John W. Henry Family Foundation: Boston Grants

OVERVIEW:  The John W. Henry Family Foundation’s grantmaking in the Boston area focuses on healthcare, the arts, and more. The foundation was established in 2004 by John W. Henry, a commodities trader who later acquired several prominent sports teams.

 IP TAKE: The foundation has a website but accepts funding proposals by invitation only.

 FUNDING AREAS: Healthcare, Food, Education & Youth, Arts & Culture

PROFILE:  The John W. Henry Family Foundation was established in 2004 by John W. Henry, chairman of John W. Henry & Company and principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, among other sports teams. He and his wife Linda serve as directors of their charity, which focuses on southeastern Florida and Massachusetts.

The foundation has a website which lists past grants. The website also states that the Henry Foundation does not review uninvited proposals. In a recent year, the foundation gave away around $1.7 million.

The John W. Henry Family Foundation makes grants in four primary areas:

  • Healthcare, focusing on research, teaching, and clinical application
  • Collaborative efforts to build locally sourced self-reliant food
  • Arts and cultural programs
  •  Education and youth

A selection of Boston area grantees includes: Massachusetts General Hospital, which recently received a 7 figure grant; Boys & Girls Club of Boston; Perkins School for the Blind; Harvard University; American Repertory Theater; Independent Film Society of Boston; Boston Public Market; and Boston Medical Center.

Grants in a recent year were lower than $500 and as high as $1 million. Many grants were in the $1,000 to $25,000 range. Away from the Boston area its worth mentioning that another site of philanthropy is southeastern Florida where the family takes up residence.


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