The GROW Foundation
Girls Reaching Others Worldwide
Don’t go through life, GROW through life!
Founded in 2000, The GROW Foundation is a student-run foundation dedicated to funding service projects and awarding grants to support nonprofit organizations’ missions. The Foundation raises money, awards grants, and participates in service projects of its own. The Foundation seeks to fund projects that will help causes anywhere from Cleveland to countries worldwide. The main goals are to fund worthy projects and to encourage youth philanthropy. GROW willingly accepts proposals from all people from different races, genders, and age groups.
Middle School Mission Statement
The Middle School branch’s ultimate goal is to encourage and support educational programming by assisting organizations that address real community needs. GROW strives to develop civic responsibility especially in the greater Cleveland community so more people will aid humanity.
Upper School Mission Statement
GROW fosters passion for philanthropy in the HB community and promotes economic and social empowerment through grant distribution, microfinance loans and fundraising.
In the spring of 2016, GROW granted $15,000 to various Cleveland-based and international nonprofits. We have built a strong relationship with these organizations. Representatives from many of these organizations have visited campus, met with our student members, and shared their project’s goals and outcomes with us. Our students have visited their sites and partnered with them in a variety of ways beyond the grant-making process.
Here is a sampling:
Boys Hope, Girls Hope
Boys Hope Girls Hope helps students from under-resourced backgrounds achieve academic success. The GROW grant supported the college road program, enabling Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars to visit colleges and universities and make informed decisions about the next steps in their educational journey.
Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach
Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach received funding for the first time this past year to support its health clinics and the purchase of personal care items for young women in need. Our students volunteered at their bi-weekly pantries and also hand-delivered the personal care products to area homeless teen girls and young women who have aged out of the adoption process.
There are 100 Foundation members in grades 5-12, and they are responsible for publicity, reviewing grant proposals, and raising money. Students will be able to:
Become philanthropists by giving their time, treasure and talent
Learn about and take action on important community issues.
Make decisions with an impact beyond the walls of Hathaway Brown
GROW’s goal for the 2016-2017 funding cycle is to award $12,000 to nonprofit organizations to support our areas of target. After conducting a needs assessment of the greater Cleveland community, our members have focused their attention on the needs of children in poverty, educational access, hunger, and homelessness. Our Upper School branch also awards loans to support micro-finance enterprises in the developing world.
Since 2006, the Middle School branch has partnered with the Crittenton Foundation who works to help under-served and marginalized girls and young women in the Cleveland area. Their mission is to “support empowerment, self-sufficiency, and the end of cycles of destructive behaviors for girls, young women and their families who live at the margin of the American dream.” This is a golden opportunity for our girls to help other girls. Through their generous donation, we will award $4,000 to projects serving the needs of at-risk adolescent young women in the Cleveland area.
Once you and your organization have determined that your programming matches one of our mission statements, please consider applying for a grant.
To apply for a grant, you must write a proposal. Proposals can be submitted between October 1, 2016 and the deadline for proposals on December 1, 2016.
The GROW members will review all completed proposals. Based on the quality and thoroughness of the proposal and mission fit, GROW will decide whether or not to award your grant. Award recipients will be notified by the end of March.
Award recipients will be asked to attend a reception at Hathaway Brown School on an evening of May 23, 2017 to receive their monetary awards.