Cardio Center Ribbon Cutting

Foundation Trustees at the ribbon cutting for the new Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

News & Events

Linda Waintrup Named President

In 2015, Linda Waintrup, one of the three daughters of Carl and Ruth Shapiro, became President of the Foundation.  Together with the other Trustees, Linda is guiding the Foundation through a transitional time to assess its past work, decide on priorities and determine future directions.  Grant making, while currently on a restricted budget, has resumed.

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Remebering Ronny Zinner
It is with great sadness that the Foundation announces the loss of its President, Rhonda S. Zinner.  While Ronny’s vision and thoughtful stewardship will be sorely missed, her legacy of social justice and personal empowerment will continue to inspire the Foundation and its work. Read More..


2013 Report on Foundation Activities
In 2013, the Foundation made grants for both capital projects and its community-based Strategic Initiatives. The capital grants were not new, but represented payments of multi-year pledges made to several health, education and cultural institutions in the Boston area. The community-based grants were new and were the result of competitive applications submitted in response to RFPs developed for each Initiative area. Read More..


2012 Report on Foundation Activities
In 2012, the Foundation continued both its capital and community-based grant making, fulfilling pledges made to large institutions and making some new grants to smaller organizations. It completed its 4-year commitment to its College Scholarship Initiative, celebrating the graduation success of all 18 of the Shapiro Family Scholars. Read More..


2011 Report on Foundation Activities
2011 Report on Foundation Activities
In 2011, the Shapiro Family Foundation was pleased to resume its grant making in all areas in which it was active prior to the disruption brought on by the Madoff investment fraud.  As promised, it maintained its commitments to multi-year grantees while offering new grants to community-based organizations through three strategic grant initiatives.  In addition, it continued its support for students in its College Scholarship Initiative. Read More..


Ruth Shapiro
In the fall of 2012 the Foundation lost the quiet inspiration and generous benevolence of its co-founder, Ruth Shapiro, when she passed away at the age of 95. Read More..


2010 Report on Foundation Activities
In 2010, the Shapiro Family Foundation continued to face the financial challenges that had presented themselves in 2009.  Staying the same course it had adopted last year, the Foundation maintained its pledge to fulfill all previous commitments to its nonprofit grantees and made special efforts to assist its community-based grantees with support “beyond the grant”. Read More..


2009 Report on Foundation Activities
The year 2009 presented special challenges to the Shapiro Family Foundation. Having suffered a significant loss of its assets to the fraudulent investment practices of Bernard Madoff in late 2008, the Foundation suspended all new grant making activities in 2009. However, in the face of this difficult circumstance, it made two commitments to its grantees: 1) It would continue to pay on all current grant agreements; and 2) It would undertake special efforts to reach out to its community-based grantees to offer support “beyond the grant”. Read More..


Statement from The Shapiro Family Foundation on Grant Making Status for 2009:
January 30, 2009-- The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation regrets to announce that it will not award any new grants or make any new capital pledges in 2009. The Foundation made this difficult decision as a result of losing a significant portion of its assets due to the fraudulent actions of Bernard Madoff, head of Bernard L. Madoff Investments, LLC. Read More..


Statement from The Shapiro Family Foundation on the Madoff Fraud case:
December 16, 2008-- The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation was shocked and horrified to learn about the allegations against Mr. Madoff, who has long been considered a trusted and effective leader in the investment field. The Shapiro Family Foundation did have significant assets invested with Mr. Madoff. We are currently reviewing the situation and assessing all options available to recover those funds. Read More..


Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation Support New State-of-the-Art Cardiovascular Center
July 2008 -- The new Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital opened its doors in July 2008. Located at 75 Francis Street, it is the most advanced cardiovascular care facility in the world, designed to support one of the world’s leading teams of cardiovascular experts. Read More..



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