Foundation History

The foundation was created in 1986 to assist not-for-profit charities that share our sharp focus on substance use disorder. Since inception, it was clear that our best chance to have a positive impact on treating this disease was to align ourselves with strategic partners.

Our first partnership, initiated by the foundation’s founders, John W. Hanley, Sr. and Mary Jane Hanley, involved the United Way of Palm Beach County and the United Way of America. The first stage of the partnership assessed the region, determined there was great need for a quality treatment center in southeast Florida and identified factors critical to success. It established a local board of directors to govern and promote the new rehabilitation facility.

The second stage saw the creation of the Hanley Center Foundation, governed by a second community-based board that shared the founders’ passion for helping addicted individuals find recovery. These partners combined forces and established the Hanley Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

HFF has gone on to fund over one hundred organizations across the United States, helping untold individuals overcome their suffering from substance use disorder. If your primary charitable mission is the treatment of persons suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, or other forms of substance use disorder, you may be eligible for a grant from our foundation.