2015 Grant Recipients

Our 2015 grants show our commitment to helping organizations make an impact in our communities and at the global level with highly active HDR volunteers. In 2015, 14 organizations received grants from the HDR Foundation, all with the help of HDR employees.

The grants are helping communities in many ways, from teaching children the importance of science to helping newborns gain access to the breast milk they need to helping small communities in Nicaragua. Congratulations to all of the 2015 HDR Foundation grant recipients.

Large Grant Recipients

Lower Merion Conservancy
Gladwyne, Pennsylvania

The funds will be used to purchase three probes that will help to establish a long-term water quality monitoring system for Mill Creek. The Conservancy has a chance to make a difference to the drinking water that supplies more than 17 million people in the watershed.

Engineers Without Borders
San Diego, California

Projects in the India program specifically focus on potable water supply and structural work, which are areas of engineering that HDR performs globally for our clients. The funds will go toward water treatment, housing, rainwater harvesting and latrines in India.

Green Empowerment
Portland, Oregon

Support the continuation of water and energy projects in Nicaragua. Funds will cover project equipment costs for installation of solar powered water pumping projects, solar home systems, patio gardens and improved cook stoves.

GRID Alternatives
Denver, Colorado

Provide low-income households access to the financial, environmental and employment benefits of solar electricity. Program outcomes include: 300 families served, 45,000 tons of greenhouse gases prevented over next 30 years, 16,000 hours of hands-on experience for job trainees. Twenty HDR employees will be able to volunteer to install the solar system during a workday program.

Governor's School for Science and Mathematics
Hartsville, South Carolina

A virtual Accelerate engineering program to cultivate the next generation of creative engineers and technical leaders by offering motivated 10th, 11th and 12th grade students an innovative and accelerated path toward achieving college engineering degrees.

Small Grant Recipients

Junior League of Phoenix ROCKETS Program
Phoenix, Arizona

Raising Our Children's Knowledge by Educating Through Science (ROCKETS) reaches preschool and early elementary school children in low-income and underprivileged communities. The innovative program works to empower young students to be inspired by careers in STEM.

Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners 
Spokane, Washington

The Minor Home Repair program prioritizes low-income households with elderly inhabitants, residents with disabilities and families with young children.

Salish Sea Expeditions
Bainbridge Island, Washington

Design and install of caged "carousel" style system of oceanographic water quality monitors. The gear will enable students to conduct more accurate and sophisticated projects and will allow staff to establish accurate data. The program serves 700 (grades 5-12) students annually.

Three Rivers Mothers' Milk Bank  
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Providing medically fragile infants (primarily in NICU setting) in Pennsylvania and West Virginia with pasteurized milk from screened donors when mother's own milk is not available. Funding will be used to purchase three commercial-grade freezers and a temperature monitoring system

Blood Bank of Alaska, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska

Funding will assist with the replacement of an older bloodmobile with new midsize coach. Use of a smaller coach will help to reduce the costs associated with conducting blood drives as well as enhance the ability to collect a wider variety of blood types.