Harry Channon Eaton Family Endowment Fund

Giving back is a family affair

For the Eatons, giving back is a family affair. Two endowment funds bear the Eaton family name at the Community Foundation of the Quincy Area.

The Harry Channon Eaton Family Endowment, established by Harry ‘Bo’ and Jan Eaton, is an unrestricted endowment.  The Noma Meyers Eaton Fund, established as a memorial by friends and family, supports art and education.

The Harry Channon Eaton Family Endowment  supports programs, projects, and grants through the Community Foundation. As an unrestricted endowment, it allows the Community Foundation to respond to needs in arts and culture, community betterment, education, health, and human services throughout the region.

Bo, as he is commonly known, did not want the fund to be directive because he realizes that it is not always possible to know or to predict where the money can be put to the best use.

“We wanted the fund to be a broad crutch for whatever areas need help,” he said.

Bo and Jan have three children, all of Quincy, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Bo and Jan hope the fund will inspire future Eaton generations to give back to the community. “Our family can continue to contribute to this fund,” Bo said.

The Noma Meyers Eaton Fund originated during a Christmas gathering. A group of friends were reminiscing about Noma who died in April of 1999.

“She was a very close friend of all of ours,” said Tony Crane, who along with Ralph Oakley, invited friends to establish an acorn fund honoring Noma. “It’s great you can memorialize and recognize someone in this way,” Tony said.

Laura Eaton Rodgers, Noma’s oldest child, was overwhelmed when she was informed that a fund was being set up in honor of her mother.

“It had been eight years since she’d died,” Laura said. “It speaks volumes of how close she was to her friends.”

The Noma Meyers Eaton Fund  provides grants in the areas of art and education. The fund’s advisor  suggest spossible grant recipients within the parameters of the fund’s agreement.

The arts were always a favorite of Noma’s.She and her daughter Molly enjoyed participating in theater activities together. “They loved to perform,” Laura said. “It was their thing together.”

Laura also wants her mom’s fund to benefit education. “She was committed to having a good education for us,” she said. “If she could give anyone a hand up to further his or her education, she’d have wanted that.”

Ralph Oakley emphasized the flexibility for donors provided by the Community Foundation. “That’s the beauty of the organization,” he said. “People can be philanthropic in many ways.”


Anyone can make a gift to any fund at any time to help it grow. To make a gift to the Harry Channon Eaton Family Endowment Fund, please click here.