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news: Press Releases: 2012 December 12: Foundation Expands to London



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The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp. Expands to London to Support Inner-City Education Programs; Elects Two New Board Directors from London Office 

Community Grant Applications Now Being Accepted at

Boston, MA, December 12, 2012 – The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a non-profit, tax-exempt entity established by the law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP, has expanded its educational grants program to include London. For over a decade, the Foundation has been awarding grants to tax-exempt organizations for programs designed to improve inner-city education in a city where Brown Rudnick has offices. Through the grants program, Brown Rudnick seeks to form a relationship with a non-profit organization that optimally includes financial support, pro bono legal representation and volunteer time.

Foundation President, Jeffrey L. Jonas, said, “The Foundation’s vision is part of the very fabric of the Firm and makes us all better lawyers and better people. Like the most effective community programs, the Foundation has evolved over time, bringing its resources and influence into new geographies to reach those in need and introduce new initiatives that support inner-city schools and non-profit educational programs. We are pleased to include the London community in our mission to advance innovative educational programs.”

The Foundation is currently accepting applications from front-line educators and those working for schools or education-related NGOs for its Community Grants, which are monthly grants capped at $2000/£1540 that are designed to address a one-time, tangible, immediate inner-city educational need.  Community Grant proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis with one grant awarded each month. Additionally, London educational programs will be eligible to apply for the Foundation’s annual Relationship Grants when the Foundation issues its annual request for proposals in the spring of 2013. These grants typically range from $5000 to $50,000. More information about Foundation grants and how to apply can be found at

Additionally, the Foundation elected two new Foundation Board Directors from the Firm’s London office – Partner Patrick Elliot and Associate Christian P. Toms. Patrick Elliot is a Partner in Brown Rudnick’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Group, and advises funds, investment banks, insolvency practitioners and corporates on insolvency, restructuring and litigation matters.  As an Associate in the Firm’s Litigation & Arbitration Group, Christian practices in all areas of commercial litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution. Together, with Foundation President Jeffrey Jonas, Executive Director Al Wallis, and fellow Board Directors in the U.S., Patrick and Christian will review and approve grant applications and help facilitate collaboration between Brown Rudnick’s London office and grant recipients.

In 2011, Brown Rudnick expanded its pro bono mission to London and currently receives referrals of potential legal cases from LawWorks, which screens clients for income and substantive eligibility. To help coordinate pro bono matters, the Firm, through its Center for the Public Interest, created a Pro Bono Steering Committee in the London office which is led by Partner Neill Shrimpton and Associate Christian Toms.

About the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp.
The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp. was established as a non-profit entity through the generosity of the partners of Brown Rudnick Freed & Gesmer, the predecessor to the present firm of Brown Rudnick LLP.  The Foundation’s mission is to improve inner-city education.  During the past 12 years, the Foundation has awarded hundreds of grants to non-profit organizations in Boston, Hartford, New York, Providence, and Washington.  Through the Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest, the umbrella entity encompassing all of the Firm's pro bono legal work, charitable giving, community involvement and public interest efforts,  the Firm has often been able to provide pro bono legal assistance or volunteer support for these grant initiatives, as well.

The Foundation has two principal grant programs, both focused on improving inner-city education for the communities of Boston, Hartford, New York, Providence and Washington DC., and now London. The Foundation’s Relationship Grants are awarded annually based upon the many proposals received in response to the Foundation's request for proposal (RFP.)  These grants seek to create a relationship with a non-profit grant recipient organization which ideally includes a financial contribution, pro bono legal involvement and volunteer opportunities. The Foundation’s Community Grants are smaller grants, capped at $2000, designed to address a one-time, tangible, immediate need.  Proposals are accepted each month from those on the "front lines" of education - the kind of need that those with funding authority don't appreciate or don't have the resources to make a priority.

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