Grants to 19 organizations support education, economic sustainability and anti-poverty programs throughout Greater Boston

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., December 6 – Life Science Cares, a breakthrough group of life science leaders and companies who aggregate human and financial resources and deploy them against poverty, today announced donations of more than $300,000 to 19 social service organizations devoted to the health, education and development of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations in New England.

The grants cap the organization’s first year and mark its arrival as a prominent new member of Boston’s philanthropic community. The grantees include Life Science Cares’ seven inaugural partner organizations as well as 12 additional organizations.

The recipients of this year’s grants include:

  • Food for Free, an organization fighting hunger which runs the Family Meals program, repurposing prepared foods into single-serving meals for people with limited access to kitchens.
  • More Than Words, a social enterprise that empowers youth in foster care, those involved in the court system, and those who are homeless or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.
  • The Possible Project, an enrichment program using entrepreneurship & design thinking as a framework to close the skills and opportunities gap facing young people with untapped potential.

(See below for a full list of recipients.)

Robert J. Perez, former CEO of Cubist Pharmaceuticals who is the founder and chairman of Life Science Cares, said, “We in Boston’s life science community have long tackled the most difficult and complex scientific challenges in order to serve patients in need. As an extension of our work bringing new treatments to patients, we now commit our time, talent and resources to tackle one of the most intractable issues facing our community: poverty. The response from companies and individuals has been amazing.”

In its initial year of service, Life Science Cares has organized the donation of prepared food that is providing 100 meals a week for hungry families, raised funds for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico and Texas, and matched life science industry employees with more than 1,750 hours of volunteer service.

“Life Science Cares is built around a unique model that enables companies of any size to pool their resources in order have the most impact with their philanthropy and volunteerism,” said Sarah MacDonald, the group’s executive director. “In this case, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and we expect that to be reflected in the partnerships we’re building with these grants.”

Added Bob Coughlin, President and CEO of MassBio, the leading life science industry organization in Massachusetts, “As one of the state’s leading industries, we have the responsibility to give back to our neighbors and communities in a meaningful way. Life Science Cares goes above and beyond what was initially thought possible by directly funding organizations who are making a difference. I congratulate the LSC team for making this essential effort a reality.”

Life Science Cares expects to make annual grants to fight poverty and improve education and economic sustainability in Greater Boston. For more information, please visit


Life Science Cares 2017 grant recipients

Name                                                              web site

Bay Cove Human Services/CASPAR      

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass. Bay   

Biomedical Science Careers Program   

Bottom Line                                          

Breakthrough Greater Boston             

Camp Harbor View                               

Citizen Schools                                     

College Bound Dorchester                   

Cradles to Crayons                               

Food for Free                                        

Home for Little Wanderers                  

International Institute of New England


LEAH Project                                         

More Than Words                                


Pine Street Inn                                      

The Possible Project                             

Year Up                                                 


Learn more about these organizations.