AS220’s work is made possible through a combination of program-related earned income, private and government grants, corporate giving, and individual philanthropy. We are grateful to everyone who has supported our work. Below are current and recent grantors whose significant contributions have helped AS220 thrive.
The Ford Foundation Mission: We believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them.
We believe the best way to achieve these goals is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society. In our experience, such activities help build common understanding, enhance excellence, enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society.
We work mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. Since our financial resources are modest compared with societal needs, we focus on key problem areas and program strategies.
Created with gifts and bequests by Edsel and Henry Ford, the foundation is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, with its own board, and is entirely separate from the Ford Motor Company. The trustees of the foundation set policy and delegate authority to the president and senior staff for the foundation’s grant making and operations. Program officers in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America explore opportunities to pursue the foundation’s goals, formulate strategies and recommend proposals for funding.
The Kresge Foundation is a $3.1 billion private, national foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations through its support of nonprofit organizations working in its seven program areas: Arts and Culture, Community Development, Detroit, Education, the Environment, Health, and Human Services. In 2010, the Board of Trustees approved 481 awards totaling $158 million; $134 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year.
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities in the United States—communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.
For five generations, since 1917, the Foundation has been governed largely by descendants of John Andrus and has developed a tradition of innovative service for those in need of help or opportunity.
The Rhode Island Foundation was founded in 1916, is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country, and is the only community foundation serving the state of Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Foundation is a proactive community and philanthropic leader dedicated to meeting the needs of the people of Rhode Island. To advance this mission we:
- Actively inspire philanthropy and increase permanent resources for the state of Rhode Island
- Create maximum positive impact through our grantmaking, outreach and other investments in the community
- Provide leadership and a forum for dialogue on critical community issues
- Collaborate with individual, business, government and community partners to catalyze positive change and develop solutions to longstanding challenges
Established in 1967, the RI State Council on the Arts is charged by the state legislature to stimulate public interest and participation in the arts and to serve as the liaison to the state arts community. As set forth in the General Laws of Rhode Island, it is the responsibility of the Arts Council to:
- Stimulate the growth of the state’s arts and the public’s participation in them
- Survey and assess the needs of the arts state-wide, and to make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly
- Provide educational opportunities in the arts
- Actively support and encourage the expansion of the state’s cultural resources
- Promote and protect freedom of artistic expression
To meet its legislative mandate, the Arts Council administers competitive grants to RI artists, non-profit organizations, schools and units of municipal and state governments. In addition to grants, the Arts Council provides technical assistance, information services, a slide registry, and partnerships.
The mission of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is to inspire and support intellectual curiosity and imagination is all Rhode Islanders. Founded in 1973, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. As a non-profit 501(c)3, the Council receives funding from Federal, State, and private sources.
The founding purpose of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, which remains largely unchanged today, is to promote public understanding and appreciation of the tradition of thought and accomplishment that we call the humanities. Our work is based on the conviction that history, literature, philosophy, civics, the arts and other fields of the humanities are central not only to formal education, but to the daily lives of free and diverse people.
Since 1973, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities has awarded over $6.6 million in grants to support more than 500 organizations, from daycares to colleges and universities, throughout the state of Rhode Island. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders have participated in Council-funded activities, including lectures, workshops, exhibitions, walking-tours, oral histories, documentary films and many more.
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.
When NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman makes the case for investing in the arts, he uses just two words that have three meanings: Art works.
- Art works first refers to works of art themselves: the performances, objects, and texts that are the creation of artists.
- Art works reminds us of the ways that art works on audiences to change, confront, challenge, and inspire us; to allow us to imagine and to aspire to something more.
- Art works is a declaration that with two million full-time artists and 5.7 million arts-related jobs in this country, arts jobs are real jobs that are part of the real economy. Art workers pay taxes, and art contributes to economic growth, neighborhood revitalization, and the livability of American towns and cities.
Those three elements the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and art as work together are the intrinsic value of the arts.
Rhode Island’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Initiative (RI 21st CCLC) is a federally funded program to develop and sustain high quality after school and summer programs that provide students with academic support and enrichment and school engagement opportunities designed to complement their regular academic program.
The 21st CCLC program was established by Congress to award grants to rural and inner-city public schools, or consortia of such schools, to enable them to plan, implement or expand projects that benefit the educational, health, social services, cultural and recreational needs of the community. This U.S. Department of Education program has grown from $40 million in 1998 to $1.31 billion in 2009, and it has contributed greatly to the expansion of formal after-school programming in the United States.
The Rhode Island Department of Education provides funds to support the development of high quality after school and summer programs through a competitive process, that prioritizes high poverty populations and under-performing schools. All 21st CCLCs must demonstrate a partnership between the target school(s) and a community or faith based organization. RIDE currently supports after school and summer programs in 65 elementary, middle and high schools, serving almost 10,000 students each year. The funded programs operate before and after school programs, school vacation week programs, and summer programs.
RIDCYF was established by the state legislature in 1980 by merging children’s programs previously administered by 4 different state agencies. The Director of DCYF is also a member of the RI Children’s Cabinet, which addresses cross-departmental issues relating to children’s needs and services. We are one of a small group of states that integrate the 3 major public responsibilities for troubled children, youth and families in one agency: Child Welfare, Children’s Behavioral Health, and Juvenile Corrections.
The DCYF Mission: It is the mission of DCYF to assist families with their primary responsibility to raise their children to become productive members of society. We recognize our obligations to promote, safeguard and protect the overall well-being of culturally diverse children, youth and families and the communities in which they live through a partnership with families, communities and government.
The Nordson Corporation Foundation consolidates philanthropic resources dedicated by Nordson Corporation to address community needs. The Nordson Corporation Foundation operates on the belief that business, as a corporate citizen, has a social responsibility to share its success with the communities where it operates and draws employees. Since 1989, the Foundation has awarded nearly $40 million in grants.
The Nordson Corporation Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our communities by improving educational outcomes that enable individuals to become self-sufficient, active participants in the community.
June Rockwell Levy and Austin T. Levy did wonderful things for many people during their lives; and through the June Rockwell Levy Foundation, will continue to do so in perpetuity.
Austin Levy and his wife, artist and community leader June Rockwell Levy were among the most philanthropic Rhode Islanders of the 20th century. Their legacy is embodied in the June Rockwell Levy (JRL) Foundation, which has granted millions of dollars since its establishment in 1947. In its long history of grantmaking, the JRL Foundation has touched virtually every Rhode Island hospital, college and university, as well as United Way of Rhode Island, Community Preparatory School, San Miguel School, Lincoln School, and the Stadium Theatre, among other diverse institutions