This list represents a sample of past projects funded and is not meant to be all inclusive.
AHEAD with Horses: Project New Surcingles (Shadow Hills, CA) – 2015
The Morris Family Foundation gave a grant to purchase the most important piece of equipment required to provide this outstanding therapy, besides the horse itself, which is the vaulting surcingle.
Harpeth Hall School: Laptop Initiative (Nashville, TN)
Seed money was provided to the school to purchase a laptop for each student’s school use. The program was originally piloted in two grades using grant funds. The pilot program was deemed a success; all students in all grades now use laptops in a fundamentally re-imagined 21st-century curriculum.
Harlem Children’s Zone: College Success Emergency Fund (New York, NY) – 2007
This distribution was awarded to the College Success Office of the Harlem Children’s Zone. A College Success Emergency Fund was established, enabling students—often the first in their families to attend college—to cover education-related costs, such as textbooks and application fees, that their families could not (and to which any scholarships did not extend). At the end of the first year, 98% of college freshmen from HCZ in four-year schools remained enrolled, due largely in part to assistance from the Emergency Fund.
LEAD Public Schools: One to One Laptop Program (Nashville, TN) – 2015
LEAD Public Schools is a network of five public charter schools in Nashville, Tennessee that operates both “fresh start” schools and “zoned-enrollment” turnaround schools. From 5th through 12th grades, our schools serve predominately minority and low-income populations who are likely to be first-generation college attendees. Through funding from the Morris Family Foundation, we have been able to acquire additional technology in our ongoing effort to ensure a 1:1 laptop program across our network. This initiative has provided our students integrated on-line learning tools through their daily curriculum, which has enabled our students to work at their own pace, regardless of math or language proficiency, through an interactive, hands-on learning experience.
Martha O’Bryan Center: Work Ready for Youth Program (Nashville, TN) – 2010
The Work Ready for Youth program is an integrated, comprehensive initiative that gives Nashville’s most vulnerable youth pre-employment skills and places them in entry-level workplace positions. Helping youth form a positive pattern of work behavior insures greater success for them as adults, creating the foundation for a healthier neighborhood, a place where self-esteem and self-sufficiency prevail. This contributes to the organization’s mission to end intergenerational poverty in Nashville’s most distressed community.
St. George’s School: Sustainability Coordinator (Newport, RI) – 2008
Funds from a seed grant enabled St. George’s School to hire a sustainability coordinator to help the campus “go green.” Since that time, sustainability advances have made significant advances in preserving resources and creating a culture of conservation. Highlights to date include:
- All school stationery products use 100% recycled paper produced close to campus
- Dining Hall changes
- New dishwashing system and tray-less service save 500,000 gallons of water a year
- Used cooking oil transported to Newport Biodiesel
- Over 6 tons of compost used to grow vegetables
- Energy-efficient library renovation
Susan Gray School: Family Training Series (Nashville, TN) – 2009
The Susan Gray School is an inclusive preschool located in Nashville, Tennessee. Funds from this distribution were used to develop and implement a family training series designed to empower families of young children with disabilities with information and resources to help them prepare for their child’s future.