Where It All Began

The Durkin Foundation was established in 2016 by Dan and Stephanie Durkin, who worked alongside Dan’s brothers, sisters and their spouses to develop a way to fill in the gaps that traditional programs didn’t address. The inspiration for the foundation grew from the realization of just how much work it is to properly care for the people that we love. The Durkin Foundation hopes to provide financial assistance in the support of families dealing with situations where team-work is required to succeed and failure is not an option.

What inspired us

The Durkins are a family of seven children who were raised by their incredible parents—Brendan and Claire Durkin— in the hard-working, South section of Lowell, MA known as “Spaghettiville” (named for the once home of the Prince Spaghetti factory). Brendan and Claire passed away in 2015 and 2016 respectfully. They demonstrated a tremendous devotion and commitment to their family, and while they struggled to raise their kids on a modest income, they were always willing to lend a helping hand to any family, friend or neighbor in need. The Durkin Foundation’s goal is to honor their legacy by assisting individuals and families affected by the following issues which were near and dear to their hearts.

Claire’s Story

Alzheimer’s Disease
Claire’s 11-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease proved to be the greatest test of strength for the Durkin family, but also provided them with the opportunity to demonstrate what they learned from their parent’s lifelong example. Their experiences in care taking brought to light the need to supplement support services for other families in these circumstances. The foundation supports programs and assistance for Alzheimer patients and their family caretakers that improve their quality of life.

Patty’s Story

Intellectual Disabilities

Raising a child with Down syndrome presented new challenges for Brendan and Claire, and they worked hard to provide their daughter Patty with every opportunity available to her. In return, they were graced by Patty’s unconditional love for them, her ever present smile, and the joy of seeing Patty learn, develop and thrive. The foundation supports providing enriching opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Brendan’s Story

U.S. Veterans Services

Brendan’s military service to his country, in which he received two purple hearts and a bronze star provided him with an understanding of the challenges in returning to civilian life after active duty. Support for returning veterans is important to their transition back to their communities, and the foundation will support programs and opportunities for these vets and their families.

Meet The Board

Executive Board


Executive Director

Ivos Durkin






Board Of Trustees

Meghan Coughlin

Clinical Sports Medicine Navigator,  Emerson Hospital Center for Rehabilitative Sports Therapies  

Brendan “Mike” Durkin, Jr

Former Lowell Policeman/ Founder of Durkin Investigations


Thomas “Tipper” Durkin 

Associate Director of Supply Chain, United Technology Aerospace Systems


Robert Engel

President of API of NH  

Louise Griffin

President of Zack’s Team Foundation


Steven C. Panagiotakos

Fmr. Massachusetts State Senator/ Chair for the Ways and Means Committee

Advisory Board

Dr. Brenda Neary

Obstetrics and Gynecology 


Hillari Wennerstrom

Tyngsborough Board of Selectwoman

Maria Sancartier

Loan Officer

Sheryl A. Sutherland

Owner of Circle K Gas Station, Tewksbury

Robert Ryan

Fmr. Supply Chain Director at Raytheon