The Behrakis Foundation: Boston Grants

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

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low profile and does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals.  

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, Education, Health, Hellenic Causes

PROFILE: 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 Behrakis Foundation was founded in 1996 by George Behrakis and his wife Margo. The couple’s kids also serve on the foundation’s board and daughter Stephanie serves as executive director.

The foundation’s grantmaking has been modest of late, with a few hundred thousand dollars moving through the door annually. The family has made significant contributions to Boston institutions through the years. They 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.

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 foundation accepts applications which should 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.


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The Behrakis Foundation accepts applications at this address:

Stephanie B. Liakos
80 Hayden Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421