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Sailors' Snug Harbor of Boston, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-07-22

At A Glance

Sailors' Snug Harbor of Boston, Inc.

77 Summer St., 8th Fl.

Boston, MA United States 02110-1006

Telephone: (617) 426-7080


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-04-30)

Assets: $7,977,345

Total giving: $423,950





Additional Contact Information

Tel. and e-mail for Gracelaw Simmons, Admin.: (617) 426-7080, ext. 312;


Established in 1852 in MA - A group of Boston businessmen and civic leaders established Sailors' Snug Harbor of Boston in 1852 to offer aged seamen a comfortable asylum, a Snug Harbor, secure from storms or shipwrecks. The organization managed this retirement home until 1970, when the trustees decided to sell the property and use the proceeds to create a grantmaking foundation that would support the charitable work of other nonprofit organizations.

Purpose and Activities

Giving to help current and former fishing families in MA achieve sustainable self-sufficiency, as well as to help Greater Boston’s low-income elderly population live independently .

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Grants to Individuals Program

Welfare assistance to aged sailors, primarily in the Boston, MA, area.

Fields of Interest

  • Diseases and conditions
  • Family services
  • Health
  • Human services
  • Senior services
Population Groups
  • Adults
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Homeless people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Seniors
  • Associations

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-04-30

Assets: $7,977,345 (market value)

Expenditures: $541,266

Total giving: $423,950

Qualifying distributions: $466,984