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Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Announces 2013-14 Relationship Grant Recipients

Foundation awards over $200,000 dollars in grants to improve inner-city education


Boston, MA, September 9, 2013 – The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a non-profit, tax-exempt entity established by Brown Rudnick LLP, announces the recipients of its 2013-14 Relationship Grants program. In all, the Foundation awarded 11 grants totaling over $200,000 dollars to non-profit organizations in Boston, Harford, Providence, London, New York and Washington DC. These grants, which support inner-city education programs, commence with the current academic year.

Following the expansion of its educational grants program to London, the Foundation awarded its first-ever Relationship Grant to LIFEbeat Arts Practice Training, a UK charity providing transformational learning experiences for teenagers. The grant will be used specifically to support mentoring and summer camps.

In addition to LIFEbeat, there were two other first-time Relationship Grant recipients in the states:

1. East Boston High School for a scientific literacy program at the school through curriculum enhancements and science fairs.

2. Massachusetts Bar Association – Mock Trial Program to give Boston High School students an opportunity to experience hands on learning regarding court system,  law and role of the legal system in their communities.

The Foundation also awarded new one-year grants to a number of longtime grant recipients including:

1. Thompson Island Outward Bound to support the Connections education program for Boston public school students.

2. Hull Lifesaving Museum to support the Maritime Apprentice Program serving older, high-risk population in Boston through work and education program.

3. Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston to continue the popular Brown Rudnick Holiday Art Contest and Teen Art Law program in Boston public schools and, for the Corporate Art Lending Program where public school student art is loaned to businesses.

4. The Mark Twain House & Museum to continue its summer reading and writing program at the museum in Hartford for 10th graders as part of Capital Prep’s 6-week summer academy.

5. The Village for Families & Children to support GED program participation by low-income, unwed parents in Hartford.

6. The New York City Urban Debate League in support of this award-winning debate program which is expanding city-wide.

7. Ready to Learn Providence/Providence Plan to support AmeriCorps Volunteers working on early child literacy programs.

8. United States Capitol Historical Society to support the We, the People Constitutional Program which educates D.C. public school students through historical tours and classroom lessons, underscored by the Constitutional Challenge essay contest Brown Rudnick created through this relationship.

For over a decade, the Foundation has been awarding annual Relationship Grants to tax-exempt organizations for programs designed to improve inner-city education in a city where Brown Rudnick has offices.  These annual grants seek to improve inner-city education by forming a relationship with a non-profit organization. While financial support is the gateway to the relationship, the Foundation is also interested in ways in which the mission and work of the organizations may capture the interest and energy of the Foundation Board and of the Brown Rudnick lawyers and staff.

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