2016-02-04 / News Briefs

Foundation Awards 72 Grants, $4.5M

The van Beuren Charitable Foundation announced that 72 grants totaling $4.5 million were made in 2015 to improve the quality of life and quality of place in Newport County. Since its founding in 1986 by John A. van Beuren and Hope H. van Beuren, their foundation has granted more than $66 million to Rhode Island organizations.

“When my husband and I started this foundation 30 years ago we were investing in the community’s future. That remains the nature of our family’s philanthropy today,” said Hope “Happy” van Beuren, Chair.

“Especially gratifying in this year’s portfolio is that an overwhelming majority of the grants are genuine community partnerships; organizations coming together to create positive change and opportunity,” stated Elizabeth R. Lynn, executive director. “It’s our pleasure to be part of those partnerships.”

The van Beuren Charitable Foundation is a family philanthropy primarily supporting organizations active in Newport County that advance the foundation’s program priorities in the following three areas: landscapes and the built environment, education and health. Many of the grants have a fiscal sponsor due to the collaborative nature of the project.

In the category of landscapes and the built environment, 24 grants were awarded totaling $1,766,398. In the education category, 20 organizations were awarded 24 grants totaling $1,337,256. Thirteen health-oriented grants were given in the sum of $911,505. An additional $531,000 was given for non-categorical purposes. Lastly, five grants, $29,800 were given for special projects/ leadership coaching. A list of the foundation’s 2015 grants can be found on vbcfoundation.org.

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