The Rider-Pool Foundation

The Rider-Pool Foundation Moves to 100% Proactive Grantmaking

The Rider-Pool Foundation Moves to 100% Proactive Grantmaking

Over the last five years, The Rider-Pool Foundation has moved in the direction of proactive grantmaking – awarding a smaller number of grants in larger amounts that demonstrate measurable outcomes across multiple social issues in our community. In 2018, proactive grants accounted for 80% of The Foundation funding.

After careful review of the results, the Trustees have agreed to continue this trajectory. Therefore, we have closed the application process for annual grants.

Since 2014, The Foundation made a substantial investment in The Collective Impact Fellowship Program. As connectivity among participants grows and new ideas are developed, we see confirmation that this investment has far-reaching effects and we believe it will continue to do so.

In the capacity of proactive grant making, The Rider-Pool Foundation will remain focused on concentrated areas of Generational Success in Education, Community Development Linked to Economic Development in the Allentown NIZ, and Measurement for Results. The umbrella of these areas is the social determinants of health. These determinants, such as housing and education, lie at the core of our work.

Proactive grants lean toward longer-term solutions to social problems that affect the health and well-being of our community. Both the proactive grantmaking and the Collective Impact Fellowship are embracing the interest areas of Dorothy Rider Pool as originally established more than 60 years ago.

The Rider-Pool Foundation is keen to listen to new, innovative ideas that match these areas; however, there will not be an open call for proactive grants.

It is also important to note that in 2025, The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust, The Rider-Pool Foundation’s sister organization, will close down after reaching the 50-year term established by Leonard Parker Pool. That will leave The Rider-Pool Foundation at its own transitional moment. During the next six years, The Trust and Foundation will remain a strong presence in our community and together with our Trustees, we are fully committed to continue our work with the same energy and passion our founders set forth.

Please remain in touch with our Program Officers, Ron Dendas and Joe Napolitano. We look forward to celebrating your successes in the years ahead.

Edward F. Meehan, MPH, Executive Director