclusively to the Boston metropolitan area and looking to strengthen local leadership. 

PROFILE: Established in 1997, the Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation is the foundation of Jerome “Jerry” Rappaport and his wife, Phyllis. Although Jerry was a native New Yorker, he spent his adult life in Boston and remained committed to the goal of shaping a better future for the people of Boston. This political activist, real-estate developer, and philanthropist served in the John Hynes Mayoral administration and created the New Boston Committee in 1950. He worked in policy-level public service and as an attorney before creating the New Boston Fund in 1993, which owns, develops, and operates over 15 million square feet of office, research and development, warehouse, and residential real estate. The foundation’s grantmaking interests are public policy, neurological and mental illness, medical research, and art.

The Rappaport Foundation’s strongest partnerships are with Harvard University, Suffolk Law School, Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Cure Alzheimer's Fund, and the DeCordova Sculpture Park & Art Museum. In the policy realm, the Rappaport Foundation supports non-partisan research related to public issues like housing, transportation, education, crime prevention. It also supports initiatives that connect political leaders to industry experts and in innovators in academia. Rappaport offers a Public Policy Fellowship and Policy and Law Fellowship Program for graduate-level students where fellows spend 10 weeks working in state and local government offices in the Greater Boston area. Also, the Rappaport Foundation commits a significant portion of its assets to research for neurologic and mental health diseases. Rappaport funds a fellowship at McLean Hospital, a research scholarship at Massachusetts General Hospital, a scholars’ fund at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and contributes to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. The Rappaport Foundation supports the arts because of the way they influence life in Boston, much like policy and research do. With a focus on contemporary art, the foundation seeks inspiration and appreciation for artists in the region today. It funds the Rappaport Prize an annual art award presented by the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

Total foundation giving has been approximately $500,000 to $700,000 in recent years. Learn more about this funder’s past support by visiting its website. This foundation is committed to the Greater Boston area. The foundation does not publicize its grantmaking guidelines.

Also, this foundation does not typically accept unsolicited funding requests. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 617-858-7755 or via online form.


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