New Breeze Foundation: Boston Area Grants

OVERVIEW: This foundation of the telecom mogul Robert Hale does most of its grantmaking in Boston and its surrounding areas. Hale and his wife Karen have interests in health, human services, the environment, and more. In recent years, the foundation has given as high as a couple of million annually, and as low as around $550,000.

IP TAKE: New Breeze doesn't have a web presence, or a clear way for grantseekers to get in touch. 

FUNDING AREAS: Health, Human Services, Education & Youth

PROFILE: New Breeze Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Robert Hale, CEO and president of Quincy-based Granite Telecommunications, and his wife Karen. Hale and his father, the late Robert Hale Sr., founded Granite in 2002, and the company has grown to more than 1,400 employees. Last year, Granite hit $1 billion in revenue.

The Hale family lives in Hingham, Massachusetts, not too far from Boston. New Breeze Foundation's philanthropy focuses on Boston and its surrounding areas, including Hingham, Salem, Brookline, and Westport. In a recent year, the foundation claimed over $1.5 million in assets and gave out $223,255. Prior years of grantmaking ranged from a little under $550,000 to around $3.3 million in 2011.

One major interest of the foundation in the Boston area is health, and the motivations here are strong. The late Robert Hale Sr. passed away from cancer in 2008. In life, Robert Sr. and his wife Judy started the Robert T. and Judith B. Hale Fund for Pancreatic Cancer at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Hale and Karen, have, through New Breeze, steadily supported Dana Farber, with a $103,000 grant, and a $70,000 grant. Money has also gone to Brigham & Women's Hospital, where Hale sits on the board. More than $630,000 went to the hospital, and $500,000 each went there. Support has also gone to Boston Children's Hospital, where Hale sits on the board, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Martha's Vineyard Hospital, and the Lown Cardiovascular Center in Brookline. It's also worth noting that Granite's charitable arm has given large sums to Dana Farber and other Boston-area health outfits.

The Hales also support human services in the Boston area. A steady stream of money has gone to South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Hingham Food Pantry, Hingham Sports Pantry, and Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, which supports children in need. Funds have also gone to Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund, which provides "educational assistance grants to the children of Massachusetts Service members who were killed while deployed on Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom." Support of $250,000 went to the fund. Money has also gone to One Boston Fund, which helps those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

Apart from health and human services, grantmaking has also involved the environment, with recent money going to Westport Land Conservation, and religious institutions, with funds going to Hingham Congregational Church, and Acoaxet Chapel in Westport. New Breeze Foundation has also supported education, with a large $1.26 million gift going to Deerfield Academy, and steady support going to Thayer Academy in Braintree. This grantmaking hasn't really involved Boston-proper, at least of late, and the most significant education sums being given by the couple have gone outside of the Boston area. The Hales recently gave a $20 million gift to Connecticut College, Robert's alma mater, and steady support have gone to the Wheeler School in Rhode Island via New Breeze.

PEOPLE:

  • Robert T. Hale, Jr., Trustee
  • Karen R. Hale, Trustee

CONTACT:

The New Breeze Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple, but below is an address.

New Breeze Foundation
8 Olmstead Dr.
Hingham, MA 02043