Hasbro Launches New Goldner Center for Transforming Futures to Support Community Initiatives

HASBRO INC. has launched a new Brian Goldner Center for Transforming Futures, named after the toy company’s late chairman and CEO, that will help support social impact in the community, both locally and across the country. / COURTESY OF HASBRO INC.

PAWTUCKET – Hasbro Inc. is launching a new center, named after its late chairman and CEO, that will help support social impact in the community, both locally and across the country.

The international toy company announced Thursday that the Brian Goldner Center for Transforming Futures will be established. The center, Hasbro says, will be funded by a $2.5 million contribution from the Hasbro Foundation and will provide multi-year social impact investment with a sole mission to transform and uplift lives. Those investments will be managed from Hasbro’s headquarters in Pawtucket, according to the company.

Goldner, who became Hasbro’s CEO in 2008 and chairman in 2015, died last October at the age of 58 after battling cancer. Hasbro said that during his tenure, the late Goldner expanded Hasbro’s focus beyond just toys, games and entertainment. The company said Golder was passionate about mentoring others and improving care systems for vulnerable members of society.

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Hasbro says the center’s investments will support three nonprofits that have been important to Goldner. The Brian Goldner Student Support Fund with Year Up will provide job training and corporate internships to young adults ages 18-29 to connect them with career opportunities, Hasbro said.

Year Up is a national nonprofit with a Providence office on Fountain Street, where the Goldner Student Support Fund will be established, Hasbro said. Hasbro also said the fund will play a critical role in helping Year Up students seeking emergency care with medical bills, rent, auto repairs and other expenses so they can remain enrolled in the program.

The Brian Goldner Storytelling Fellowship at the Ghetto Film School, Hasbro said, will give underrepresented artists in New York, Los Angeles and London the opportunity to enter the film industry through a 30-month visual storytelling course. Funding for this program will support young performers pursuing entertainment careers, the company said.

Based in North Andover, Massachusetts, the Brian Goldner Flights of Hope with Angel Flight Northeast will provide children and adults with free air and ground transportation so they can receive life-saving medical treatment in the US. The Hasbro Foundation will support Angel Flight Northeast for five years to fly patients in Goldner’s honor, Hasbro said.

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In a statement, Barbara Goldner, the late chairman and widow of the CEO, said the opportunity to bring joy and laughter to children and families around the world was what her husband most enjoyed running Hasbro.

“Our family is truly touched that Hasbro is launching the Brian Goldner Center for Transforming Futures to honor his legacy and continue to advance the causes that matter most to him,” she said.

James Bessette is the editor of PBN’s special projects and also covers the non-profit and education sectors. You can reach him at [email protected] You can also follow him on Twitter at @James_Bessette.

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