Founding Benefactors

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum was built as a national memorial to President Kennedy with private donations from over 36 million people worldwide. Designed and constructed by the private, non-profit John F. Kennedy Library Corporation, the building was formally presented to the American people at its dedication in 1979 and became the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. With the establishment of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in 1984, a public-private partnership was forged to support the work and programs of the Kennedy Library.

This partnership has benefited from the extraordinary generosity of individuals and organizations that helped launch and sustain our educational and public service programs. A display honoring the Founding Benefactors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation who made cumulative gifts of $100,000 to more than $1 million over two decades, was dedicated by Caroline Kennedy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy on November 27, 2006 and hangs in the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's Pavilion. 

Their early generosity is an inspiration for all time.

Founding Benefactors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

The Family of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy 


Altria Group, Inc.
American Airlines
The Armand Hammer Foundation
Bank of America
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
David and Mary Boies/Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Boston 2004, Inc.
Jack Manning/Boston Capital Foundation
The Boston Foundation
The Boston Globe
Boston Herald
David and Trixie Burke
CBS Corporation
Camrose & Kross, LLC
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Chestnut Hill Charitable Foundation
Citizens Bank Foundation
Citizens Energy Corporation
The Coca-Cola Company
Communications Workers of America
William F. and Margot C. Connell
Jill Ker Conway
T. Jefferson Coolidge/Coolidge Family Fund
Corcoran Jennison Companies
John and Diddy Cullinane
Charles U. and Christine Sullivan Daly/The Daly Fund
Marvin and Barbara Davis
Paul A. Dever Fund
C. Douglas Dillon/Dillon Fund
Marilyn and Gerard F. Doherty
Nancy and Richard K. Donahue
John and Kathe Dyson
EMC Corporation
The Robert and Eleanor Edgren Trust
Toni and Jack Fallon
Law Offices of Kenneth R. Feinberg, PC 
Freedom Forum
Irene Gardner
General Dynamics
Elma and Milton A. Gilbert
Carol and Avram Goldberg
Gourmet Caterers
Katharine Graham
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.
Harper Collins and News Corporation
Bill and Robie Harris
The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
H.J. Heinz Company Foundation
Carol and Patrick Hemingway
Arnold Hiatt
Ted Hoff and Kathleen O’Connell
Nicole and Thomas J. Hynes, Jr.
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
John Hancock Financial Services
The Joyce Foundation
Jurys Doyle Hotel Group
Stanley A. Kamen
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Gail and Paul G. Kirk, Jr.
Philip H. Knight
Marjorie Kovler Fund
Joanna Lau/Lau Technologies
Thomas H. Lee
Liberty Mutual Group
Lombard Family Foundation
The Lowell Institute
Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch
The Lynch Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Kevin and Polly Maroni
The Martin Agency
Mellon New England
Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
Arthur and Kathryn Murray
National Amusements
Rosemary and Thomas O’Keeffe
Leon A. Pennington and Mary E. Pennington Trusts
Michael, John and William Perik
Richard and Sally Phelps
Raytheon Company
Red Sox Foundation
Sumner M. Redstone
Carol and Robert E. Riley
Samalexa Charitable Foundation
Save America’s Treasures
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Fund
Serono, Inc.
The Walter H. and Phyllis J. Shorenstein Foundation
Susan and Alan Solomont
Theodore C. Sorensen Fund
The Tiffany & Co. Foundation
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
Universal Studios, Inc.
WBUR/Boston University
WCVB-TV/DT Channel 5
Dr. An Wang
Wasserman Foundation
Susan and Donald M. Wilson
Alicia and Vince Wolfington
Yawkey Foundation II
The Roy J. Zuckerberg Family Foundation