Benjamin Buckley

 The organization was founded following the loss of our son, Benjamin Buckley after he suffered a severe asthma attack.  In memory of Ben, our family has started a non­ profit charitable organization (a 501(c)3) in his name to raise asthma awareness and give back to the community.  

The purpose of Ben Was Here, Inc. is to:  

  • Provide academic scholarships to students interested in furthering their education in the areas of teaching, creative/fine arts, science, engineering or medicine  
  • Provide funding to schools for educational materials and supplies
  • Provide funding to community/youth organizations
  • Provide funding for prescription medication coverage for asthma ­related medication and for research and treatment of asthma and other childhood illnesses


Mission Statement

The purpose of Ben Was Here Inc. is to further the charitable interests of Benjamin Buckley, specifically including but not limited to support of the arts, educators, scholarships and community and youth organizations. It may also raise and distribute funds for asthma ­related medication and for research into and treatment of asthma and other childhood illnesses.The organization attempts to emphasize the purpose of the mission statement by messaging and being transparent about our intentions.  

The Grant process for the 2016-2017 school year is now closed.  Thank You so much for applying!  This school year we were able to support 5 school districts in the areas of Arts, Literacy, Technology, and Asthma Awareness!  We were able to provide iPads, bee bots, Lego robots, an entire district with the Look for the Good Project, Buddy Benches, the SHS and Thalberg book club, library books, a 3D printer, 3D pens, a visiting artist, integrated musical instruments, 4 college scholarships and fund an entire school's wish list!  This school year we have given away over $29,000!!!  We were able to do this with all of your continued help and support.  Thank you all for following us on our journey and helping us keep Ben's memory alive.

We are truly lucky.

We look forward to a new grant applications in the 2017-2018 school year.