Prominent People in Philanthropy: Joseph O’Donnell

There aren’t that many who can take a terrible personal loss and turn it into a quest for good.  In our quest to cover prominent individuals in philanthropy we are profiling prominent individuals in the field.  People like Joseph O’Donnell.

In 1986 Joseph O’Donnell, a well-known Boston business executive , lost his son Joey to cystic fibrosis. He was only 12.

In response, with his wife Katherine O’Donnell he founded the Joey Fund in his memory. In partnership with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Joey Fund raises money for research and to help New England cystic fibrosis patients and their families receive financial assistance for CF related problems. Since its founding the fund has raised over $51,000,000.

Read the rest of his profile up on his page here: Joseph O’Donnell.