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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


Marianne Riggio

Marilyn Novich

Todd Grady


John T. Bennett, Jr.

In Loving Memory


Mary Turpin

Grant Coordinator

Jeff Cleven


Joel Mittelman, CFA

Investment Manager

Donald E. Boucher



Mission Statement

The Boston Center for Blind Children has a long-standing history dating back to 1901 of engaging in charitable activities and programs that provide care and financial assistance to visually impaired children and their families.

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

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


Our goal is to continue to grow our portfolio through prudent funds management combined with donor support. That will enable BCBC 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 that request funds to enhance services for the blind and vision impaired population in MA.

BCBC is an approved 501(c)(3) private foundation that awards 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 by increasing access to programs.

Literacy and Vision Programs

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

School, Camp, and Respite Programs

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

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