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The Lynch Foundation


Established by Carolyn and Peter Lynch in 1987, the Lynch Foundation provides assistance to programs primarily in Massachusetts with an emphasis on education; culture and historic preservation; healthcare and medical research; and religious and educational efforts of the Roman Catholic Church. Carolyn Lynch is president and chief executive officer of the foundation.


The Lynch Foundation’s philanthropic strategy includes viewing a gift as an investment. In choosing charities, the foundation has found that both innovative ideas and strong leadership lead to success. For example, the foundation was one of the original investors in City Year and one of the initial foundations to fund Partners in Health, the organization founded by Dr. Paul Farmer which is responsible for dramatic breakthroughs in the treatment of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis. Through organizations like RENEW International, a program in the Catholic Church that strengthens parishes by enhancing spirituality and revitalizing laity involvement in the activities of life, the foundation seeks to identify and support charitable organizations that are sustainable and have the potential to multiply and serve the largest constituencies. The founders and trustees are committed to seeing the foundation’s resources used to the best advantage, awarding grants that are aligned with their mission and serve as a catalyst.


The Lynch Foundation is a private foundation managed by an executive director in conjunction with its volunteer board of trustees, president, and founders. The relationship between the Lynch Foundation and its grant recipients extends far beyond one of financial assistance. It is a partnership. The Foundation has structured its application process to allow a deep understanding of each potential grantee’s mission, goals, and needs.

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