After more than a half-century of grantmaking, the Viola W. Bernard Foundation announces a series of important and final grants. The grants, listed below, are in keeping with the mission of the Foundation and will perpetuate the intentions of the organization’s founder, Dr. Viola W. Bernard. Many have strong historical ties to Dr. Bernard and all will continue the work to which she dedicated her life.
The Foundation is proud of the more than $8,300,000 in charitable grants awarded since Dr. Bernard’s death on March 21, 1998 and the impact we have made on mental health, child welfare and advocacy for the disadvantaged. We are grateful to all the many recipient organizations we supported that have, in turn, helped the children and families they serve.
The final grants listed below were awarded at meetings of the Foundation Board on December 15, 2015 and March 21, 2016. Several grants, noted with an asterisk (*), will create perpetual endowments as a lasting legacy of Dr. Bernard and the Viola W. Bernard Foundation.
• Yale Child Study Center to establish The Viola W. Bernard Fund for Innovation in Mental Health Care (*)
• Columbia University Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to supplement the Dr. Viola W. Bernard Fund established in 1982 by Dr. Bernard (*)
• Association to Benefit Children to support the Fast Break Mental Health Clinic (*)
• Center for Family Representation
• Citizens’ Committee for Children
• Howard Center in Vermont to create The Viola W. Bernard Flexible Mental Health and Social Intervention Fund (*)
• Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services to create The Viola W. Bernard Youth Leadership Fund (*)
• New Yorkers for Children to create The Viola W. Bernard Foster Youth Scholarship Endowment (*)
• Vera Institute of Justice for the Common Justice Project
Any residual balance of funds after final accounting will be allocated among several of the grant recipients noted above.