Kraft Family philanthropies
Leadership Partnerships
Mission
The Kraft Center for Community Health aims to catalyze innovative solutions to real world community health problems, execute solutions locally, and make them scalable and ready to spread nationally to improve health outcomes for disadvantaged populations throughout the Commonwealth and nationally.
Description
The Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is focused on leading innovation in community health. The Center was established in 2011 by a generous gift from Robert Kraft to expand access to high quality, cost effective health care for disadvantaged individuals and families. Kraft has focused The Kraft Center’s initiatives on expanding access to high quality, frontline services to populations in need.
Focus area
The Four Stages of the Cycle of Innovation:
Examples

Mobile Health Initiative: An innovative mobile health initiative that brings together partners in preventive care, addiction services, and harm reduction to serve individuals not well-connected to health care, experiencing homelessness and/or living with addiction. Using an innovative partnership model, Community Care in Reach combats the opioid epidemic with accessible, on-demand care.

Cancer Care Equity: In 2018, The Kraft Center announced the launch of a new slate of projects aimed at reducing disparities in treatment and outcomes in cancer care in the Greater Boston area and beyond. With generous support from Pamela and Alan Trefler and The Trefler Foundation, these initiatives are led by both The Kraft Center and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center and aim to improve cancer care equity in underserved communities through community-based engagement and interventions, with a focus on innovative, sustainable solutions.

Community Health Training: The Kraft Center annually sponsors a summer internship opportunity for local students who are interested in pursuing jobs in the field of community health, continuing the proud tradition of cultivating future community health leaders.

Mission
REFORM Alliance aims to transform probation and parole by changing laws, systems and culture to create real pathways to work and wellbeing. A justice system that holds people accountable and redirects back to work and wellbeing leads to stronger families and safer communities. Instead of keeping people trapped in a revolving door from probation/parole to prison — which costs taxpayers billions of dollars — we’re working to move people from the justice system into stability.
Description
REFORM is bringing together bipartisan experts, system leaders, advocates, and policymakers on common-sense solutions to transform probation and parole, dramatically reduce the number of people needlessly trapped in the criminal justice system and significantly increase the number of people moving from supervision to work and wellbeing.
Focus area
Examples
Mission
The mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases.
Examples

Kraft Family Blood Donor Center: The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital expands the integration of life-saving blood and platelet donations for patients in need. The state-of-the-art facility, which was instituted in part by a $250,000 donation from Robert Kraft, collects blood and platelets and performs essential therapeutic procedures for patients at both Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Patriots Platelet Pedalers: The Patriots Platelet Pedalers ride in the Pan Massachusetts Challenge, a weekend-long charity bicycle ride to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Patriots Platelet Pedalers pedal together to support multiple myeloma research and development of novel therapies. More than 100 riders train each year to be part of the Pedalers team and together they have raised more than $12 million since 2008.

Additional: The Kraft family has also donated $5 million and aggregated donations totaling $8.9 million to Dana-Farber over the years to support programs to improve early cancer screenings, the prevention of cancer and treatment of cancer in women, and other services.