After more than a half century of grant making the Viola W. Bernard Foundation announces that its funding has culminated in a series of important and final grants all of which are in keeping with the intentions of the organization’s founder Viola W. Bernard and several of the larger grants have strong historical ties to the founder. All these grants serve to continue the work to which Dr. Bernard dedicated her life.
The grants listed below and their purposes were awarded at the March 21, 2016 meeting of the Board with the exception of the Yale Child Study Award which was voted on December 15, 2015. Several grants will serve as endowment contributions whose good work will be perpetuated as a lasting legacy of Viola W. Bernard and the Viola W. Bernard Foundation.
The Foundation is proud of its charitable contributions and their impact on mental health, child welfare and advocacy for the disadvantaged. We are grateful to all the worthy organizations whom we supported and who in turn helped the children and families they served.
Yale Child Study Center – The Viola W. Bernard Fund for Innovation in Mental Health Care - $2,350,000
Columbia University supplement to the Dr. Viola W. Bernard Endowment - $1.1 M
Emphasis on the needs and special problems of children who, due to poverty or other reasons, are suffering from being part of under-served or disadvantaged communities.
Association to Benefit Children - $250,000
Center for Family Representation - $90,000
Citizens Committee for Children - $180,000
Howard Center in Vermont - $90,000
Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services - $180,000
New Yorkers for Children Viola W. Bernard Foster Youth Scholarship Endowment - $90,000
Vera Institute of Justice – Common Justice - $180,000
Any balance of funds after final accounting will be donated to Center for Family Representation, Howard Center, and New Yorkers for Children.