2014 Grant Recipients

One of the most exciting aspects about the work all of us do at HDR is that everything we do makes a difference to the communities in which we live and work. Thanks to HDR employees, nine community organizations now have renewed support to maximize their impact in these communities as well.

2014 Large Grant Recipients

The HDR Foundation has approved large grants (more than $15,000) for three organizations. Our Grant Giving Committee reviewed 24 large grant applications and made recommendations for approval to the Foundation Board, which made the final selections.  

The 2014 large grant recipients are:

  • Green Empowerment, Portland, Oregon (employee sponsor: Chris Baker). Green Empowerment works globally to provide renewable energy and water systems to impoverished communities. More than 25 of our employees are currently volunteering on a solar irrigation project in three Nicaragua communities: El Espino, El Bálsamo and Malacatoya. Grant funds will support project equipment costs and local engineering, as well as a small local engineering fellowship. The project will benefit about 600 men, women and children, bringing better health, more access to higher education and environmental protection. 
  • Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA), Gretna, Nebraska (employee sponsor: Mike Doiel). HETRA provides equine-assisted activities to adults and children with disabilities, including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, brain tumors, head or spinal cord injuries, visual and hearing impairment, autism and more. Programs are often cancelled during the winter. However, reducing critical therapeutic interventions. Our funds will be used to add insulation and heaters to HETRA's facility, resulting in year-round programming and continuity of care for nearly 170 students.
  • Penn State, Altoona, Altoona, Pennsylvania (employee sponsor: Scott Goehri). Penn State's Rail Transportation Engineering (RTE) Program is the only four-year degree program that focuses specifically on the rail transportation industry. Penn State is establishing a Quarter Roundhouse teaching and learning facility that will provide access to rolling stock and track structures. Grant funds will support the purchase of RTE lab equipment, contributing to the creation of transformational experiences within and beyond classrooms, supporting a dynamic RTE degree program.

2014 Small Grant Recipients

In 2014, the HDR Foundation received a total of 51 small grant applications (under $15,000). Each application was reviewed by the members of the Grant Giving Committee and selected grants were then recommended to the Foundation Board members. 

The following small grants were awarded in 2014:

  • City Blossoms, an organization dedicated to creating and maintaining kid-driven, engaging, creative green spaces throughout Washington, D.C. The HDR Foundation grant will help the group grow its programming at its two current Community Green Spaces. These formerly vacant, unsafe lots are now integrated into their neighborhoods and allow residents access to free, freshly harvested produce and culinary education. Through partnerships at these spaces and more than 20 schools, City Blossoms also provides in-school, after-school and summer programming for children from low-income families. 
  • University of Alaska Foundation, Anchorage School of Engineering, for the Engaging Alaska in the World Water Monitoring Challenge project. The World Water Monitoring Challenge is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by asking citizens to monitor their local water bodies. Support from the HDR Foundation will help the UAA School of Engineering develop curriculum for and train K-12 teachers so they can get Alaskan students involved. 
  • Explore Austin in Austin, Texas for its Explore Program. The program supports disadvantaged sixth-grade students by assigning mentors who support them for six years, with a goal of completing high school and beyond. One hundred percent of the first two classes of Explorers graduated from high school and were accepted to colleges throughout the United States.
  • Bridges to Prosperity, Denver, Colorado for its engineering program in Nicaragua. The program will create bridges in the communities of Cita Verde, Mata de Tules and El Trentino, with engineering teams from the University of Iowa, Notre Dame and Portland State. 
  • Lynx Robotics, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Funds provided by the HDR Foundation will allow the organization to purchase additional robots and increase the number of students who can be involved in competitive robotics teams.
  • Working in the Schools (WITS), Chicago, Illinois, for its Mid-day Mentoring program. The program brings mentors and students together for one-on-one reading time once a week. It targets students in second and third grade, a critical time for literacy development.

The Foundation focuses on areas that mirror our company's expertise and impact on communities, with special emphasis on education, healthcare and healthy communities, and a healthy environment.

Congratulations to all of the 2014 HDR Foundation grant recipients.