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news: Press Release 2014: September 15:Grants



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Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Awards 11 New
Relationship Grants for 2014-15

Foundation awards first grant in Orange County to improve inner-city education

Boston, MA, September 15, 2014 – The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a non-profit, tax-exempt entity established by Brown Rudnick LLP, announces the recipients of its 2014-15 Relationship Grants program. In all, the Foundation awarded 11 grants totaling over $200,000 dollars to non-profit organizations in Boston; Harford; Orange County, California; Providence; London, U.K.; New York City; and Washington, D.C. These grants, which support inner-city education programs, commence with the current academic year.

Following the expansion of its educational grants program to Orange County, California earlier this year, the Foundation awarded its first-ever Relationship Grant to the University Of California, Irvine 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. The grant, coupled with the firm’s volunteer work, will provide coordination and support for education about the law, and support for a UCI law student-led "pro bono fair.”

Another first-time Relationship Grant recipient is London’s Mousetrap Theatre Projects, a theater education charity dedicated to bringing the magic of theater into the lives of young people. The grant will be used for educating and connecting disadvantaged youth to the arts.

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

1. East Boston High School (Boston) to increase scientific literacy at East Boston High School through curriculum enhancements and inter-school programing.

2. Thompson Island Outward Bound (Boston) to support the Connections science education program for Boston public school students.

3. Hull Lifesaving Museum (Boston) to support the Maritime Apprentice Program serving older, high-risk population through a work & education program.

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

5. The Mark Twain House & Museum (Hartford) to continue a summer reading and writing program at the museum for 10th graders as part of Capital Prep’s 6-week summer academy.
6. The NYC Urban Debate League (New York) to support the award-winning debate program for NYC students now expanded city-wide.

7. Ready to Learn Providence/Providence Plan (Providence) to support AmeriCorps Volunteers working on the early-learning child literacy program, Ready2Learn. Brown Rudnick also provides general counsel representation to the Providence Plan on a pro bono basis.

8. United States Capitol Historical Society (Washington, D.C.) to support the We, the People Constitutional program which educates D.C. public middle school students through historical tours and classroom lessons, and to continue the Constitutional Challenge essay contest that Brown Rudnick helped to create through this relationship.

9. LifeBeat (London) for group mentoring and summer camp program that support the charity’s transformational learning programs for inner-city teenagers.

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 tax-exempt 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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