Behrakis Foundation: Grants for Boston

OVERVIEW: The Behrakis Foundation is a private family foundation established in Massachusetts in 1996 by George and Margo Behrakis. The foundation’s grantmaking supports select Boston organizations in the areas of arts, education, and Hellenic causes.

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low profile but may occasionally accept unsolicited proposals.  

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, education, health, Hellenic causes

PROFILE: Established in 1996, the Behrakis Foundation is the foundation of George and Margo Behrakis. A Greek-American born in Lowell, Massachusetts, George D. Behrakis became a salesperson for Johnson and Johnson, where he and his team created Tylenol. He went on to start his own company, Dooner Laboratories. The couple’s children also serve on the foundation’s board, and daughter Stephanie serves as executive director. Grantmaking areas of interest are the arts, education, health, and Hellenic causes.

The Behrakis family, via their foundation, supports select Boston organizations in the arts, health, education, and Hellenic causes. Grantees have included Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Boys and Girls Club of Lowell, Museum of Science, and The Brush Art Gallery and Studios. The couple once gave $10 million to Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Northwestern University, meanwhile, is home to The Behrakis Center, which houses the Schools of Health Professions, Nursing, and Pharmacy. Overall, the foundation looks to help the community prepare for new economic opportunities.

The foundation’s grantmaking has been modest of late, with a few hundred thousand dollars being awarded annually. Learn more about foundation giving in the funder’s recent tax records. The family has made significant contributions to Boston institutions through the years, and Boston is a major area of geographic focus. The foundation does not publicize its grantmaking guidelines.

In the past, the foundation has accepted unsolicited grant applications which include a summarizing cover letter, a narrative proposal, project and agency budgets, copies of the most recent IRS ruling, a financial statement and audit report, and a list of the board of directors. For more information, contact Stephanie Behrakis-Liakos at sliakos@behrprivfdn.com or 781-861-9114.

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