For over a decade, the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation has awarded annual Relationship Grants to tax-exempt organizations for programs designed to improve inner-city education in a city where Brown Rudnick has domestic offices. These annual grants seek to improve inner-city education by forming a relationship with a non-profit organization that optimally includes providing financial support, pro bono legal representation and volunteer time. Grantees are selected annually based upon a rigorous review of grant applications. These grants have helped to launch, sustain and grow dozens of successful programs and organizations during the past ten years.
Letters of Interest for the 2017-2018 will be solicited in April, 2017. Thank you in advance for your interest and time.
In June, the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Directors approved the award of eleven Relationship Grants for the 2016-17 academic year. These grants, which commence on September 1, 2017, were awarded in Boston, Hartford, New York, Providence, Washington, DC, London and Orange County. The Foundation is pleased to award this year’s grants to:
Relationship Grant Recipients
Fourth year grant recipient, LIFEbeat is a UK charity providing transformational learning experiences for teenagers. The grant will provide this by supporting group mentoring and summer camps.
Thompson Island Outward Bound
This long-time grant recipient will use the 2016-2017 grant to support its “Connections” education program for Boston public school students.
Developed in collaboration with the National Park Service, Connections enhances academic learning and social competence by challenging students to learn in new ways through in-school classroom activities revolving around field experiences on Thompson Island.
Arts & Business Council Of Greater Boston / Vla
Long-time grant recipient will use grant to continue Brown Rudnick Holiday Art Contest & Teen Art Law program in Boston public schools and, to continue for second year, the Corporate Art Lending Program where public school student art is loaned to businesses.
Brown Rudnick provides pro bono legal representation to low-income artists referred by the Arts & Business Council. Learn more about the Brown Rudnick/VLA relationship in this feature video.
East Boston High School
This fourth year grant recipient will use grant dollars for a scientific literacy program at the school through curriculum enhancements and science fairs.
Hull Lifesaving Museum / College Bound Dorchester
A grantee for the seventh consecutive year, this organization will use the grant to support its Maritime Apprentice Program which serves an older, high-risk population in Boston through work and education programs. In March of 2015, this program was transitioned to College Bound Dorchester.
This third time grant recipient will use funds for educating about and connecting disadvantaged youth to the arts.
The Mark Twain House & Museum
This fifth-year grant recipient will use grant funds to continue a pilot summer reading and writing program based on “Huck Finn” for 10th graders as part of a six-week summer learning academy at the museum for students from the Hartford Capital Preparatory Magnet School.
University Of California, Irvine
ORANGE COUNTY, CA
Third time grantee will use funds to support a portion of the Saturday Academy of Law, a program offered to disadvantaged, high-achieving 9th grade students from Santa Ana, CA school district. Our grant (and volunteer work) would provide coordination and support for education about the law, and support for UCI law student led "pro bono fair".
The New York City Urban Debate League
NEW YORK, NY
As a seventh-year grantee, this organization will use the 2016-2017 grant to support its award-winning debate team, now expanding city wide. Brown Rudnick provides pro bono counsel in support of this expansion.
Ready To Learn Providence / Providence Plan
The grant will continue support for this long-time grant recipient, specifically for its successful early learning program which works with libraries, head start programs and family day care centers throughout the city to ensure that young children arrive at school healthy and ready to learn. Grant funds provide essential matching dollars to secure federal AmeriCorps volunteers.
Brown Rudnick provides general counsel services to the Providence Plan on a pro bono basis.
United States Capitol Historical Society
The grant will provide a seventh year of support for historical and educational programming in Washington, D.C. middle schools which connects in-class teaching about the Constitution with the student “We the People Constitution Tour” of the nation’s Capitol. Additionally, the grant will fund the Brown Rudnick created “Constitutional Challenge” essay contest for students who took the tour.
Century High School
SANTA ANA, CA
The grant will provide a second year of support for The Brown Rudnick Higher Education Achievement Project to serve all Century high schools students regardless of grade-level and incorporate participation in post graduate planning at the very start of high school.
Hartford Public Library
The grant will provide a second year of support for the Leap Into Learning—Providers Teaching Parents Program.