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 The GROW Foundation

Girls Reaching Others Worldwide


Don’t go through life, GROW through life!


To apply for a grant, you must write a proposal. Proposals can be submitted between October 6, 2017 - December 8, 2017.

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.

Mission Statements

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.

What has GROW funded in the past?

In the spring of 2017, GROW granted $14,000 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.

Girls with Sole

Girls with Sole utilizes fitness and wellness programs to empower the minds, bodies, and souls of girls from the inside out who are at-risk or have experienced abuse of any kind.  The Lacing Up for a Lifetime of Achievement (LULA) program incorporates positive self-esteem, healthy body image, teamwork, and leadership activities into their programming, which culminated in a 5K race.  

Student Impact

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

Funding Goals

GROW’s goal for the 2017-2018 funding cycle is to award $14,000 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 and will more than double its giving capacity this year thanks to a generous grant from the Doll Family Foundation. 

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.

Applying for a Grant

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 6, 2017 and the deadline for proposals on December 8, 2017. Award recipients will be notified by the end of April.

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 receive their grant awards at a reception at Hathaway Brown School in May of 2018.

Contact Information

The GROW Foundation
Hathaway Brown School
19600 North Park Blvd.
Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Lauren (Van Wagenen) Harlow '04, MS Faculty Advisor
Phone: 216.320.8796, ext. 7154


Stephanie Hiedemann, US Faculty Advisor
Phone: 216.320.8771
Email: shiedemann@hb.edu

Shaker Heights, Ohio Girls K-12 Coed Early Childhood

19600 North Park Boulevard Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122 P: 216.932.4214
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