Grants 2008
arts & culture
United Jewish Communities
Jerusalem, Israel
$226,930

UJC provides humanitarian assistance to those in need, and translates Jewish values into social action on behalf of millions of Jews in hundreds of communities in North America, in towns and villages throughout Israel, and sixty countries around the world.
Current yearly support is going to the new program, The Performing Arts Center in Ma’a lot in Northern Israel.  This support will help UJC build and strengthen Israel based Jewish communities and activities, and to nurture Jewish learning and education.

Waco Performing Arts Co.
Waco, TX
$18,576

The Waco Performing Arts organization is housed at the historic Hippodrome Theatre and offers various educational and entertainment events.  The Foundation grant purchased tickets for charitable organizations and economically disadvantaged children and shelter groups for at-risk families.  The WPAC provides educational experiences and curriculum reinforcement to children through WPAC’s New Horizons Educational Series.  The New Horizons Educational Series is the only live theatre that area children are able to experience in any given year. 

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democracy and participation
Alliance for Justice
Washington, DC
$25,000

Alliance for Justice is a national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women’s, children’s, and consumer advocacy organizations.  The Alliance works to advance the cause of justice for all Americans, strengthen the public interest and community’s ability to influence public policy, and foster the next generation of advocates.  The Foundation’s renewal grant supports the work of the Nonprofit Advocacy Project, and its companion project, the Foundation Advocacy Initiative. 

American University – Center for Study of the American Electorate
Washington, DC
$25,000

The Center for the Study of the American Electorate (CSAE), is part of American University’s Center for Democracy and Election Management.  Since its existence CSAE has become the principal source of data and analysis of citizen political participation.  The grant assisted the Center in exploring a biometric identification card, which, in the voting field, will eliminate registration and any form of fraud, and it will also have many other positive societal uses.

Center for Public Policy & Priorities
Austin, Texas
$20,000

The Center for Public Policy Priorities is a research and advocacy organization committed to improving public policies to better the economic and social conditions of low- and moderate-income Texans.  The grant assisted CPPP in participating in the Public Health Welfare Foundation’s Health program’s new Southern Strategy designed to help build consumer capacity in the southern states to work for a more equitable health system.

Media Matters for America
Washington, DC
$50,000

Media Matters for America is a web-based, progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. Media.  Media Matters received support funding for their efforts in monitoring the media.

University of Texas Law School
Austin, Texas
$250,000

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law serves as a focal point for critical discussion and policy analysis of human rights law and advocacy.  This grant, payable over five years, will create a Human Rights Initiative which includes a Transnational Workers Rights Clinic.

Wellstone Action Fund
St. Paul, Minnesota
$25,000

Wellstone Action is a national center for training and leadership development for the progressive movement. Founded in January 2003, Wellstone Action’s mission is to honor the legacy of Paul and Sheila Wellstone by continuing their work through training, educating, mobilizing and organizing a vast network of progressive individuals and organizations.  The grant provided Leadership Skills Training program for college and university students designed to equip young people with the skills of non-partisan voter-engagement.

 
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education
College of William & Mary Foundation
Williamsburg, Virginia
$107,500

College of William and Mary, a public university in Williamsburg Virginia, is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Established in 1693 by British royal charter, William and Mary is proud of its role as the Alma Mater of generations of American patriots, leaders and public servants. The grant is for a feasibility study for the renovation of the Tyler Hall which will house four of the College’s leading academic programs.

La Vega Independent School District
Waco, Texas
$120,568

La Vega ISD’s philosophy expresses a desire for students to achieve intellectual, social, physical, economic, and occupational competence through their learning activities. This matching grant will sustain its pre-k through three reading program established several years ago through the Texas Reading First Grant program.

Moody Library
Moody, Texas
$5,000

The Moody Library is a rural community library that provides services for the communities of Moody and Bruceville-Eddy.  The grant is to provide temporary emergency funding for a part-time librarian.

Texas State Technical College (TSTC)
Waco, TX
$75,000

TSTC has provided top-quality technical education for Texas and Texans for more than 42 years.
The college is nationally recognized for the number and quality of technology graduates.  The purpose of the Rapoport Emergency Tuition Scholarship Fund is to provide select students with financial assistance to help cover tuition costs.  This scholarship fund will be available on a one time basis for those students enrolled in the last 18 hours of coursework.

