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These are exciting times at the O’Neill Foundation as we've fully unveiled and are implementing the four new grant programs you see below. We’ve undergone an important transition and re-imaginined our grantmaking programs to align with our new mission (scroll down to read it), increase the impact of our giving, and enhance our family’s involvement.
Responsive: Moving families and communities forward by building partnerships to respond to needs.
Family-Directed: Supporting organizations that reflect O’Neill diverse interests.*
Youth: Preparing the next generation of O’Neill philanthropists.*
Special Initiative: Leveraging resources with service.*
*Invitation-only grant programs, initiated by the family.
At its August 22, 2011 meeting the O'Neill Trustees voted to accept a new vision and mission for the Foundation:
Vision: Our vision is for strong communities where families thrive.
Mission: To partner with nonprofits to improve the quality of life for families and communities, in places where O'Neill family members live.
The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation is pleased to announce that 32 organizations were awarded grants during the second grant distribution of the Responsive Grantmaking program. Grants were made to non-profit agencies serving Annapolis/Baltimore, MD, New York, NY, Orlando, FL, Columbus, OH, Cleveland, OH, Washington, DC, Big Island, HI, and Richmond, VA. In total, $703,150 was awarded. Highlights from the grants made are the following projects:
• $50,000 special project grant to Boys Town Central Florida to offer in-home family services and Common Sense programming to families in Orange County, FL. The grant will allow Boys Town to expand its services for at risk families in the Orlando metropolitan area.
• $25,000 in general operating support to Washington DC’s Homeless Children’s Playtime Project. Recently featured in The Washington Post, Homeless Children’s Playtime Project utilizes volunteers to coordinate safe and supportive play to children in the District’s shelters.
• $20,000 special project grant to Kingsbridge Heights Community Center in New York, NY to implement their Kingsbridge Terrace Site NYC Play Street during the summer of 2013. Offered since 1914 all across New York City, the Play Street will offer safe and educational programming and activities for children will families while exposing them to the services and offerings of the community center.
• $30,000 in general operating for the Kahilu Theater on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Kahilu Theater offers quality arts experiences to an underserved rural area on the Big Island.
“As we get further into our Responsive Grantmaking program it is apparent that the non-profit community is really responding to our mission and vision to strengthen families and communities. The impact that these grants will potentially have on the communities and families served is right in line with the Foundation’s new mission and vision. We look forward to receiving the next set of requests in August,” stated Timothy M. McCue, Senior Program Officer.
Letters of Inquiry are next accepted on Friday, August 16th when the Foundation will begin due diligence on selected LOI’s with funding resulting in December 2013.
The complete list of grants awarded thus far in 2013 can be found under the menu tab: Grants 2013.