Life Science Cares Raises $605K for Greater Boston Nonprofits
October 11, 2020 — Life Science Cares, a Cambridge-based nonprofit that provides human and financial resources to eliminate the impact of poverty in Greater Boston, this week announced it raised $605,000 to support end-of-year grant making to nonprofits providing basic human services, education, and economic sustainability programs.
Addressing the organization’s annual Impact Breakfast, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick said, “The line between business and government or business and civil society is a lot brighter in this country than it is elsewhere. Collaborating to solve problems across those lines leads to creative solutions in other places and we could stand to do more of that here.”
Sarah MacDonald, executive director of Life Science Cares (LSC), reported that since March, 600 Massachusetts biopharma executives and employees raised $1.8 million granted weekly to organizations providing shelter, medical care and food during the coronavirus pandemic.
She added that LSC partnered with local hospitals to recruit individuals with clinical and medical training and those who could help in non-clinical settings on the frontlines, and created virtual volunteer opportunities for individuals and families–from mentoring STEM students and rising college graduates to collecting food and clothing donations.
New to this year’s breakfast, companies participated in the Life Science Cares Corporate Fundraising Challenge, a friendly competition in which companies rallied employees to engage in peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns to raise money to support the organization’s 27 nonprofit partners.
Those partners are:
Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
Breakthrough Greater Boston
Circle of Hope
Cradles to Crayons
Food for Free
Hope & Comfort
International Institute of New England
Madison Park Development Corporation
Pine Street Inn
The Possible Project
Room to Grow
Science from Scientists
Tech Goes Home
Waltham Fields Community Farm
The Wily Network
Since its founding in 2016, LSC has worked with more than 350 life science, biotech, and medical technology companies to distribute more than $3.5 million in grants to 42 community organizations. In addition, Life Science Cares has directed more than 12,000 hours of community service from volunteers from the sector.
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