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

  • Metropolis: Six Takeaways for Creating Beautiful, Just, and Resilient Places in America
    by Rudy Bruner Award Staff on May 25, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Six Takeaways for Creating Beautiful, Just, and Resilient Places in America The 14-week “Inspiring Design” speaker series, a Rudy Bruner Award and Northeastern University partnership, concludes with a vision for an inclusive and equitable urban future. Last month, our final … Continued

  • Inspiring Design
    by Rudy Bruner Award Staff on April 8, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Inspiring Design: Creating Beautiful, Just, and Resilient Places in America Design is everywhere.  It has become clear that the events of 2020 will have deep and lasting consequences for every aspect of society including the physical environments we inhabit—our homes, … Continued

  • The Art of Renewal: Creative Mixed-use Development
    by Rudy Bruner Award Staff on September 16, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    As the desire for urban living spurs more investment in urban development, there is increasing interest in authentic places and experiences that are welcoming, inclusive, and reflective of local culture and history. The failures of the federally funded urban renewal … Continued

  • Announcing the 2019 Rudy Bruner Award Medalists
    by Rudy Bruner Award Staff on June 26, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Last weekend the Selection Committee met in Oakland, California and named Crosstown Concourse in Memphis, Tennessee the Gold Medalist and recipient of $50,000 to benefit the project.

  • 2019 Finalists
    by Rudy Bruner Award Staff on April 8, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) announces five finalists for its 2017 Gold and Silver medal prizes. The Gold Medalist will receive $50,000 and four Silver Medalists will each receive $10,000 to enhance their projects. Celebrating more than … Continued

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About

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.

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