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Jane's Trust

Important Announcement

Jane’s Trust was created through the beneficence of Jane Bancroft Cook, who died in 2002. Mrs. Cook was known in the communities where she lived as a down-to-earth woman who was generous to the core. The Trust has continued in that spirit of generosity, since its first grants in 2003 to the present.

Since its inception, Jane’s Trust has awarded over 1,000 grants totaling more than $150 million to nonprofit organizations in greater Boston, northern New England, and Florida focused on education, environment, health and welfare, and arts and culture. The average grant over that time was approximately $110,000, and grants were made to support operating, program, capital, and endowment needs.

Jane’s Trust was created with a finite charitable life span. The Trust will end its charitable giving by 2022. It made its final competitive grants in 2020, and will make grants in 2021 and 2022 through a Trustee-directed wind-down process.

The Trust will not accept applications after 2020. The Trustees are currently developing their plans for how their final grants will be allocated. These grants will be made by invitation only. Organizations that are being considered for grants beyond 2020 will be notified directly by the Trust.

The Trust will issue a final publication in 2022 that outlines the Trust’s grant history and honors the great work of its grantees.

Grant History

2019 Grants
2018 Grants

2017 Grants

2016 Grants

2015 Grants

2014 Grants
2013 Grants
2012 Grants
2011 Grants
2010 Program Summary
2010 Grants
2009 Program Summary
2009 Grants
2008 Program Summary
2008 Grants
2007 Program Summary
2007 Grants
2006 Program Summary
2006 Grants
2005-2004 Program Summary
2005 Grants
2004 Grants


Jane’s Trust is administered at Hemenway & Barnes LLP, 75 State Street, 16th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts. The Trustees are:

Martha S. Robes
Jean B. Stevenson
Elizabeth Steele
Nancy B. Gardiner, Esq.
Kurt F. Somerville, Esq.

All inquiries regarding Jane’s Trust should be directed to Philanthropic Advisory Services, Hemenway & Barnes LLP. Contact information is listed below. 

Gioia C. Perugini, Program Officer,

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