About The Foundation


In May 2000, the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) House of Delegates established the MMS and Alliance Charitable Foundation as a supporting organization of the MMS. The Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is a mechanism for consolidating the MMS's charitable giving to the community into one entity, building on the activities of the former MMS Committee on Community Action and the MMS Alliance Charitable and Educational Fund.


The mission of the Foundation is to support the charitable and educational activities of the MMS and the MMS Alliance; including but not limited to developing and nurturing cooperation between individuals, the professions, institutions, and the community to creatively address issues that affect the health, benefit, and welfare of the community.

Vision: Promoting Equitable Health Outcomes

The Massachusetts Medical Society asserts that enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, in all its dimensions, including health care, is a basic human right. We must work to understand and acknowledge the root causes and structural and social drivers of health inequities.

Through its Board of Directors, the Foundation will award grants to non-profit organizations with a demonstrated commitment to communities that have been historically marginalized or made vulnerable and are focused on one or more of the following:

  • expanding access to high quality healthcare,
  • addressing the drivers of health,
  • reducing disparities in health,
  • promoting more equitable healthcare.

Additionally, the Foundation awards individual grants, also known as our Global Health Studies grants, to fund medical students and resident physicians who are pursuing international education that focuses on under resourced populations. By subsidizing up to $2,000 of travel expenses, we hope to contribute to the development of culturally competent physicians who are prepared to serve both local and international communities with humility and respect.

Staff and Directors

2022-2023 Board of Directors

Lee S. Perrin, MD, Chair
Beri O. Songna, MD, Vice Chair
Sophia X. Bogdasarian
Bonnie G. Dunlap
Caitlin Farrell, DO
Louis E. Fazen III, MD, MPH
Shaan C. Gandhi, MD, MBA
Gail Gordon Sanchez
Lynda G. Kabbash, MD
Sahdev R. Passey, MD
Hugh M. Taylor, MD


Jennifer Day, Director

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2023-2024 Grants

The Foundation awarded $183,500 to 16 Massachusetts non-profits addressing the most vulnerable in our communities, with the majority of the funds awarded supporting access to health care, behavioral health services, and food insecurity. Additionally, $12,000 was awarded to six medical students and four resident physicians to offset travel and lodging expenses for study abroad.

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Our Donors

We would like to acknowledge all of those who have donated generously to the Foundation during the past year. Thank you!

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Become a Member of our Recurring Gift Program

Generous contributions from members and friends of the Foundation are vital to sustaining our programs.

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