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​National Grid Foundation Congratulates

Brooklyn Public Library for 125 Years of Community Excellence

 Brooklyn Public Library Celebrates 

Foundation History

​​National Grid Foundation was created to enhance the quality of life across its grant making territory. The Foundation strives to help its partner organizations create opportunities to today’s and tomorrow’s educational and environmental issues. Its objective is based on the principle that giving people the tools to build hope is an essential ingredient in the development of individuals, families and building stronger communities. Since its inception in December of 1998, the Foundation has granted $30 million to local community organizations.

While celebrating its 125th anniversary, the Brooklyn Public Library kicked off this year’s Summer Reading program at a fun event in June. The day was filled with face-painting, music, dancing and of course reading. National Grid’s own Lauren Bradley volunteered and informed parents of the Library’s First Five Years Reading Program and helped kids create birthday cards for the Library. The Summer Reading program aims to keep reading entertaining and educational. This year’s theme is “You’re Invited – 125th Anniversary.”

 “For 125 years, the Brooklyn Public Library has been the place for Brooklynites of all ages to go to read, learn and become part of the community,” said Ed White, Executive Director, National Grid Foundation. “The Foundation is a long-time supporter of the Library’s successful Summer Reading Program. This program is so important to the education of children and young people. It ensures that children don’t fall behind in their reading skills and learning. Each year, there is a new, fun and innovative program theme that encourages children to participate and continue their reading throughout the summer. National Grid Foundation wishes the Brooklyn Public Library a Happy 125th Anniversary!”

125th Anniversary and Summer Reading

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WE BELIEVE that addressing global issues begins at the local level. We support and engage non-profit organizations that take ownership for implementing educational and environmental programs and solutions. These partnerships help build stronger communities -- the important first step in transforming individuals, neighborhoods, cities and, ultimately, our planet.

National Grid reaffirmed its dedication to its communities with the establishment of the  National Grid Foundation in December 1998. A $20 million endowment was provided as an outgrowth of its passion for and commitment to the communities it serves. In September 2000, National Grid enhanced its commitment with an additional gift of $10 million and another $5 million gift in 2007. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $30 million in grants to hundreds of non-profit organizations across its grant-making territory.

The National Grid Foundation is more than a funding source. Through its partnerships, the Foundation is afforded the opportunity to work with a host of diverse non-profit organizations. Our experience has shown that by working together we can bring about change that inspires people and transforms communities.

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