2019 Genesis Prize Laureate Robert Kraft at a Make a Wish Foundation meeting with children

Robert Kraft and his various foundations have given away close to half a billion dollars to charity, focusing on education, healthcare, supporting underprivileged families, local youth programs and initiatives, and programs that foster cultural diversity and inter-faith understanding. Kraft is one of the largest donors to Jewish and Israeli causes, as well as a major investor in the Israeli economy.

Believing that the next generation of Jews deserves a strong connection to Israel, Kraft and his beloved late wife Myra founded multiple initiatives to inspire young American Jews to connect with Israel and his or her Jewish identity. Kraft funded the Hillel at Columbia University and Barnard College, where Hillel’s on-campus building has been renamed The Kraft Center for Campus Jewish Life. Kraft also established the American College Youth initiative at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, funding outreach and education programs for students. And having been raised in an observant Jewish home, Kraft contributes significantly to local synagogues and the Jewish Federation of Greater Boston (Combined Jewish Philanthropies).

Kraft founded the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation in 1994 to help cultivate creativity and character development among youth in New England and to foster cultural diversity, family services, education, and health. As a part of the Foundation’s activities, Kraft presents 26 Community “Most Valuable Player” (MVP) Awards annually to recognize local individuals who exemplify leadership and a commitment to improving their communities.

 The Kraft Center for Community Health / Partners Healthcare was launched by Kraft to improve the leadership of – and access to – quality healthcare for low- and moderate-income families in Massachusetts. Kraft also established the endowment for the advancement of precision medicine at his alma mater, Harvard Business School.