Our Story

Please watch this short video to hear from one of the Co-Founders about the inspiration for the Foundation and the work that we do.

Our Mission

The Evelyn S. and K.E. Barrett Foundation (eskebarrettfoundation.org) supports organizations that are working to improve children’s health, safety, and education to create opportunities for their enrichment so that they may live fulfilling lives.

About the Foundation

The Evelyn S. and K.E. Barrett Foundation is a private charitable foundation. Read about its founders and their desire to provide hope and assistance to children across the world.

About Our Grants

Learn about our areas of focus, geographical reach, eligibility, and reporting guidelines and begin the application process.

Past Recipients

Grants are awarded annually. Browse the list of past grant recipients to learn about the projects funded by the foundation.

What Our Grantees Are Saying

“Working with the Foundation was a breath of fresh air. The interest, the research, the follow-up, the compassion – the Trustees clearly demonstrate their commitment to the communities they serve as well as their devotion to their mission. As a grantee, we appreciate the every-so-often check-ins and the encouragement to apply for funding.”
Donna Dwyer

CEO, My Place Teen Center

“For many years, The Evelyn S. and K. E. Barrett Foundation has helped fund Episcopal Relief & Development’s international work with children including the establishment of early childhood development centers, support of community health workers to keep children free of preventable illness, and providing economic assistance and child development skills for families and caregivers. With the foundation’s support, we have expanded to five countries in Africa and are poised to reach many more thousands of vulnerable children. We are extremely grateful for The Barrett Foundation’s partnership in working toward transformative, life-saving, and lasting change.”

Mike Smith

Major Gift Officer , Episcopal Relief & Development

“Thanks to the grant from the Evelyn S. and K.E. Barrett Foundation, the Pine Tree Society Early Learning Center in Auburn, ME was able to continue to provide individualized in-person support in a safe, physically distanced classroom setting as well as maintain remote learning for families at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. We are grateful to have had the chance to partner with the Evelyn S. and K.E. Barrett Foundation, and look forward to partnering with them again in the future.”

Noel Sullivan

President & CEO, Pine Tree Society

 “The Evelyn S. and K.E. Barrett Foundation has provided a wonderful opportunity for our students to receive books during our summer camps. My focus is to help kids become better readers and writers and to show them how fun and enriching books can be. I’ve seen the power.  It’s cool to see kids reading to each other – at a lunch table, in the playground – and, thanks to this grant, every camper went home with their own books. I’m really honored to be part of this program.”

Don Parker

EdGE Literacy Summer Program Director, Maine Seacoast Mission

“Overall 2020 challenged the Pediatric Clinic staff and patients in unprecedented ways. As a staff we are proud of the care we were able to continue to provide throughout the pandemic. The Evelyn S. and K.E. Barrett Foundation funds are an important component of our low barrier supportive approach to care. The ease of obtaining OTC mediations and supplies decreases financial stress on the families we serve and increases compliance with medical recommendations.”

Steve DiGiovanni

MD - Medical Director MMP Clinics, Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, Portland, ME

“On behalf of the board, staff and the communities the Center serves we are incredibly grateful for our relationship with the Evelyn S. and K.E Barrett Foundation. Their support over the years has helped the Center for Grieving Children continue providing a safe space, loving peer support, outreach, and education to grieving children, teens, families and the community of Southern Maine.”

Anne Heros

Executive Director, The Center for Grieving Children

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