Discretionary Grant

The Rankin Museum

For the third year (2016, 2017 and 2018) we awarded a small discretionary grant to the Rankin Museum.  It was truly a pleasure to conduct a site visit there in 2017 and view exhibits on Natural History, American Heritage, and Native American Culture.  The Rankin Museum is located in Ellerbe, North Carolina, and serves as a very educational and fun site in a rural part of North Carolina. Since the Museum was founded "based on the lifetime collections of Dr. Pressley R. Rankin, Jr., MD. of Ellerbe" the displays take you to cultures and animals far beyond the borders of North Carolina, while helping you know more about 'your own backyard'. We hope to continue our work with the museum and urge you to visit if you are in the area! 

Art FORM (found objects recycled materials)

ArtFORM is a founder led non-for-profit located in San Diego, California. Their mission to instill art education and environmental stewardship through creative reuse, perfectly bridges the Faile Foundation's interests in the environment, sustainability and education. After receiving a discretionary grant in 2016, their 2017 grant will help them focus on capacity building activities. Through a close working relationship we were so impressed with their work that we continued our relationship for another year and challenged them to fundraise for a matching grant inn 2018.  ArtFORM provides workshops with local elementary schools (most of which are Title 1) both on site and off. They also have partnerships with other local organizations such as the Girl Scouts, San Diego River Park Foundation UCSD’s Alleys in Action and many others. On Saturdays ArtFORM also serves as a creative reuse store open to the public, where students, teachers and their family and friends can make a small donation for craft supplies.


In 2017 ArtFORM served over 1,500 students in San Diego in workshops, another 1,500 at community events and diverted over 4 tons of materials from San Diego's landfills.

In 2018 Art FORM again served over 1,000 students in SanDiego and diverted over 7 tons of materials from San Diego’s Landfill.