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.
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.
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.
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.