We fund Innovation

Since 1986, The Trust Family Foundation has funded numerous innovative projects and programs that are pivotal in creating long-term benefits within Jewish Philanthropies, Education, Medical Technology and the Arts.

Apply For Funding: Read The Guidelines

Photo by Sam Cheng: The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank at the New England Aquarium.

Who We Are

The Trust Family Foundation is a charitable foundation.  The Board of the Foundation is composed solely of members of the Trust family.

The Foundation's interests, which reflect those of the family members, lie mainly in the areas of Jewish Philanthropies, Education, Medical Technology and the Arts.  From its inception, the Foundation has focused on the New England area where the Trust family has close ties.

While the Foundation supports both existing and start-up projects and programs, it looks especially to fund activities that combine any of the four areas of interest.  Of particular appeal are those undertakings that will lead to additional funding, resulting in the self-sustainment of the program, or that will create additional programs.

The Foundation's aim is to have funds clearly and decisively affect specific programs.  Any program which receives a grant will be carefully monitored.  This includes the requirement of regular, comprehensive reports to the Trustees by the project organizers detailing the status of the project, the use of the funds and their effect on the program.  In addition, visits by the Trustees of the Foundation may be made to the recipient organizations.

The Foundation does not provide unrestricted funds to organizations for endowments or to aid in general operating costs.

Funding Guidelines

The Trust Family Foundation focuses its efforts in four areas - Arts, Education, Jewish Philanthropies and Medical Technology - and concentrates its funding primarily in New England.

The Trust Family Foundation encourages proposals which integrate these four areas. The Trustees are interested in projects that leverage the Foundation's grants and that show collaborative efforts with other organizations. The Trustees place priority on creative projects which ultimately can be self-funding, affirm the mission of the Foundation, and demonstrate a high level of project development, management and organization.

Each year, The Trust Family Foundation receives many more worthy requests than it can support and limits the number of organizations to which it contributes on an annual basis in order to have a significant impact on those it chooses to fund.

Grants are NOT made for:

  • Individuals
  • Capital Campaigns
  • City or State Governments
  • Endowment Requests
  • Private Foundations
  • Public School Systems
  • Organizations outside of the United States of America
  • Unrestricted Gifts
  • Salaries

Please also note:

  • An organization must have an IRS ruling of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) and non-private foundation status under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code to be considered for funding.
  • Only one proposal from the same organization will be considered within a one-year period.
  • The Trust Family Foundation will not consider a proposal from an organization that has previously been rejected three (3) times.

The Initial Approach

In order to apply for funding, an organization must first make an initial approach via the Foundation website. An organization will then be contacted within sixty (60) days with either a rejection or a request for additional materials. No funding is provided based on the initial request.

  1. A brief written description, not to exceed 150 words, of the proposed project.
  2. The financial request for the Foundation.
  3. A copy of the most recent IRS ruling of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) and non-private foundation status under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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The Trust Family Foundation

(617) 213-8361