2016 was a great year for the for the Richard M. Keane Foundation!


A message from the Keane Foundation President

This year the Keane Foundation launched the Keane on Kids After School Enrichment Program at 5 Wethersfield Elementary Schools. The successful individual registrations for the Program were in cooperation with the Town of Wethersfield Parks and Registration, truly a Public/Private Collaboration! 

The program currently runs for 1 hour after school, 3 days a week at most of the schools, with offerings such as Cooking, Mad Science, Gym Games, Yoga, Board Games, Art Programs, Dance and Chess, with 503 children participat­ing this fall alone! In Winter and Spring 2017 there will be additional exciting programs for students to choose from, including Drama and Musicals at 2 Schools! Programs are designed by a program Coordinator, and a site coordina­tor at each school ensures safe arrival and dismissal. The fees for each program pay for instruction and materials.

Silas Deane Middle School After School Intramurals was again supported by a grant from the Keane Foundation, and this year will include tutoring and homework help as well.

Additional groups in town that received funds this year to help support programs were, Senior Center Chair Yoga, Wethersfield PTO’s Fall Movie on the Green, Hartford Symphony Orchestra programs for elementary schools, Pieces Literary Magazine and the Wethersfield Studies at Wethersfield High School.

Nonprofits and school groups can apply for grants in March and September each year. The Grant Application can be found on our website: keanefoundation.org. Priority is given to programs that benefit larger numbers of participants, as well as the neediest children’s programs in the community. Amounts granted vary, and partial grants maybe awarded.

The Cove Side Carnival in October was very successful this year, mainly because of the beautiful warm weather each of the 3 days! That success allowed us to donate our net Carnival proceeds of $19,000 to the Wethersfield Food Bank. Many of our town’s children (and adults) are still experiencing the effects of a sluggish economy and this food assistance will allow them to make ends meet.

Other successful fund raisers this year were the UNICO/Keane Foundation Golf Tournament, the Keane Foundation 5K Road Race, the Luminaria Sales at holiday time, as well as funding from Voya Financial and directed donations from United Way.

Of course we still are the grateful recipient of many individual donations from all across the country and from within town. One donor wrote with her donation this year, “I truly enjoy writing this check at Christmas time, I wish it could be more!”

Those heartfelt sentiments are what help us to bring such joy to our community in programs. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make The Richard M. Keane Foundation a reality, and so successful!


Judy Keane

Richard M. Keane Foundation

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