HDR Foundation Donates More Than $300,000 to Bolster STEM Education, Improve Communities

The HDR Foundation has given seven grants to nonprofit organizations totaling $327,247 as part of its 2017 large grant cycle — the most it’s donated in one grant cycle to date. The seven organizations will use the funds to expand or outfit education centers for underserved children, build a foot bridge in Nicaragua to improve access to vital resources, and create a solar energy array used to educate local students.

The seven organizations are Aspire! Afterschool Learning, Arlington, Virginia; Bridges to Prosperity, Denver, Colorado; Gateway to Science Center, Bismarck, North Dakota; Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio, Redlands, California; Girls Incorporated and Partnership 4 Kids, both Omaha, Nebraska; and Watershed of the Ozarks, Springfield, Missouri.

In 2017, the HDR Foundation has distributed 34 grants totaling more than $500,000, bringing its five-year total in grant money distributed to nearly $1.5 million.

“This has been a record-breaking year for us, both in terms of number of grants given and the amount we’ve been able to donate” HDR Foundation Executive Director Leslie Spethman said. “Our foundation is mostly funded by HDR employee donations, so we are proud to support organizations where our employees are highly involved and support the communities where our employees live and work.”

2017 Large Grant Recipients

Aspire! Afterschool Learning | Arlington, Virginia
The $71,200 grant will be used to outfit a new classroom and library space at a local community center that works with underserved kids. The new space and equipment will increase the number of children the center can accommodate, and expand its teaching capabilities.

Bridges to Prosperity | Denver, Colorado
This is the third grant the HDR Foundation has provided to Bridges to Prosperity. The $36,000 donated in this grant cycle will be used to construct a footbridge in Nicaragua, which will provide safer and easier access to necessary resources, including schools and markets.

Gateway to Science Center | Bismarck, North Dakota
More than 2,000 students in the Bismarck area will benefit from the Engineering Creativity Lab supported by the $17,900 grant. The Gateway to Science Center will use the funds to enhance its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programming.

Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio | Redlands, California
The $31,685 grant will be used by the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio to purchase equipment for its environmental education project, which will serve up to 900 students between the ages of 8 and 15.

Girls Incorporated | Omaha, Nebraska
Girls Inc. is inspiring and teaching girls necessary skills to excel in STEM fields. The organization will use its $71,637 grant to build and supply two computer labs, one in north Omaha and one in south Omaha.

Partnership 4 Kids | Omaha, Nebraska
The $18,825 grant will fund a laptop lending library that will provide underserved children access to computers, and aid in technology education provided by the organization.

Watershed Committee of the Ozarks | Springfield, Missouri
Watershed of the Ozarks will use the $80,000 grant to create a solar energy array at its Watershed Center, which will be used to educate students on renewable energy while simultaneously saving the organization money on energy bills.

About the HDR Foundation
The HDR Foundation was founded in 2012 and has provided nearly $1.5 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.