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The one hundred honoree: The Goldhirsh Foundation

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The one hundred honoree: The Goldhirsh Foundation

Mass General Giving

Bernard A. Goldhirsh (pictured here) established the Goldhirsh Foundation in 2000, shortly after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. As the founding publisher of such hugely successful magazines as Sail and Inc., Bernard brought vision and verve to his distinguished career in publishing and helped transform America’s perception of entrepreneurship.

His was the consummate entrepreneurial spirit, and the foundation brings his creative drive to philanthropy.

Bernard lived courageously with cancer for three years. Since his death in 2003, the Board of Directors of the Goldhirsh Foundation, which includes his two children, has shaped a grant-making program that reflects Bernard’s values and entrepreneurial spirit.

Much of its annual grant-making funds innovative research that translates into improved outcomes for patients with malignant brain tumors. Since 2001, the foundation has awarded $16.4 million in competitive grants to 59 scientists, including more than $1.2 million to researchers at Mass General.

Faithful to the spirit of its founder, the Goldhirsh Foundation is helping to propel development of effective treatments for this lethal disease.