Jett Foundation Receives $1 Million Gift from Rob & Karen Hale

Jett Foundation is thrilled to share that we have received a $1 million endowment gift from Rob and Karen Hale through the Fox Rock Foundation, the couple’s family foundation established alongside their adult children, Trevor, Thomas, and Brett. The funds will be used at the foundation’s discretion to sustain and expand the organization’s direct-service programming and advocacy for individuals and families impacted by Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

“This is a wonderful moment for Jett Foundation and we are honored by this incredible act of philanthropy from the Fox Rock Foundation and the Hale family,” said Eric Snyder, Executive Director.

Jett Foundation’s mission is to empower people and families impacted by Duchenne muscular dystrophy through the development of transformative programming, educational opportunities, and ongoing support for every stage of a Duchenne journey. Together with the support of donors like the Hale family, in this past year alone Jett Foundation provided over 200 individuals with week-long in-person and virtual summer camp opportunities, educated over 500 community participants through its educational webinar series, provided support and grief management to over 190 moms, grandmothers and caregivers through its monthly parent support group program, and provided accessible vans and emergency grants to dozens of families in need through its Jett Giving Fund.

“Over the past few years we have had the privilege of supporting Jett Foundation and coming to know the deep impact of Jett Foundation’s family-focused programs,” says Karen Hale. “We are excited to help ensure the future of Jett Foundation as they aim to serve as many families in the Duchenne community nationwide as they can.”

The gift comes at a pivotal moment in Jett Foundation’s history, with the organization having recently undergone an extensive three-year strategic plan.

“Our new strategic plan maps out a path forward to advance the impact of the programming our community loves and depends upon while focusing on reaching more people impacted by Duchenne nationwide,” says Snyder. “The Hale’s gift will help make this vision a reality, strengthening today’s programs while solidifying our future.”

Thanks to the Hales’ philanthropy, and the ongoing generosity of Jett Foundation friends and supporters, the future is bright for our long-term ability to provide transformational programming to the Duchenne muscular dystrophy community.

About Fox Rock Foundation
Fox Rock Foundation is the private family foundation established by Karen and Rob Hale and their adult children, Trevor, Thomas, and Brett, to inspire health in our communities and our environment, with more opportunity for all. Building on the philanthropy of the Hales and their businesses, Fox Rock Foundation supports a wide variety of organizations within four principal areas of giving: education, health and wellbeing, conservation, and equality.

The Foundation’s current focus is a series of grant partnerships with small and mid-sized nonprofits making a difference on a variety of causes in New England and beyond. Fox Rock Foundation builds on the philanthropy of Granite Telecommunications, where Rob is founder and CEO, Granite Gives Back, FoxRock Cares, and other personal giving by the Hales. Through a variety of giving channels, the Hale family has pledged or donated more than $300 million to a broad range of worthy causes.

Media Requests:
Fox Rock Foundation:
Maggie Wilson, mwilson@foxrockfoundation.org
Jett Foundation: Gabriella Costa, gabriella@jettfoundation.org