Red Rhino Fund

Founded in 2007, the Red Rhino Fund is an endowed, charitable fund run by a nine-member student board with faculty advisors. At its core, the Fund’s mission is an extension of the school motto, Not to be served, but to serve. The group works to create positive change in the Greater Waterbury (CT) community for children, especially those who are underprivileged. They do so by awarding nominal monetary grants and promoting local organizations in support of education, literacy and the arts. Along the way, Taft students gain solid perspectives on the importance of philanthropic work, and develop fundamental knowledge, understanding, and skills to continue philanthropic, not-for-profit work later in life.

The board is charged with learning about not-for-profit trusteeship, growing the endowment through new and innovative fundraising initiatives, creating marketing strategies, and awarding grants to community organizations. Board membership is determined through a competitive application and interview process. Officers are elected each year; the 2016-17 officers are:


President: Hanna Murphy ’18
Vice President and Secretary: Emma Bellet ’18
Treasurer: Quincy Morgan '19
Grants Committee Chair: Raveeno Douglas '18
Marketing Committee Chair: Margot Odden ’19
Marketing Committee Co-Chair: Malcolm Bellairs '19
Special Events Committee Chair: Eliza King Freedman ’19
Special Events Committee Co-Chair: Hartley Messer '20
Nominating and Governance Chair: Malcolm Bellairs '19

Grant Distributions

Board members conduct detailed research and reviews of each grant applicant and proposal, which may include volunteer work with the organization to build personal connections and more fully understand the impact of their mission, general site visits, and participation in after-school activities. Grant monies are presented in February to the charities chosen by the Red Rhino Fund board. Recent grant recipients include the Police Activity League (PAL), the United Way, and Girls, Inc.

Red Rhino Fund Grant Application

Donations

All gifts made to the Red Rhino Fund are tax deductible and may be sent to:

The Taft School Development Office
Attn: Chris Latham
110 Woodbury Road
Watertown, CT 06795

Checks should be mayde payable to: Taft School Memo: Red Rhino Fund

For more information email: RedRhinoFund@taftschool.org