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The Ellis L. Philips Foundation Generously Supports Promly Changemakers

June 23, 2022

Contact: Jen Libby

Promly Founder & CEO


Promly Receives $25K Grant to Support Ambassador Program

Boston, MA, June 23, 2022 — Promly has received a $25,000 grant from the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation to advance the Ambassador Program and help scale the Promly App. The foundation was particularly interested in the Ambassador Program because it will help spread the word about Promly, make people aware of the benefits of the app and the resources available, inspire more teenagers to download the app, and improve and save more lives. The foundation, founded in 1930 by Ellis Phillips, has given grants to a number of organizations over the years, mainly in the areas of historic preservation, the arts, and education. “Given our scope as a small family foundation we really pride ourselves on supporting organizations that are doing innovative and influential work,” said the President of the foundation, Hardy Watts.

Recently, Hardy and the members of the foundation's board have been interested in getting involved in the teen mental health field, so when they heard about Promly they were intrigued and excited. Teen mental health is considered a sub branch of the education field because, as the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation understands, educating children and adolescents about how to properly take care of their mental health in order to live better, happier lives is incredibly important. Hardy agrees with Promly’s mission and believes that if children and adolescents are going to be on their smartphones anyways, having access to Promly can help decrease some of the negative consequences that come with cell phone use and social media.

According to Hardy, “The key to Promly’s success will be that it is by and large for and by teenagers”. The foundation was compelled by Promly because they believe it will help to diminish the stigma surrounding mental health. “The bottom line is Promly’s platform is here to address teen mental health in a variety of ways and catch people who might otherwise fall through the cracks,” said Hardy.