New Breeze Foundation

OVERVIEW: The New Breeze Foundation is the foundation of the telecom mogul Robert Hale and does most of its grantmaking in Boston and its surrounding areas. Hale and his wife Karen have interests in health, human services, education, youth, and the environment.

IP TAKE: New Breeze does not have a web presence or a clear way for grantseekers to get in touch with the founding couple.

FUNDING AREAS: Health, human services, education, youth, environment

PROFILE: Established in 2000, the 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, and the company has grown to more than 1,400 employees. Foundation grantmaking interests include health, human services, education, youth, and the environment.

The foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, one major interest of the foundation in the Boston area is health. 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. Money has also gone to Brigham & Women's Hospital, where Hale sits on the board. The couple has supported Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Martha's Vineyard Hospital, and the Lown Cardiovascular Center in Brookline. The Hales also support human services in the Boston area. Support has gone to South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Hingham Food Pantry, Hingham Sports Pantry, and Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, which supports children in need. 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 funding going to Deerfield Academy and Thayer Academy in Braintree.

Foundation grants often range from $100,000 to $500,000 each. Learn more about this funder’s past giving by examining its tax records. The Hale family lives in Hingham, Massachusetts, not far from Boston. Therefore, New Breeze Foundation's philanthropy focuses on Boston and its surrounding areas, including Hingham, Salem, Brookline, and Westport.

This foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits, as it only funds pre-selected organizations. The foundation’s phone number is 781-740-4558.

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