The Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation of 2002 was established to celebrate the life and perpetuate the memory of Lyndon Paul Lorusso through grants to charitable organizations that reflect his spirit and values and those of his parents Paul and Lila Lorusso. Those values include civic responsibility, personal and corporate integrity, honesty, fairness, and service to those in need.
The Foundation makes grants to benefit organizations and communities on Cape Cod. The Foundation will give preference to organizations located on Cape Cod, but will also consider off-Cape organizations that provide direct services to Cape Cod communities. The Foundation’s interests include delivery of health care services, educational opportunities, programs supporting youth and in particular, economically disadvantaged youth and youth with physical or developmental disabilities, scholarships for students pursuing higher or continuing education, hunger relief, programs in support of Veterans, and animal welfare.
The Foundation will consider program or operating grants. Capital grants will be considered as needed. Requests for challenge or matching grants are welcomed. Applicants should demonstrate how their work aligns with the values of the Lorusso Foundation’s founders as outlined above.
The Foundation will not consider requests for endowments.
Grant sizes range from $5,000-$25,000. Larger grants will be considered on a case-by-case basis based on demonstrated need, compelling requests, and/or organizational capacity.
Applicants must be tax-exempt organizations qualifying under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not a private foundation within meanings of section 509(a) of the Code. Grants to municipalities or public schools will be considered if there is a demonstrated public purpose (for example, scholarships).
The Trustees will meet twice per year to consider grants, in June and November. Application deadlines are as follows:
April 1 for decisions in June
September 1 for decisions in November
Proposals should be submitted online at https://goapply.azurewebsites.net/hembar. Please review this guide on how to register. Click here for a password assistance guide. Please note if the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the application is due by 5 pm on the following business day. Applicants may submit one proposal per calendar year.
The Foundation has engaged Hemenway & Barnes LLP to provide grants management and administration. Applicants should direct any questions to:
Gioia Perugini, Director of Philanthropic Services
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
75 State Street
Boston, MA 02109