John W. Henry Family Foundation: Grants for Boston

OVERVIEW:  The John W. Henry Family Foundation’s grantmaking in the Boston area focuses on healthcare, the arts, and more.

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

 FUNDING AREAS: Healthcare, food, education and youth, arts and culture

PROFILE:  Established in 2004, the John W. Henry Family Foundation is the foundation of 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.

Health grants focus on research, teaching, and clinical application. Food grants focus on collaborative efforts to build locally sourced and self-reliant food systems. Arts and culture grants focus on enriching the community. Finally, youth grants focus on child development, athletic, and youth arts programs. A selection of Boston area grantees includes Massachusetts General Hospital, 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.

Many grants are in the $1,000 to $25,000 range. Grants in a recent year were lower than $500 and as high as $1 million. The foundation has a website which lists past grants. Boston is a primary center of grantmaking, although the foundation supports other communities in Massachusetts and Florida as well. However, the foundation does not publish its grantmaking guidelines.

Also, the website also states that the Henry Foundation does not review uninvited proposals. Direct inquiries to the foundation staff by mail at 301 Yamato Road, Suite 2200, Boca Raton, Florida 33431.


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