About the Perkins Trust

Perkins Trust Office with bust of Michael Anagnos out front.


Perkins Trust

The Perkins Trust works with supporters to fund our local, national and international programs through philanthropy. We could not do what we do without the partnership of those who share our passion and support our mission.

The Perkins Trust raises funds for every major program at Perkins School for the Blind. Our work impacts students on our Watertown, Massachusetts campus, from energetic toddlers in the Early Learning Center to Secondary Program teens using the latest accessible technology to study and stay connected.

Our work reaches across the country. It helps families who visit our pioneering Low Vision Clinic, and young scholars and athletes from public schools who attend our summer Short Courses. It touches teachers who benefit from our specialized training, and seniors from Alabama to Wyoming who receive assistive technology from the FCC's National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, which Perkins' promotes as iCanConnect.

Our work spans oceans, touching the lives of people in 67 nations. We work with our global division, Perkins International, which provides training and critical assistance to schools, nonprofits and government agencies around the world, and our eLearning division, which brings on-demand webinars to educators in the most remote locations.

The Trust also supports Perkins’ newest initiatives. We’re raising funds to expand our Transition Services, which offers vocational training and career support to help teens take their first bold steps into an independent adult life. And we’re seeking financial support for our pioneering literacy initiative, which promotes the power of reading and writing, whether with braille, electronic devices or other means, to empower people who are blind in school, on the job and in daily life.

The Trust reports to the President & CEO, and Perkins' Board of Trustees. The Trust is advised by the Trust Board and the International Advisory Board (IAB). Since its inception, the Perkins Trust has recruited an exceptional group of volunteer leaders who help transform your generosity into new hope for people who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired.

Executive Leadership

David Whalen serves as Perkins' chief development officer. He oversees the Perkins Trust, where he leads a team of professionals who raise funds to support Perkins’ local, regional, national and international programs.

Volunteer Leadership

The Perkins Trust Board and the IAB are a diverse group of outstanding leaders who serve as a voice for donors and volunteers. Members are responsible for advancing the mission of Perkins School for the Blind and its local, regional, national and international programs through philanthropic initiatives.

Trust Board

Stephanie Andrews, Chair
Andrea Brooks
Frederic M. Clifford
RoAnn Costin
Stephen C. Demirjian
John J. Doran
Corinne Basler Grousbeck
Vaithehi Muttulingam
Joseph J. O'Donnell
Stephen Pelletier
Katherine Chapman Stemberg
Evelyn Treacy
Simone Winston

International Advisory Board

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, Honorary
Paul Polman, Chair
Jeffrey Bilezikian
Ambassador Juan José Gómez Camacho
C. Richard Carlson
Victor Chu
Ambassador Ford Fraker
Corinne Basler Grousbeck
Dave Power
Avraham Rabby
Manoj Shah