Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund

Hemenway & Barnes LLP provides administrative oversight of The Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund, which makes grants for programs targeting the needs of elderly, infirm, homeless, as well as for programs addressing issues related to education, social justice and economic opportunity. Grants, except those related to reproductive health, are focused on programs in the Boston area. A foundation administrator from Hemenway & Barnes' philanthropic advisory services provides support to the trustees and manages the grant application and distribution process. The Fund's endowment is invested through the Hemenway & Barnes Trust Department. Arthur B. Page and Nancy B. Gardiner from Hemenway & Barnes serve as trustees and provide fiduciary and programmatic oversight over the Fund, in conjunction with their fellow trustee George Beal.

Funding Guidelines

The Fund’s areas of interest include organizations and/or projects supporting:

  • aid to the elderly
  • education for underserved youth
  • social services for vulnerable populations
  • reproductive health

The Fund does not typically support direct medical care or public policy advocacy.  

The Fund’s grantmaking is limited to organizations with compelling need in greater Boston, which is defined as the cities and towns that fall within Route 128 as far north as Lynn and as far south as Quincy. The Fund does, however, support US-based nonprofit organizations working internationally on issues related to reproductive health.  

Grants generally range between $5,000 and $10,000, subject to Trustee discretion.  The Trustees are interested in supporting organizations and projects for which a grant of this size can have a meaningful impact.

Applicant organizations must be exempt from federal tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not a private foundation within the meanings of section 509(a) of the Code.

Application and Schedule

The Trustees meet four times a year, in February, May, September and November, to review grant applications. Organizations may present only one proposal in a 12-month period. 

Complete proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. as follows:

  • January 15 for the February meeting
  • April 15 for the May meeting
  • August 15 for the September meeting
  • October 15 for the November meeting

In the case of a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the next regular business day.

Please click here for the updated grant application (revised October 2014).

Please email your application and attachments as one PDF to Susan Fish, Grants Administrator at sfish@hembar.com

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