The Boston House is grateful to the following foundations and corporate sponsors for their philanthropic support this year. Their generosity helps enable The Boston House to continue to provide a home away from home for children with cancer and their parents to stay while seeking treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital.
Boston Children's Hospital
We give thanks to Boston Children’s Hospital for the many ways we collaborate in support of our children and families and for their generous philanthropic support of The House and our mission. The team we work with at Boston Children’s understands how important it is for families to have a comfortable and no cost home away from home close to the hospitals. The House helps to alleviate some of the stress that families feel when a child is going through cancer treatment. And to be close by can make all the difference.
Boston Children’s Hospital is dedicated to improving and advancing the health and well-being of children around the world through its life-changing work in clinical care, biomedical research, medical education and community engagement.
Boston Children's is ranked the number one pediatric hospital in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. It is home to the world's largest pediatric research enterprise, and it is the leading recipient of pediatric research funding from the National Institutes of Health. It is the primary pediatric teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School. Boston Children’s treats more children with rare diseases and complex conditions than any other hospital.
We are grateful to be able to partner with Boston Children’s and thank them for all that they do for The House and our families.
The Ilene Beal Charitable Foundation
We are grateful to The Ilene Beal Charitable Foundation for their generous philanthropic contribution in support of our gardens and landscaping. We hope this peaceful outdoor space will provide a place for families to take time to breathe in the fresh air and relax for a moment or two. While Ilene passed away at the age of 69 on August 1, 2015 after living with cancer for many years, we believe she would have been delighted to know that she helped provide a space for families to enjoy nature and the beauty of the world around us.
Ilene was a graduate of Wellesley College and a devoted member of the Class of 1967. She enjoyed an extremely successful career in the Boston banking community spanning three decades. She was a female pioneer in the field and served as a kind, thoughtful and encouraging mentor to countless young women as they pursued their own dreams of a career in finance. Ilene was known for her intelligence, meticulous attention to detail, dedication and generosity of spirit.
Ilene’s legacy lives on through her beloved friends, college classmates and colleagues and the work of the Ilene Beal Charitable Foundation. We hope our families will take time to enjoy the lovely space in The House’s yard supported by Ilene’s foundation.
To learn more about The Ilene Beal Charitable Foundation and Ilene’s life please visit The Foundation’s website here.
Digital Federal Credit Union
We are grateful to Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU) for their generous support of The Boston House and our mission to provide a safe and comfortable home away from home for children with cancer and their parents while they seek treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital.
DCU was chartered in 1979, the same year that The House was established. During that time, DCU has been chosen as the credit union for more than 700 companies and organizations. And they serve more than 850,000 members and their families in all 50 states.
As a socially responsible organization, DCU is committed to partnering with organizations that make a difference in the areas they serve so that they can give back to their communities.
Digital Federal Credit Union’s consistent philanthropic support over the past six years has made a difference to The Boston House and to our families.
The Flatley Foundation
The Boston House: Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer is greatly appreciative of the generous and thoughtful support provided by The Flatley Foundation to help us continue to provide a comfortable and safe home away from home for those families that need us most. This year due to COVID-19, The House made the difficult decision to cancel our 25th annual golf tournament and auction which is our largest and most successful fundraising initiative of the year. The Flatley Foundation graciously and generously stepped in to provide the current use funds we rely on to keep The House open and available to children with cancer and their parents 365 days a year.
The Flatley Foundation was established through the generosity of Thomas J. and Charlotte E. Flatley many years ago. Their vision was to provide ongoing support to local and national causes largely focused on health care, education and other social-service related nonprofits. Given Mrs. Flatley’s nursing education, we hope she would have been particularly delighted to be able to help provide access to outstanding health care to young children. Their legacy and generosity of spirit lives on through their children and the significant impact their philanthropy has had for so many. The Foundation’s mission based on a quote from Mother Teresa of “A hand in need is helped by a hand in deed” has been demonstrated by their generosity to The Boston House this year. We remain forever grateful.
The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation
The Boston House: Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer is grateful to The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation for their generous unrestricted leadership gift in support of The House’s current use needs which is critical in enabling us to continue to be here for those families that need us most. Especially during these challenging times of COVID-19, we are committed to keeping our doors open to provide as safe of a home away from home as possible.
The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation was established in 2011 by Harold Brown, late founder and chairman emeritus of the Hamilton Company. Mr. Brown was known for his generosity, quick wit and no-nonsense approach. From the beginning, The Foundation has focused their support on Boston charities, nonprofits and neighborhoods that The Hamilton Company serves. They are especially dedicated to providing philanthropic support to educational, recreational and other organizations that serve children. Mr. Brown’s family foundation, with his brother Ronald serving as their chairman, continues his long and admired legacy of generosity to their neighbors.
