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About Boston Center for Blind Children


Board of Directors

(Volunteer Positions)

William G. McDevitt III


Caroline B. Grady


Anne V. McBride


John T. Bennett, Jr.

Director Emeritus


Jayne Carney

Director of Grants

Jeff Cleven


Joel Mittelman, CFA

Investment Manager


Mission Statement

The Boston Center For Blind Children has a longstanding history dating back to 1901 of engaging in charitable activities and programs which in the past provided care and  financial assistance to visually impaired children and families.

Over the years, the mission of BCBC has evolved into an organization that now focuses on allocating annual grants to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations who help to support the blind and visually impaired population of Massachusetts.

The leading causes of blindness and visual impairment for adults in the US these days are mostly age-related eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataract and diabetic retinopathy. In children, causes could include premature birth, genetic mutations, birth defects, nutritional deficiencies, and more.


Our goal is to continue to see our portfolio grow, through continued prudent funds management combined with donor support, so BCBC will be able to award more grant funding and to make a difference year after year.

What We Do

BCBC awards grants annually to 501(c)(3) organizations who request funds to enhance services to the blind and vision impaired population in MA.

BCBC is currently an approved 501(c)(3) private foundation, continuing it's mission by awarding financial grants to non-profit organizations that are aligned with our mission.  We are committed to maintaining sustainability in our grant making. Our funds are professionally managed, and our Board Members volunteer their services.

Recreational Programs

Helping children and adults enjoy nature, hiking and outdoor activities with increased access to programs.

Literacy & Vision Programs

Supporting children's reading programs, books in braille, and increased access to eye care programs.

School, Camp & Respite Programs

Assistance with funding for services that improve the experience for blind and visually impaired students.