The J.B. Thomas Lahey Foundation

Fulfilling the wishes of two generous visionaries

The J.B. Thomas Lahey Foundation allocates up to $50,000 to support initiatives that are designed to benefit the general health and well-being of Peabody residents.

THE HISTORY
A donation made more than a century ago evolved into a gift of health to residents of Peabody, Massachusetts.

In 1898, Josiah B. Thomas, a prominent manufacturer and citizen who took an active part in the government of Peabody, left $50,000 in his will to establish a hospital in town. In 1907, the J.B. Thomas Hospital was opened.

Decades later, Louis Marques, the son of Portugese immigrants, was born at the hospital. A lifelong Peabody resident and security guard at Eastman Gelatine for 41 years, he wanted to help people with health-related problems. In his will, he bequeathed substantial funds to the J.B. Thomas Hospital, which was then owned by the City of Peabody.

When the hospital became the Lahey Medical Center, Peabody, these funds were used to create the J.B. Thomas/Lahey Foundation. A five-member board was established to oversee the distribution of income from the funds generated by this Foundation.

The mission of the J.B. Thomas/Lahey Foundation is as follows:
“The Foundation may distribute the net income of this fund to advance and support healthcare-related programs that primarily benefit the citizens of Peabody, Massachusetts, and to facilitate and encourage joint ventures between the Foundation and other healthcare providers in connection with any and all such programs.”

Today, the Foundation continues to welcome applications to support projects and initiatives that carry on the wishes of J.B. Thomas and Louis Marques.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Eligible applicants include individuals and groups from Peabody and any surrounding towns that serve Peabody residents, whose goal is to improve community health. The Foundation will allocate up to $50,000 for a project.

HOW TO APPLY
To apply for a grant, you must submit a letter of intent. The letter should include a brief description of you and/or your organization, including your contact information.

You should also include a summary of:
  • The nature of your project
  • The target population
  • The geographic area(s) that will be served
  • An estimate of the number of individuals to be served by your project
  • The total project cost
  • The dollar amount requested
This letter should not be more than two pages long. The J.B. Thomas/Lahey Foundation will accept only one letter of intent per applicant.

Applications are reviewed and a decision made within one month of submission. If you are requesting $25,000 or more, you may be asked to give a presentation to the J.B. Thomas/Lahey Foundation Board.

The letter of intent should be mailed to:
Nicole DeVita, Senior Vice President, Operations
Lahey Medical Center, Peabody
One Essex Center Drive
Peabody, MA 01960


If you have any questions, please call Nicole DeVita at 978.538.4506 or send an email to Nicole.G.Devita@lahey.org.

PAST PROJECTS FUNDED
More than $500,000 in grants has been awarded by the J.B. Thomas/Lahey Foundation. Projects supported in the past include:
  • A healing garden at the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center at Lahey Medical Center, Peabody
  • Scholarship to graduating seniors pursuing a degree in the medical field
  • Produce from local farms at a farmers' market for seniors, held in conjunction with the Peabody Council on Aging
  • A simulation lab and mock exam rooms at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School as part of a program to expose students to a career in medical assisting
  • A kitchen at the Haven From Hunger in Peabody