Roy A. Hunt Foundation
The Boston House gives thanks for the ongoing generous philanthropic support from the Roy A. Hunt Foundation. The Foundation has been one of our most consistent and generous donors for many years. The Foundation’s mission of supporting organizations that strive to improve the quality of life is in direct alignment with The House’s goal of providing a much-needed home away from home to children with cancer and their parents.
The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has a long and celebrated history of philanthropy. Roy Arthur Hunt and his wife Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt established the Hunt Foundation in 1951. Following the passing of Mr. Hunt in 1966, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation was established through his estate plans. The trustees first met in 1967 and the two foundations merged in 1994 and remain committed to their mission.
In the past year, the Foundation allocated grants totally an impressive $3.4 million to organizations throughout the United States and the world. Their impact is profound, and The Boston House remains grateful for their support.
The Boston House: Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer is delighted to have received generous philanthropic support from Ipsen again this year. Ipsen is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on innovation and special care. It develops and commercializes medicines in three key therapeutic areas – Oncology, Rare Disease and Neuroscience. They are dedicated to providing hope for patients whose lives are challenged by unmet medical needs. Ipsen US believes “we have a clear mission to improve patients’ lives” which is in direct alignment with The Boston House and our mission.
As well as Ipsen’s dedication to improving the lives of patients, Ipsen is also firmly committed to protecting the environment and supporting civil society and the communities in which they operate. The company has pledged “to promote ethical, responsible, and transparent professional practices”.
While they are an international company, Ipsen’s North American operations are located in Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We are grateful to have Ipsen as a member of The Boston House community and are thankful for their support of our families.
Maine Cancer Foundation
The Boston House: Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer is grateful for the generous leadership support provided to The House from Maine Cancer Foundation for the next two years through their ambitious Challenge Cancer 2020 initiative.
Maine Cancer Foundation was established in 1976 by a small group of concerned Maine residents and is a public fundraising foundation. They have awarded over $12 million since 2015 in support of their ongoing Challenge Cancer 2020 initiative, focused on prevention, early detection and screening, and access to care for all Mainers. They raise funds through various events and initiatives and then directly invest the funds in organizations throughout Maine, and a few organizations outside of the state that support their mission. The Foundation is dedicated to reducing cancer incidence and mortality rates in Maine and 100% of the funds they raise are invested back into Maine communities to benefit the people of Maine. Helping to provide access to the best care for Maine families, no matter where they live, or their financial circumstances is a critical objective.
This is where The Boston House comes in. Over the past five years, 96 Maine families have traveled from 67 different communities throughout Maine to stay at The House. These families have spent a total of 2,111 nights with us. Maine Cancer Foundation will help Maine children with cancer and their families gain access to the best possible cancer treatments at our hospital partners Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital. The Foundation’s commitment to helping their own is inspiring.
Phyllis W. McGillicuddy Charitable Trust
The Boston House: Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer greatly appreciates the generous and thoughtful philanthropic support from the Phyllis W. McGillicuddy Charitable Trust. The Trust is a private foundation established by the late Phyllis W. McGillicuddy of Barnstable, Massachusetts. Her charitable interests were primarily in the fields of education and medical care and research, and the trustees continue to place special emphasis on those areas.
Over the past four years the Trust has supported our general operating budget as well as our taxi voucher program to help alleviate one financial concern for our families. In addition to medical expenses, there are substantial out-of-pocket expenses including travel, food, parking and childcare for siblings that families face each day. Many parents must also leave work or take extended leaves of absences from work in order to be by their child’s side. Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our families' financial struggles have increased. The Trust’s support has been a gift to so many families that need our help now more than ever.
The Boston House: Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer gives thanks for the ongoing leadership gift support that we have received from Medical Information Technology, Incorporated (Meditech) since 1992. They are one of our most loyal and generous supporters which we greatly appreciate. The company is a Massachusetts based software service company selling information systems for healthcare organizations. A. Neil Pappalardo pioneered the idea that computers could enhance and improve the way we care for one another. Since the late 1960’s that concept has transformed access to medical care at 7,035 companies in the hospital and healthcare industry.
Meditech’s mission is to help build a world where every patient can access their healthcare information and participate in their own care, and every healthcare organization can serve their community quicker and more safely through cutting-edge technology with instant access to records, knowledge and data.
