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The McNichols Family Foundation is a private foundation that contributes to other 501c(3) organizations. The Foundation has as its goal, helping others primarily in the area of education.

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University Level Education:  Multi-year program of Fellowships for Technology Entrepreneurship in the Masters of Engineering & Management program and the Gerald & Paula McNichols Suite for Entrepreneurial Engineering support at The Institute for the Integration of Management and Engineering (TIME), which is a joint program of the Case School of Engineering and the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.


Zoo Outreach Program:  Some 15,000 elementary students from inner-city schools, unable to travel to the Zoo, receive a positive experience with animals. Funding supports pre- and post- program activities that help state wide science proficiency goals and teacher workshops for participating schools.


Colonial Williamsburg Foundation:  Support for the Educational Programs and Outreach Endowment Fund allows programming at Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia in the exhibit buildings, trade shops and homes. This grant also supports the coach and livestock program, library material acquisitions, music programs, and all educational services for guests, students, and teachers.


John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: This funding helps support the American College Theater Festival Program wherein college students from all over the country come to Washington, D.C. to perform, learn and participate in educational projects related to the theater arts.


Park & Recreation Department:  This grant to a small community helped to carry out their education programs and provided replacement of the swings for the handicapped that had fallen into disrepair.


Elementary School:  Funding supported the education and training of teachers and obtaining material for the Alabama Reading Initiative wherein every child will be reading at grade level by the end of the 3rd grade.


First Book:  Over 1,000 students will receive over 10,000 books in this reading program sponsored by the Community Idea Stations. Disadvantaged children receive the opportunity to read and own new books. Student interns are also supported to conduct literacy workshops for children and their families.


Piedmont Environmental Council:  Funding supports education for the Route 50 Corridor Coalition traffic calming project, which is one of the most innovative transportation plans in the United States, and has evolved into a national model for rural traffic calming. This award-winning project is unanimously endorsed by local governments and has secured Federal funding as well.


Boys & Girls Clubs:  This grant supports two key programs of the Boys & Girls Clubs: Project Learn and Goals for Graduation. Five clubs are helping inner-city youth become proficient in basic educational disciplines, applying learning to everyday situations, and embracing technology for achieving success in life and future careers.


Community Center:  This contribution in the Philanthropist category helps support a local community center and its educational programs for children, youth and adults. Programs include Seniors Dinners, Art Shows, Parents Night Out, Halloween Celebration, Christmas Shop, Babysitter Training, and many others.


Kids in the Balcony: A grant to the New York Pops for their annual birthday gala provided funds for the orchestra’s free music education programs. These programs benefit young people in schools and help sustain the orchestra’s free Summermusic concerts attended by thousands of New Yorkers in the city’s parks.


Graduate Scholarships: Funds for fellowships supporting graduate education have been made each year to the ARCS Foundation, Inc. ARCS is the Association Rewarding College Scientists and annually supports graduate students at several universities. PhD students from this program are now giving back to the community.


ART180: The Foundation supported the ART180 program, which gives young people who live in public housing or low-income communities the chance to express themselves through art and share their stories with others. Funds help curriculum development, program management (including volunteer recruitment and supervision), artist stipends, materials, etc.


Mt. Zion Church Preservation Association: This church, built in 1851, and surrounding land was the site of the first rendezvous for Col. John Mosby in 1863 as well as guerrilla actions in 1864 and was used as a hospital by both North and South during the Civil War. The building is on the National Register of Historical Places. The Foundation’s grant was used to help secure additional land to be used for a historic park and Visitors Center. This park is now open to the public.


High School Project: A grant was made to support a city high school National Honor Society student project. Students collected funds and purchased Christmas gifts, which were given to needy children.

During the past 15 years about $4 million has been donated to worthy educational causes.