The Bruner Foundation invests in programs that promote innovative thinking about complex social issues and foster meaningful change.

  • Announcing the 2017 Medalists
    on 06/15

    The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence announces the 2017 Gold and Silver Medalists. Click here to learn m

  • Site Visit Summaries
    on 06/14

    The Rudy Bruner Award has been traveling to do site visits this spring for the five finalists.  Read more about the projects h

  • Announcing the 2017 Rudy Bruner Award Finalists
    on 02/08

    The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) announces five finalists for its 2017 Gold and Silver medal prizes. Click here to learn more about t

  • Meet the 2017 Selection Committee
    on 11/01

    The selection committee for the 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence brings a diversity of experience and perspectives from their work in cities across Amer

  • Challenging Conventions
    on 08/23

    The case studies and lessons learned from the 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence winners are available. Click here to view the publicat

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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 Bruner Foundation was founded to create opportunity for others and to inspire meaningful social change.

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.

The Bruner Foundation invests its resources in its programs rather than active grant making. We regret that we cannot accept or consider unsolicited inquiries or proposals.

History of the Foundation