Our Inspiration, Lenny Zakim

Leonard Zakim, 1953-1999
Founder, The Lenny Zakim Fund
Lenny Zakim believed that one person can change the world. Throughout his career, Lenny dedicated his energy to building connections and coalitions between people of different faiths, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds. As the executive director of the New England Region of the Anti-Defamation League, he fought tirelessly to put an end to prejudice, civil rights violations, anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry of all kinds. After Lenny was diagnosed in 1995 with multiple myeloma, a rare cancer of the bone marrow, he created, with the help of friends and supporters, a philanthropic organization that would transform his vision of social justice into an enduring legacy: The Lenny Zakim Fund. Like Lenny, The Fund focuses on making a difference, one person at a time.