About Boston Center for Blind Children
Board of Directors
William G. McDevitt III
Caroline B. Grady
Anne V. McBride
John T. Bennett, Jr.
Director of Grants
Joel Mittelman, CFA
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.
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.