The Ellie Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that fights breast cancer by easing its effects on patients and families. The Ellie Fund does this by providing critical support services including transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries, and nutritious prepared/delivered meals free of charge to hundreds of women and family members across Massachusetts each year.

Our support services are offered free of charge thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, friends, donors and sponsors. All of our services are provided by caring, licensed professionals. To make a donation, please click here.

Every program participant must be referred to the Ellie Fund by an oncology social worker or patient navigator at the hospital where treatment is occurring. For more information, please click here: Updated Grant Guidelines.

(For oncology social workers/patient navigators only, the Program Application is here.)

Our History

The Ellie Fund was founded by brothers Jeff and Eliot Popkin in 1995 to honor their mother’s courageous fight against breast cancer and the giving spirit she was known for throughout her life.

A Newton, Massachusetts resident for more than thirty years, Ellie volunteered at the local library and visited children with terminal illnesses at Children’s Hospital, was a Den Mother for the local Boy Scouts of America, an active member of Hadassah, and a beloved pre-school teacher.

1987 – Eleanor Popkin passes away from breast cancer, leaving a loving husband and two teenage sons, Eliot and Jeff

1989 – Eliot runs the Boston Marathon to raise funds for the American Cancer Society in memory of his mother

1994 – Eliot runs the Boston Marathon again, raising money for AIDS Action Committee, and is joined by his brother Jeff, who is raising money for the American Heart Association

1995 – Eliot and Jeff receive non-profit status for the Eleanor Popkin Scholarship Fund (EPSF) to raise money for college students who have a family member with breast cancer

1996 – Eliot and Jeff run Boston Marathon to raise money for the EPSF

1997 – A milestone year: EPSF holds successful fundraising events and donates proceeds to American Cancer Society, and to Dana Farber Cancer Center (DFCC) patient research library. First formal Board of Directors meeting is held, and scholarship applications are distributed to high schools across Massachusetts. EPSF changes name to the Ellie Fund with an enhanced mission to fight breast cancer and ease its effects on patients and families.

1998 – Ellie Fund website completed. Donations made to the Friends Boutique at DFCC (66 gift certificates distributed to patients on Mother’s Day for the purchase of a hat or scarf), and to The Wellness Community – Greater Boston’s Kids Count Too program.  Ellie Fund proudly announces its first scholarship winner, and starts new program called Books for Life that will provide breast cancer books for various community libraries.

2005 – The Ellie Fund, with input from oncology social workers and breast cancer patients, launches a state-wide program to provide critical support services free of charge including transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries and prepared and delivered meals.

2012 – Thanks to the hundreds of talented and dedicated Ellie Fund volunteers, donors, partners and staff, the Ellie Fund now raises in excess of $529,000 annually, supporting more than 500 breast cancer patients and families members free of charge across the state each year.

We are deeply grateful to everyone who has worked so diligently to make the Ellie Fund what it is today, and are honored to provide our critical support to so many families.  To join us in our mission, please contact us at 781-449-0100 or

The Ellie Fund Team

Jeff Popkin and his brother co-founded the Ellie Fund. He is currently President of the Board of Directors. He is Found and CEO of Boston Event Guide, the leading marketing and promotions company for young professionals in Boston.

In 2005, Jeff was named a "Boston Outstanding Young Leader" by the Boston Junion Chamber of Commerce.

In 2006, Jeff was honored by Yoplait as a national "Yoplait Champion" for his efforts at the Ellie Fund in the fight against breast cancer.

In 2012, Jeff was recognized as one of the "100 people making a difference" by Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Gail Fine, Executive Director

Rachel Glazer, Bookkeeper

Hillary M. Harrelson, Director of Special Events

Anne Meisner, Patient Services & Database Coordinator

Jeff Popkin, President

Marcia Boyle

Scott Clifford

Ronald Lanoue

Dr. Elsie Levin

Tara Griffith