The Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation




Established in 1986, the Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation has dedicated more than $73 million in grants to improve the social fabric of life.

Our mission is to meet basic human needs while building individual and social resiliency.

The Foundation seeks innovative solutions to intractable and persistent problems and strives to cultivate emerging talents and promising models. The entire Rapoport Family is actively involved in the foundations operations, which has touched many lives in the areas of education, arts and culture, health, community building & social services, and democracy & civic participation.

This commitment is rooted in generations past and continues to mold our future.


Areas of Funding Priorities


The Foundation supports artistic and cultural programs, especially those that encourage participation, and enrich the lives of children and disadvantaged members of the community. Education and cultivation of new and young patrons is encouraged.


The Foundation is interested in the broad area of education but with a special concern for early learning up to and through the elementary years. Other areas of interest include adult education and training initiatives, college and career readiness, and programs that enhance the capabilities of teachers and other professionals in public schools.


The Foundation seeks to build communities that improve the quality of life for all citizens and foster the growth and development of children. The Foundation encourages programs that build grassroots neighborhood networks, provide job training and job opportunities for the unemployed and under-employed, or provide a comprehensive safety net of social services for the least-advantaged citizens.


The Foundation seeks to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare services to all citizens, especially to women, children, and those who do not have access to conventional medical resources. Community-based outreach initiatives such as immunization programs are of interest to the Foundation.


The Foundation supports efforts both to make government more responsive and to encourage citizens to take an active interest and role in political life. The Foundation promotes intergovernmental cooperation as well as initiatives that broaden citizen awareness of public policy issues and alternatives, build skills necessary for political leadership, and provide opportunities for community service.

additional current AREAS OF INTEREST

In addition to the primary areas of interest, the Foundation recently created two task forces to explore special interest areas related to civic & political engagement and maternal mortality & morbidity. Through the course of our research and advice from subject matter experts, the Foundation task forces will share their current focus areas through an RFP process. Once both RFPs are released, you will find them listed below available for download as well as on the How to Apply page.