NEWPORT, RI - Sail Newport announced today that it has won a $500,000 matching grant from the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust, the largest matching grant awarded since the not-for-profit organization was founded in 1983.
“The Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust matching grant empowers Sail Newport to build an endowment that supports free and affordable community sailing programs for generations to come,” says Brad Read, executive director.
The McBean Charitable Trust will match donations up to $500,000 dollar for dollar. Read reports that over $80,000 has already been raised towards that goal.
The matching grant campaign is part of Sail Newport’s “Campaign for Blue Space” which began in 2015. Phase I of that initiative was completed with the opening of the new education and recreation center located in Fort Adams State Park.
Phase II of the campaign launches today with the goal to use endowment funding to help repair and replace boats and docks to keep the sailing center a world-class facility.
Additionally, proceeds from the endowment will enable Sail Newport to continue to offer free programs to the community. Currently, sailing programs are provided at no cost to organizations as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, The East Bay Met School, and the innovative Pell School 4th grade sailing program
The unique Pell school program at Sail Newport is in partnership with Pell Elementary School educators who integrate topics from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Both the classroom and on-the-water segments are held during the school day in the spring and fall at Sail Newport.
The Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust awarded the matching grant to Sail Newport as part of their mission to “give special attention to organizations whose charitable activities are focused on the City of Newport, Rhode Island, and Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island, and are designed to enhance the quality of life in and to perpetuate the history of the City of Newport and Aquidneck Island. “
Read added, “We’re working to enrich people’s lives of all ages. We want to reach and teach more people – especially children. A larger endowment will open up more opportunities. ”