NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Adage Capital Management
FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Health, Global Health, Boston community
OVERVIEW: Robert Atchinson and family move their philanthropy through the Robert and Michelle Cooke Atchinson Foundation. The family's philanthropy steadily supports select youth organizations in the Boston area. The Atchinsons are also interested in health and global health.
BACKGROUND: Robert George Atchinson received a BA from Hartwick College and an MBA from Stanford University. He served as a senior vice president and head of the Select Equity Group at the Harvard Management from 1991 to 2001. He went on to co-found Adage Capital Management.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: Atchinson and family, via their foundation, have supported Play Ball, which runs sports programming for youth; St. Joseph’s Preparatory School; Year Up; Inner-City Scholarship Fund; Campaign for Catholic Schools; Big Brother Big Sister Central Mass/Metrowest; and College of the Holy Cross, which has received particularly strong support recently. The Atchinsons are College of the Holy Cross parents and Robert was once a College of the Holy Cross trustee.
HEALTH: Grantees include Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Nantucket Cottage Hospital.
GLOBAL HEALTH: The Atchinsons support health organizations that work on a global level, including Care2Communities, which provides medical support for women; and Medicines for Humanity. They've supported Maranyundo Initiative, which advances girls' education.
BOSTON COMMUNITY: The family has supported Strategic Grant Partners, whose mission is to "partner with outstanding leaders with game changing ideas that improve the lives of children and families in Massachusetts." Atchinson's business partner, Phillip Gross, is a founder of Strategic Grant Partners.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Atchinsons to stick with their select interest areas.
The Robert and Michelle Cooke Atchinson Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:
The Robert and Michelle Cooke Atchinson Foundation
115 Commonwealth Ave., No. 2
Boston, MA 02116