The Boston Scientific Foundation
The Boston Scientific Foundation’s mission is to improve health and open up educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged persons, with an emphasis on communities where Boston Scientific employees live and work in the United States.
Spotlight on Employee Community Teams
The legacy of caring at Boston Scientiﬁc has a strong and consistent presence in our work, and in our commitment to others. Evidence of our caring culture can be seen in the work of the Boston Scientiﬁc Foundation’s Employee Community Teams (ECTs). Each year, Employee Community Teams located in California, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Minnesota, dedicate time to evaluate applications submitted to the Boston Scientiﬁc Foundation.
ECT members are made up of employees from across the organization who take the time to read and evaluate applications, call and visit potential grantees (organizations that may benefit from a Foundation grant) and convene as a group to make final recommendations to the Boston Scientific Foundation Board twice a year
Girls Inc. - Empowering Girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold
Girls Incorporated of Lynn, Massachusetts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold. Support from the Boston Scientific Foundation allowed Girls Inc. to offer Operation SMART, one of its hallmark programs, built on a philosophy of equity, exploration, empowerment and fun. Hands-on activities provide girls opportunities to explore, ask questions and solve problems.
A major component of Operation SMART is the Eureka! summer STEM program. Eureka! offers girls entering the 9th grade the chance to participate in Beach Sisters, an environmental and marine science class where they learn how humans interact with the environment and wildlife. One goal of the Beach Sisters class is to transform the girls into environmental stewards who can make a difference in their community. During the summer of 2017 girls studied how pollution can affect marine life. They also learned how to reduce the impact humans have on the environment by participating in a beach cleanup at Nahant Beach, located on the North Shore of Boston.
Our health-related grants aim to improve the health of those with significant unmet needs by enhancing access and quality of care, and supporting disease prevention and awareness efforts.
Our primary focus is improving educational opportunities and skill development for those who are economically disadvantaged or otherwise at risk of not achieving their full potential. Of particular interest are innovative programs and services which increase learning within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) disciplines for K-12 students.
Since 2002, we have donated more than $32 million dollars to support innovative community organizations that are making a difference in the health and education for people of all ages. Our impact has been both immediate and long-lasting, as we aim for our support to help bring about systematic change. Note: A report of the grants made by the Boston Scientific Foundation can be found in the Foundation’s IRS 990 filings and in our Annual Reports.