Five Recent Grants Push HDR Foundation Over $1 Million Donation Mark

The HDR Foundation has distributed five grants totaling more than $57,000 to nonprofit organizations. With these grants, the foundation has now donated more than $1 million since it began awarding grants in 2013.

Each of the 2017 grant recipients is helping their communities, ensuring children have three meals a day, beautifying the community, and mentoring children using STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and outdoor education.

This is the first of three grant cycles of 2017 for the HDR Foundation, not including a special grant cycle in which the foundation will give away an additional $100,000 in recognition of HDR’s 100-year anniversary. The recent recipients:

Missoula Food Bank | Missoula, Montana

The Missoula Food Bank’s Kids Table after-school and summer programs provide meals to more than 600 kids during the school year and nearly 400 in the summer months, totaling more than 105,000 meals for 2017-2018 school year. The HDR Foundation’s $5,000 grant will help purchase two new refrigerators to keep up with the growth of the programs, which have seen a 200 percent increase in participants since piloting the program in late 2015.

Greenscape of Jacksonville | Jacksonville, Florida

The ARC Jacksonville Village is a unique living option for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It offers affordable apartment-style independent living where residents are seen, treated and respected as adults. Currently, the facility has minimal landscaping and many of the buildings suffer the full impact of Florida sun. With the HDR Foundation’s $8,650 grant, more than 70 trees will be purchased and, with the help of HDR employees, planted at the Village, providing shade to lower cooling costs, increase beautification and encourage outdoor activity.  

Education Foundation of Billings Public Schools | Billings, Montana

The HDR Foundation’s donation of $13,836 will be used to purchase robotics kits for kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Central Heights Elementary School. As the school district implements the Project Lead the Way curriculum, it is a substantial cost to purchase the STEM materials. The HDR employees in Billings are volunteers with the STEM Billings program, using hands-on activities to teach students after school hours.

Explore Austin | Austin, Texas

Explore Austin, a mentorship program that uses outdoor recreation to inspire underprivileged youth, has grown to more than 270 “Explorers” in 2017. With this growth, the organization needs new bicycles and more canoes to meet the participant needs. With the $15,000 from the HDR Foundation, Explore Austin will purchase up to 22 bikes and two canoes to ensure that it can meet demands and continue its impactful work in the community.

Platte Forum | Denver, Colorado

PlatteForum supports contemporary artists and underserved youth through its arts programs by allowing children to work side by side with artists. HDR volunteers have helped with the organization’s ArtLab sessions, teaching the ins and outs of facilitating a charrette. The $15,000 from the HDR Foundation will be used to purchase new iPads and a large format printer for digital media and design projects.

About the HDR Foundation

The HDR Foundation was founded in 2012 and has provided more than $1 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

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans 10,000 employees, in more than 225 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.