In 1982, Jean Yawkey established Yawkey Foundation II to ensure the thoughtful legacy of giving that she and Tom Yawkey began would remain impactful long after their lifetimes. Through her direct involvement and active leadership during the last decade of her life, Jean Yawkey imprinted the Foundation with her own highly personal style of giving. Like Tom, she cared deeply for the people who lived and worked in the communities that she called home and sought to use her Foundation to help improve the lives of those in need.

The Trustees of Yawkey Foundation II have sought to emulate the Yawkeys' tradition of giving in the areas of Education, Health Care, Human Services, Youth and Amateur Athletics, Arts and Culture, and Conservation and Wildlife.