Kraft Family Foundation: Grants for New England

OVERVIEW: The Kraft Family Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to arts and culture, higher education, health, youth development, and Jewish causes.

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

PROFILE: Incorporated in 1951, the Kraft Family Foundation was established by billionaire businessman Robert Kraft and his late wife Myra. Robert launched International Forest Products (IFP), creating a created a platform that has grown into the Kraft Group, a diverse holding company that comprises the family’s various business interests. Kraft is also owner of the New England Patriots. The foundation lacks transparency and restricts public information about its grant priorities and strategies. It’s uncertain how Kraft’s pending prostitution charges will affect his award sizes and interests. According to tax records, the Kraft Family Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to arts and culture, higher education, health, youth development, and Jewish causes.

Robert has supported his alma maters Harvard Business School and Columbia University, home to the Robert K. Kraft Field. The family are also major patrons of Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, where son Josh is the Nicholas President and CEO. Late matriarch Myra Kraft was the first female board chair of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. The Krafts are major patrons of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, home to the Kraft Family Blood Lab. Kraft and Daniel are on the board of Dana Farber. The Kraft family also made gifts totaling $20 million to Partners HealthCare, endowing the Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health. The Krafts created the Kraft Center for Community Health. Columbia/Barnard Hillel is home to the The Krafts created the Kraft Center. Josh is on the board of Brandeis University, home to the Myra and Robert Kraft Chair. The College of the Holy Cross, meanwhile, is home to the Myra and Robert Kraft Chair in Judaic Studies and Program for Jewish-Christian Understanding, and the Kraft-Hiatt Program for Jewish-Christian Understanding. The Krafts engage in philanthropy that impacts Israel.

Grants range from $500 to $2.105 million. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away around $12.1 million. Past grantees have included Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, Temple Emanuel of Newton, Belmont Hill School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Belmont Hill School.

The foundation keeps a low profile but a recent 990 indicated that the foundation accepts applications all year round in the form of a letter.

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CONTACT:

Kraft Family Foundation
One Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035