University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
$453,860

The Rapoport Service Scholarship is open to freshman enrolled in Liberal Arts.  The scholarship awards up to $7,500 per year for three years beginning the summer after the freshman year and includes a lap top computer.  A requirement of this scholarship is the student must participate in community service during the summer.  By working with a nonprofit organization, a student gains knowledge about this sector and the value that these agencies provide.

Valley Mills Public Library
Valley Mills, TX
$10,000

The Valley Mills Library is a small library that provides educational resources for the citizens of the community.  This grant is for the librarian’s salary to lead innovative programs for children including music programs and instruction. 

Vanguard College Preparatory School
Waco, Texas
$15,000

Vanguard College Preparatory School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in grades 7-12.  Vanguard was founded in 1973 as an exemplary school for highly motivated students.  This matching grant provided a one year scholarship to a deserving minority or under served student recognized as the “Bernard and Audre Rapoport Scholar”.

 
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health
Heart of Texas Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Waco, TX
$12,697

Children with disabilities spend most of their time in therapy, learning how to use their arms or legs so they can be more independent.  Therapy is what they do most every day.  The Center tries to focus on using therapy to increase learning.  The use of horses, swimming, and massages to stimulate muscles and circulation are used to stimulate the brain.  The grant covered the expenses for a special cover for the swimming pool, chair lift for the pool, headrest, and chair strap, and other miscellaneous equipment.

Planned Parenthood of Central Texas
Waco, TX
$192,200

Health services for low-income women is the focus of this agency that welcomes everyone regardless of race, age, disability, sexual orientation, or income.  The Foundation grant hired a Patient Services Director to manage four existing clinics, the call center, new sites during expansion, and to purchase enhanced technology to support this growth. 

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community, building and social service
Caritas of Waco–HELPINGS: Food Stamp Outreach Program
Waco, TX
$38,500

HELPINGS: Food Stamp Outreach Program (FSOP) was established October 2005 for education and outreach efforts and to encourage all residents who are eligible for food stamps to apply for the benefit.  The grant is for the Program Director’s salary and operational costs for continuation of the FSOP in McLennan County, and to also encourage county leaders in Falls, Limestone, and Freestone Counties to continue to build on the FSOP.

Caritas of Waco
Waco, TX
$100,000

Caritas to Waco provides emergency/supplemental assistance in the form of food, clothing, household items, utility, medication, rent and mortgage, as well as travel assistance with few eligibility requirements.  This matching grant replenished the emergency/supplemental food needed for the people of the community.

Central Texas Aging & Disability Resource Center (Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas)
Belton, TX
$25,000

The Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas (AAA) is designated by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services to be responsible for administering programs under the federal Older Americans Act in the seven county Central Texas region.  The Foundation grant assisted Central Texas Aging & Disability Resource Center in working on a pilot grant from the U.S. Administration Aging and The Texas Department of Aging and Disability services to work with family caregivers from having to place their older care recipients in a nursing home..

Jerusalem Foundation
Jerusalem, Israel
$226,930

The Jerusalem Foundation mission is to strengthen, promote and enhance a free, open, pluralistic and modern society in Jerusalem, by responding to the pressing needs of the city and working to improve the lives of its residents.
Current yearly support is going to The Jerusalem Cinematheque, also know as the Jerusalem Film Center.  This is a key fixture on the capital’s cultural scene, providing entertainment, educational activities and a unique meeting place for the capital’s mosaic of ethnic and religious communities.

MHMR – Klaras Children’s Center
Waco, TX
$4,074

Klaras Children’s Center ECI (KCC ECI) is affiliated with the Heart of Texas Regional MHMR Center, and provides early childhood intervention (ECI) services to children birth to age 3 with disabilities or delays.  The goal of ECI is to enable families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services.  Grant money was used to purchase and provide caregivers materials to use with their infants to facilitate/promote a motor skills development program, which is referred to as “Tummy Time”. 

Texas Sports Hall of Fame
Waco, Texas
$48,000

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame Museum is located in Waco, Texas and is the “official recognized state repository” to capture and showcase the accomplishments and lives of our states greatest sport ambassadors.  The grant funds were for the museum’s new Literacy & Research Center and named after the Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation “in honor of Dave Campbell”. The Literacy Center will be designed to showcase the museum’s major educational program – the Sports Reading Club (SRC), books written by TSHOF inductees and sports figures, and the Texas Football archives of Dave Campbell.

 
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additional grants

The Foundation also awarded modest grants to other nonprofit organizations and local schools.

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2008 grant totals
Education$793,428
Community Building and Social Service$444,189
Democracy and Civic Participation$475,000
Health$204,898
Arts and Culture$245,507
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