2020 Grant Recipients

Academy of the Pacific Rim

Boston, MA

Amount granted: $45,000

Grant year: 2020

Grant category: Education


To provide emergency support for the school to address food insecurity, access to technology and micro-grants to alumni in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Academy of the Pacific Rim (APR) is a charter public school serving 540 students in grades 5-12 in Hyde Park, a neighborhood in Boston. Its mission is to “empower students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds to achieve their full intellectual and social potential.” This vision is accomplished by holding students to high expectations and standards academically and ensuring that all students have the supports and opportunities to develop socially and emotionally. APR programs move students along a path that consistently leads to agency and further education.

Apollo Theater

New York, NY

Amount granted: $50,000

Grant year: 2020

Grant categories: Education, Visual Arts and Music


To support the Pathways Program, which includes apprentice and internships programs for underserved youth in the arts, production and arts administration.  

The Apollo Theater is one of the most legendary and influential cultural forces in America.  Its mission is to preserve and develop the Theater through world class live performances and education programs that: 1) honor the influence and advance the contributions of African-American artists; and 2) advance emerging creative voices across cultural and artistic media. Since it opened 86 years ago, the Apollo remains a leading arts organization in NYC, a community anchor and economic driver for Harlem, a global touch point for African American culture, and one of the world’s most well-known, enduring and well-recognized brands.

Boston Modern Orchestra Project

Cambridge, MA

Amount granted: $100,000

Grant year: 2020

Grant category: Visual Arts and Music


To support the 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert dedicated to the memory of The Ellis L. Phillips Foundation’s former President, Ellis L. (Larry) Phillips.

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) is widely recognized as the leading orchestra in the United States dedicated exclusively to performing new music, and its signature record label, BMOP/sound, is the nation’s foremost label launched by an orchestra and solely devoted to new music recordings. Founded in 1996, BMOP’s mission is to illuminate the connections that exist naturally between contemporary music and contemporary society by reuniting composers and audiences in a shared concert experience.  The concert, scheduled for 2021 will feature new organ music and will be held as a fitting tribute to the service of Larry Phillips to the organization.

Community Cooks

Somerville, MA

Amount granted: $28,500

Grant year: 2020

Grant category: Human Services


To create a rebranding initiative for the organization. 

Community Cooks, based in Somerville, MA offers free, home-cooked meals to vulnerable populations seeking assistance from direct-service programs. In contributing nutritious and much-needed food, Community Cooks aim to: feed hungry neighbors who might otherwise go without; build a bridge of caring between volunteers and community members in need; and support conditions for program participants to achieve success by alleviating their hunger needs.  Community Cooks is a diverse network of 900 volunteers who prepare and deliver 142 home-cooked group meals each month to 43 Greater Boston direct-service organizations, working on a range of social issues including homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse and issues affecting at-risk youth and low-income seniors.  

Council of Urban Professionals

New York, NY

Amount granted: $50,000

Grant year: 2020

Grant category: Education


To support The CUP Fellows Program, a yearlong transformative leadership development training program for early-to-mid career professionals of color across sectors who are deeply committed to supporting their communities through impactful contributions to the nonprofit and public sectors.

The Council of Urban Professionals’ (CUP) mission is to inspire, elevate, and empower the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. Now in its 13th year, CUP supports the career progression of professional women and people of color in New York and Los Angeles by: 1) delivering compelling skill-building programs focused on accelerating careers and enhancing visibility, and 2) curating groups of top diverse professionals for impactful conversations and networking opportunities that result in community building, thought leadership, business development and a platform for recognizing diverse talent and inspiring service. 

Food Bank of Central New York

Syracuse, NY

Amount granted: $20,000

Grant year: 2020

Grant categories: Human Services, Rural Human Services


To support mobile food pantries in and around Syracuse. 

Helping to feed the hungry since 1985, the Food Bank of Central New York (FBCNY) is a multi-faceted organization, working to eliminate hunger by meeting the complex needs of those in communities who are food insecure. For the past 30 years FBCNY has accomplished this through nutritious food distribution, child nutrition programs, outreach, education, and advocacy. Its mobile food pantry (MFP) program delivers food directly to individuals in need and is designed to reach individuals in underserved areas or areas designated as food deserts.

Friends of Matènwa

Matènwa, Haiti

Amount granted: $28,655

Grant year: 2020

Grant categories: Education, Rural Human Services


 To support the creation an entrepreneurship program for graduates of its community school through Biznis Kreyol

The Matènwa Community Learning Center (MCLC) was established as a school that would ban corporal punishment, offer instruction in Creole, incorporate gardening as part of its core curriculum, and put an emphasis on child-centered learning in an environment of mutual respect, investigation and critical thinking. The entrepreneurship program will provide an opportunity for the community’s youth that have graduated from school to earn a living, while giving back to the school community.

Historic Hudson

Hudson, NY

Amount granted: $30,000

Grant year: 2020

Grant category: Historic Preservation


 To support an increase in staff and technology capacity in order to continue its growth and outreach and engagement projects in Hudson, NY.

Historic Hudson was created in 1996 to advocate for the preservation and cultural heritage of the historic architecture of the city of Hudson, NY. Historic Hudson has rescued and designated historic landmarks in the city and is now in the process of renovating and enhancing 100 underutilized acres of the 162-acre NYS Hudson Correctional Facility for a much needed public access park.



Long Table Harvest

Germantown, NY

Amount granted: $20,000

Grant year: 2020

Grant category: Rural Human Services


To support the increased hours of the Rolling Grocer 19 storefront which provides nutritious local food to underserved communities in the Hudson Valley.

Long Table Harvest is a grassroots organization founded in 2015 with the mission to cultivate social and economic equality in the local food system through dynamic, inclusive and creative collaborations across a diverse rural community.  Long Table Harvest focuses on gleaning and distributing fresh fruits, vegetables and meats from local farms to food pantries and through its Mobile Grocer program as a way of alleviating the burden hunger plays on the community. 

The Prepatory Foundation for Boston Prep

Boston, MA

Amount granted: $35,000

Grant year: 2020

Grant category: Education


To support the addition of an Alumni Counselor in its Persistence Project that helps Boston Prep graduates successfully navigate the college experience, as well as to provide support for the Persistence Project’s micro-grant program.

The Preparatory Foundation directly supports the operation of Boston Prep, a Commonwealth charter school, accepting Boston students via a public lottery and serving them in grades six through twelve with a mission to prepare students to succeed in four-year colleges and to embody, in thought and action, lifelong ethical growth.

Over the past year, Boston Prep completed a robust research project to better understand the factors associated with college success. That research revealed several factors associated with success, including active coaching for college students, rapid credit accumulation, deep engagement on campus, and having a “posse” for support.   In response to these findings, Boston Prep is launching a pilot of a redesigned Persistence Project, an ongoing program that provides intensive support to students in college.