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Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-28

At A Glance

Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation

75 State St., 12th Fl.

Boston, MA United States 02109-1821

Telephone: (617) 878-7773


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-09-30)

Assets: $22,098,932

Total giving: $719,848






Established in 1996 in FL

Purpose and Activities

The foundation sponsors the work of new and existing leaders to increase the regional capacity for generating effective public policy solutions, breakthroughs for neurologic and mental illnesses, and world class art. Giving has been largely for higher education including fellowships and scholarships, particularly in neuroscience, mental health and Alzheimer's disease, and for museums.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Rappaport Honors Program

In Oct. 2000, the foundation awarded Suffolk University Law School a 5-year grant to develop the Rappaport Honors Program in Law and Public Policy. As a result, each year the Rappaport Honors Program now brings together a cadre of highly qualified law students from Boston-area law schools who demonstrate exceptional commitment toward public service and the betterment of civic life in the greater Boston, MA, region. For a complete application, and more information on deadlines, visit program web site:

Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston/Rappaport Public Policy Internship Program

Each summer, up to 12 students in graduate-level programs at Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, and Suffolk University, have the opportunity to experience working in the public sector through the Rappaport Public Policy Internship Program. Rappaport Fellows work directly with officials from state and local public agencies in the greater Boston, MA, area, on policy research and management projects. Through weekly seminars with experts in different policy fields, interns form a community of civic-minded peers and place their internship experiences into a broader context. Each intern is matched with a mentor outside of their host agency, providing another source of valuable advice and support during the internship and beyond. A $7,000 stipend from the Rappaport Institute is made available to students.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Family planning
  • Higher education
  • Hospital care
  • Judaism
  • Natural resources
  • Nonprofits
  • Undergraduate education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People with disabilities
  • People with psychosocial disabilities
  • Judaic institutions
  • Public charities

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-09-30

Assets: $22,098,932 (market value)

Gifts received: $2,238,172

Expenditures: $997,458

Total giving: $719,848

Qualifying distributions: $855,912