Access to high quality health care, particularly for those disadvantaged members of the community, was an issue of great importance to Tom and Jean Yawkey. Tom Yawkey was instrumental in the founding of Georgetown Memorial Hospital, which brought much-needed health care to the rural area of Georgetown, South Carolina. In addition, Tom and Jean Yawkey first lent their extraordinary support to Dr. Sidney Farber by initiating the Red Sox relationship with Dr. Farber and The Jimmy Fund in 1953. Their commitment went beyond financial support. Tom played a prominent role in the founding of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through his role as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Jean followed him in that role. Through their personal commitment, the Yawkeys inspired countless Red Sox players to have a role in supporting the young patients cared for at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This commitment by the Yawkeys inspired the entire Boston community to believe that cancer could be conquered. It has been said that Tom Yawkey saved an entire generation of children through his commitment to the Jimmy Fund.
The Yawkey Foundations have continued the Yawkeys' legacy of supporting organizations that bring health care services to our community particularly through grants that have helped leading medical institutions expand their footprint and ability to provide expert medical care. The Foundations have supported construction and renovation projects at Boston Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Franciscan Hospital for Children, Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, New England Baptist Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and UMASS Memorial Medical Center.
Understanding the real link between medical needs and behavioral health needs, particularly in children, the Foundations have played a leading role in supporting organizations providing behavioral and mental health treatment programs. Support in this area has included grants to provide counseling, psychological support, and medical support for pediatric organizations serving children in need.
Please note that capital grants in the health care category are by invitation only.