our history

supporting new england non-profits

In 1992 businessman Douglas Schair began a charitable private family foundation with the goal of exposing his family to the tenets of philanthropy. Doug had found success in the insurance industry and privately supported a number of non-profits but wanted to extend his philanthropic scope as well as include his children and other family members in the philanthropic process.

In January 2005, Doug contracted bacterial meningitis and died at the age of 59. The Hudson Foundation, named for one of Doug's favorite cars, the Hudson Hornet, continues to support New England non-profits focused mainly, but not exclusively, in the areas of education, social services, anti-bias work, and Jewish services. The board consists of his four grown children, his sister and his niece.