HDR Foundation Announces Large Grant Recipients for 2016


In its large grant cycle for 2016, the HDR Foundation has given five grants to nonprofit organizations totaling more than $237,000 — the most it’s given in one grant cycle to date. The five organizations will use the funds to teach children the importance of design and environmental education, assist in building a foot bridge for an underserved community in Panama, and help provide easy access to food for elderly residents.

This is the third round of grants that the HDR Foundation has distributed this year, and includes its largest single grant to date with $90,433 going to the NorthStar Foundation in Omaha. Other grant recipients were: Bridges to Prosperity of Denver; Heart of America Council – Boys Scouts of America in Kansas City, Missouri; Bluff Lake Nature Center in Denver; and Meals on Wheels of Central Texas in Austin.

NorthStar Foundation | Omaha, Nebraska
Volunteers from HDR’s Omaha office have been working with the NorthStar Foundation for nearly three years. NorthStar, an afterschool program for boys in north Omaha, served students from fifth to eighth grade. But as boys aged out of the program as high school students, they slowly returned, wanting to continue in the program. To facilitate those students, HDR employees helped the boys design their own multifunction room. As a surprise, at the end of the design process, the HDR Foundation presented a $90,433 check to pay for the renovation of what was a storage room. This is the largest single grant the HDR Foundation has distributed since it began in 2012.

Bridges to Prosperity | Denver, Colorado
Five HDR volunteers will work alongside five employees from PCL Construction to help Bridges to Prosperity construct a foot bridge in Panama. The community, which will be chosen in the coming weeks, will have a much easier access to vital resources because of the bridge. The HDR Foundation’s $30,000 grant will fund half of the project, including the construction materials, and the volunteers will manage the project and travel to Panama for the final two weeks of construction.

Heart of America Council Boy Scouts of America | Kansas City, Missouri
The Boy Scouts of America’s Heart of America Council is implementing “best management practices” in its Kansas City area scout campsites. At Camp Bartle, the HDR Foundation’s $80,000 in funding will assist in the design and construction of “green pod” campsites, which will provide a permanent level and well-drained sites seeded with native grasses to control runoff, manage erosion and prevent sediment from entering the region’s creeks and streams. This will become the foundation of a new Water Quality Protection Plan (WQPP) that will be incorporated into Camp Bartle’s Master Conservation Plan that is currently in place.

Bluff Lake Nature Center | Denver, Colorado
Bluff Lake Nature Center will build the Sand Creek Ecology Deck with the $16,000 from the HDR Foundation, creating safe and sustainable access to Sand Creek for hundreds of school children who visit Bluff Lake every year. Not only will the funds allow BLNC to build a deck for classes to congregate, but it will also provide educational equipment such as waterproof shoes, bug nets, magnifying glasses and water quality kits for children to use while visiting Sand Creek.

Meals on Wheels | Austin, Texas
Meals on Wheels Central Texas is in need of a new kettle. The HDR Foundation’s $21,104 grant will pay for the 60-gallon, stainless steel kettle that will help the organization cook the 545,000 meals that it delivers annually to nearly 3,000 central Texans, most of whom are elderly or disabled. More than 75 percent of the local Meals on Wheels clients are low-income and cannot afford meal delivery that the organization provides.

About the HDR Foundation
The HDR Foundation was founded in 2012 and has provided nearly a million dollars in grants to local organizations — fueled by donations from HDR employees. We provide grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, federally recognized tribal governments, and to political subdivisions. Our giving is targeted to the communities in which our employees live and work, and to organizations where HDR employees are highly active. Grant recipients are also required to align with HDR’s areas of focus, which include education, healthy communities and bettering the environment.

About HDR
HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what's possible since 1917. We specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. With nearly 10,000 employees in more than 225 locations around the world, we think global and act local.

Caption: NorthStar Foundation received the largest single grant to date with a $90,433 check for a special multifunction room for high school students.