The Boston House is grateful to Meditech for their visionary work to provide access to healthcare information and through their ongoing generous support of The House they are also helping families gain access to world-class cancer treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. And as we all know, access is critical to achieving positive outcomes. Thank you for your gifts to us all.
Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards
The Boston House: Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer is delighted to have received generous philanthropic support from the Kraft family and the New England Patriots Foundation through the 2022 Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards program. Hank Shafran, one of The Boston House’s most dedicated volunteers for the past 42 years, was recognized as one of 26 volunteers “For going above and beyond to give back to their communities.”
The 2022 Myra Kraft Community MVP recipients range in age from 15 to 85 years old and represent every New England state. The selected nonprofits provide support for many causes, including education, domestic violence prevention, healthcare, homelessness, mentoring, and military support.
Since its inception, the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards program has recognized more than 450 volunteers and donated more than $3 million to support nonprofit organizations across New England. Board member emerita Carol Hancock was also a past recipient of this celebrated award.
The Kraft family and the New England Patriots Foundation received more than 250 applications this year from nonprofit organizations looking to recognize their outstanding volunteers. Thank you for your generous support of The House and for providing an opportunity for us to celebrate one of our most committed volunteers.
Mildred's Dream Foundation
The Boston House: Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer appreciates the thoughtful and generous grant from Mildred’s Dream Foundation, another organization with ties to the Brookline community.
Mildred “Millie” and her husband, Roy, raised their nine children in Brookline and taught them the importance of treating people with kindness and to try and make a difference each day. In addition to raising her family, Mildred held a full-time job and was a dedicated volunteer in the Brookline community. In celebration of the life she lived, her children established the Foundation in her honor. According to her family, “Mildred’s passion for and commitment to making the world a better place was evident in everything she said and did.”
We believe The House would have held a special place in her heart. And she certainly will be making a difference for so many families by helping to support a room this year. Millie’s legacy will live on through her generosity to our community. Thank you.
The Boston House: Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer is most grateful for the generous philanthropic support from One Mission through the Lift One Burden initiative which is helping us provide a no-cost home away from home for our families over the next two years. Families who have a child with cancer are burdened by many long- and short-term financial consequences which oftentimes includes requiring the need to secure housing close to the hospital. One Mission helps to “lift one burden” by providing a home away from home for the families that need it most. We can hear the sigh of relief when we share with families as they check-in at The House that the room charge for their stay is being supported by One Mission.
After Ashley and Ari Haseotes’ son received successful cancer treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital, they knew in their hearts that they wanted to help other families facing similar challenges. Since 2009, the organization has provided over $12.2 million of support to families through a wide range of important programs including Lift One Burden. One Mission is committed to doing whatever it takes to help children with cancer and their families. To date, One Mission has provided support to over 25,000 families and is known for their annual head shaving fundraiser, the “One Mission Buzz Off for Kids with Cancer.” The love, compassion and sensitivity that they provide to families is their ultimate gift.
The Boston House: Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer is grateful to have partnered with Slalom Boston on our recent database conversion project. The Boston House staff had the privilege of working with many talented members of the Slalom Boston team on this project that will increase our ability to connect with our community members in a more efficient and effective way. Slalom’s willingness to work on this initiative pro bono made an enormous difference to The House and we are thankful for their generous support.
Slalom Boston is on a mission to become one of the most impactful companies in Boston. Their team works with mission-driven companies, doing meaningful projects. They view themselves as connectors in the community, and their people love that they are focused on corporate citizenship, as well as serving their clients and people to an exceptional degree. They pride themselves in being an exceptional employer. And The Boston House’s experience collaborating with their team demonstrated their commitment to all of these values. It was a pleasure working with them on this project. Thank you!
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Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
The Boston House: Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer is grateful to the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation for their thoughtful and generous small capital grant to support The House’s project to seal the back parking deck which also serves as the roof for six apartments in our Annex. This is a much-needed capital improvement to our facilities, and we appreciate their gift very much.
The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation is a private family foundation awarding annual grants of approximately $15 million. Their philanthropy focuses on nonprofits in the Greater Boston area and select Gateway Cities in Eastern Massachusetts. One of the Foundation’s priorities is to help improve human health.
Richard A. Smith and Susan F. Smith established their family foundation in 1970. Both Richard and Susan were leadership donors and volunteer leaders at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with Susan working tirelessly to advance research and improve cancer care for women. We believe the Smiths would be pleased that part of their generous legacy has been designated to help provide children with cancer and their parents a no-cost, comfortable, home away from home while they seek treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Their legacy of philanthropy and commitment to volunteer roles lives on through their children and grandchildren.