Following the legacy of Tom and Jean Yawkey, the Trustees of the Yawkey Foundations concentrate their work on those in need, particularly children and families. They seek to emulate the commitments that Tom and Jean Yawkey made to Health Care, Education, Human Services, Youth and Amateur Athletics, Arts and Culture, and Conservation and Wildlife.

The Yawkey Foundations have awarded nearly 4,400 grants totaling $418 million to nonprofit organiztions serving the people of New England and Georgetown County, South Carolina. The Trustees have taken great care in their grant making to preserve and perpetuate the original philanthropic vision and interests of the Yawkeys.