Organizational Profile

Bruner Foundation


The Bruner Foundation promotes innovative thinking about complex social issues and fosters meaningful change. Established in 1963 by Rudy Bruner and his wife Martha, it has influenced policy and practices over its history in health care delivery, holocaust studies, education, and non-profit evaluation, and broadened understanding of urban excellence and development in American cities.

The foundation currently operates three programs: The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, a national design award that recognizes transformative urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to America’s cities; the Bruner Loeb Forum, a partnership between the Rudy Bruner Award and the Harvard Loeb Fellowship that advances creative thinking about placemaking in American cities; and Evaluative Thinking (formerly Effectiveness Initiatives), which creates and shares new methods for improving the evaluation and effectiveness of non-profit service delivery.


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Target Audience: Grants management staff, Administrative staff, Communications staff, Executive staff, Financial staff, Trustees, Donors, Advisors

Services Provided: Resources

Geographic Scope: Local, State, National

Target Organizations: Community foundation, Public foundation, Corporate grantmaker, Family foundation, Operating foundation

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