What does the Foundation do?

The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization focused on brightening the lives of children, youth, and families in crisis. The Foundation believes that we can make the world a better place by engaging Bright Horizons’ employees, clients, families, friends, and community partners, and their passion for meeting the needs of all children. We do this by creating and supporting comforting places for children in crisis to grow and play, strengthening their families, supporting our communities, sharing our knowledge, and encouraging others to join us in making a difference.

How is the Foundation related to Bright Horizons?

Bright Horizons Family Solutions founded the Foundation in 1999. Through the Foundation, Bright Horizons employees are able to work with community organizations while tapping into our teachers experience and expertise to serve at-risk children.

How is the Foundation funded?

We receive funding from many sources, including Bright Horizons Family Solutions and its corporate clients, parents, and employees. As a nonprofit organization, all donations are tax-deductible.

Bright Spaces

What is a Bright Space®?

It is a warm, enriching place in homeless shelters and community agencies where children, youth, and families in crisis can learn and play together. They are created and supported through partnerships with community agencies, financial sponsors, a Bright Horizons center, school or department and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.

I want to open a Bright Space.  How do I start?

Great!  We would be happy to discuss with you how to get a team together, the funding needed, and finding the right agency for you to work with.  Please contact Minnie Walker, our Bright Space Project Manager,  Minnie.walker@brighthorizons.com

I want to volunteer in a Bright Space, how do I find one?

For information on how to volunteer in a Bright Space, contact Julie Kelly at Julie.kelly@brighthorizons.com. She can assist you in locating an agency that needs volunteers.

Can we donate items to a shelter or a Bright Space through the Foundation?

The Foundation does not have the resources to manage donations of items.  We can provide you with a list of agencies and shelters that would like to accept donations. In most cases, the best practice is to identify a local agency and work directly with them.  Contact Julie Kelly at jullie.kelly@brighthorizons.com for assistance.

 Grants and Community Champions

I am interested in applying for a Foundation grant. Is everyone eligible?

It depends on the type of grant. To receive a Gleason Grant, you must be a Bright Horizons employee who volunteers a minimum of 40 hours a year at a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. A Founders Grant has to have a sponsoring letter from a Bright Horizons employee who is significantly involved with the agency.  In addition to other critieria, the Founder’s Grant is for organization that serves at-risk children 17 years and younger. For more information about our grant criteria click here.

Where do I find the grant applications?

On this website at www.brighthorizonsfoundation.org/what-we-do/grants/

Who can become a Community Champion?

Bright Horizons employees that volunteer their time with nonprofit organizations are eligible to be nominated by a Bright Horizons colleague to receive a Community Champions award. A plaque along with a letter of gratitude will be sent to the employee. Click here to access the Community Champion nomination form.


Are donations to the Foundation tax-deductible?

As a nonprofit organization, all donations are tax-deductible.

I am a new Bright Horizons employee and want to make a donation through my paycheck, what do I do?

Welcome!  Please check with your supervisor about completing a payroll donation card or contact Carrie Cox at carrie.cox@brighthorizons.com. And thanks!