Foley Hoag Foundation

Supporting Our Cities

The Foley Hoag Foundation's mission is to support programs addressing inequality in its various forms, including racial, ethnic, gender, and wealth disparities in all three of the firm's U.S. cities; Greater Boston, New York City, and metropolitan Washington, D.C.; and to raise awareness about these issues

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The Foundation’s roots trace back to Boston’s landmark school desegregation case in which Foley Hoag successfully represented the plaintiffs pro bono. Using fees awarded to the firm, the partners of Foley Hoag established the Foley Hoag Foundation in 1980. Since 1981, the Foundation has awarded more than $3,200,000 in grants to over 440 organizations.

A five-member Board of Trustees, including three firm partners, guide the work of the Foundation. Lawyers and others at Foley Hoag play an active role in the activities of the Foundation, including reviewing grant proposals and recommending grantees to the Foundation's trustees
  • Mossik Hacobian, Executive Director, Higher Ground
  • Michael B. Keating, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP
  • James T. Montgomery, Jr., Partner, Foley Hoag LLP
  • Jeffrey B. Mullan, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP
  • Jeanne Pinado, Executive Vice President, Collier International
  • Madeleine K. Rodriguez, Partner, Boston
  • Ross Margulies, Partner, Washington, D.C.
  • Sophia Sun, Associate, Boston
  • Peter A. Sullivan, Partner, New York

"There is Always Light"

Learn more about our efforts in the Foley Hoag Foundation 2021 Annual Report


Grant Rounds


The Foley Hoag Foundation was established by the law firm of Foley Hoag in 1981. Originally focused on improving race relations among youth in Greater Boston, the Foundation’s mission is now broadened to support programs in Greater Boston, New York City and metropolitan Washington, D.C., addressing inequality in its various forms, including but not limited to racial, ethnic, gender and wealth disparities. Preference is given to innovative projects where a small grant is likely to make a meaningful difference. Through its grantmaking activities, the Foundation is committed to creating communities in which all members share equitably in the knowledge, wealth and resources of society and are free to achieve their full potential. The Foundation hopes that its funding interests and activities will encourage other firms and professional organizations to become more involved in community-based philanthropy.

The Trustees have added several refinements to the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy in an attempt to deepen and improve the impact of its funding on the complex and multi-faceted problem of inequality.

  • A preference for requests from smaller organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $500,000, where a small grant is likely to have a high impact.
  • A preference for funding organizations with diverse boards and staff—or with active plans to diversify organizational leadership—that reflect the constituency of communities served.
  • Interest in leveraging support either by making conditional or challenge grants.
  • A focus on Greater Boston, New York City, and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Proposals for New York City and Washington, D.C. will be accepted by invitation-only.
Because of limited grant resources, and in fairness to all applicants, grants are generally awarded for one year only. The Foundation prefers project-related requests, but will also consider general operating requests.

Application Deadlines

The Foundation meets in December and June of each year. The next application deadline is April 1, followed by a fall application deadline of October 1. The Boston program employs an open application process. Proposals from Washington and New York City-based organizations will be considered by invitation-only.

Application Procedures

Organizations interested in applying to the Foundation are welcome to contact staff prior to applying.

To Register in the Application System

  • Click on Create New Account
  • Enter your personal contact information
  • Enter your organization’s contact information
  • Click on the Proceed to Next Step button
After you have registered your account you will be directed to the Application Status Page.
  1. Start New Application  — This allows you to review the available grants and apply. Enter “foley” as the Access Code.
  2. Application Status  — This is your homepage where you can check on the status of your grants. This page will display the form you just filled out, what its status is and what the next form will be.

To apply now, please click here.

Contact Information

Chaletta Huertas, Administrator
Foley Hoag Foundation
c/o GMA Foundations
2 Liberty Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: 617-391-3098