OVERVIEW: The Robert and Michelle Cooke Atchinson Foundation's Boston grantmaking focuses on education, youth, and health.
IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals.
FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Health, Human Services
PROFILE: Robert Atchinson is the cofounder of Adage Capital Management in the Boston area. Atchinson is also philanthropic and moves his charitable contributions through the Robert and Michelle Cooke Atchinson Foundation, which was established in the late 1990s. The charity is steered by Atchinson, his wife Michelle, and kids.
In a recent year, the foundation gave away around $2.5 million. The foundation does not spread its money widely, and many grants are $50,000 or higher. The foundation's Boston grantmaking focuses on education, youth, health, and human services. Past grantees also include Big Brother Big Sister Central Mass/Metrowest, College of the Holy Cross, Year Up, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General Hospital, Caritas Communities, and Strategic Grant Partners, whose mission is to "partner with outstanding leaders with game changing ideas that improve the lives of children and families in Massachusetts." Grantseekers should note that Atchinson's business partner Phillip Gross is a founder of Strategic Grant Partners.
The Atchinson family's foundation keeps a low profile, and prefers a minimal web presence. It also does not accept unsolicited proposals
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The Robert and Michelle Cooke Atchinson Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the family but below is an address
The Robert and Michelle Cooke Atchinson Foundation
115 Commonwealth Ave., No. 2
Boston, MA 02116