Robert and Michelle Cooke Atchinson Foundation

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 and youth, health, human services

PROFILE: Established in 1998, the Robert and Michelle Cooke Atchinson Foundation is a private foundation in Massachusetts. Robert Atchinson is the co-founder 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. The charity is steered by Atchinson, his wife Michelle, and their children. The foundation's Boston grantmaking focuses on education, youth, health, and human services.

This foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. Children’s hospitals and social services are top priorities. 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. 

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. Learn more about past giving in the funder’s past grant history. Boston is a primary focal point for grantmaking, although the funder does not publish its grantmaking guidelines.

The Atchinson family's foundation keeps a low profile and has a minimal web presence. It also does not accept unsolicited proposals. For general questions, the phone number for the foundation is 781-863-0458.

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