Donato J. Tramuto
The Tramuto Foundation itself is a story of compassion. Its creator, Donato Tramuto, struggled with severe hearing loss as a child. Growing up with a disability, he was inspired by Robert F. Kennedy’s dedication to equal and human rights for all, and has lived by these principles throughout his life.
The Tramuto Foundation was established in 2001, following the September 11 terrorist attacks. Donato had planned to be on Flight 175—the second plane to hit the World Trade Center. He made a last-minute decision to get on an earlier flight—but two close friends, along with their 3-year old son lost their lives. The Tramuto Foundation was established in their memory.
His challenges at a young age—hearing loss followed by the loss of his sister-in-law during childbirth—created a desire in him to not only improve healthcare with affordable, accessible solutions for all, but to also give back to the less fortunate around the world. Because of his own disability, he has made a personal commitment to help others who have had significant challenges in their lives.
Why is hearing is so important to us? Because it is the key not just to understanding—but to embracing the suffering, or pain others experience. It is the closest we can come to truly putting ourselves in the shoes of others — which ultimately, gives us a perspective that opens the door to true collaboration.
Donato overcame these obstacles to become an accomplished leader in the healthcare industry, elected official in the Town of Ogunquit, and member on several prestigious boards. He is passionate about inspiring others to realize their own dreams through dedication and hard work. Those who know Donato personally understand that his tenacity and boundless energy has been for one purpose – to help those in need.
More about the Tramuto Foundation
Donato Tramuto, CEO of well-being improvement leader Healthways, Inc., founded the Tramuto Foundation to provide grants, contributions and other funding to organizations that share their mission of helping people in need. A proven innovator in the creation of initiatives that help to improve and save lives, Donato’s relentless work in addressing the needs of the less advantaged have resulted in a number of successful initiatives, including:
- Endowing a scholarship fund for outstanding international students over the next three years in the Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree program at the Boston University School of Public Health
- 3-year partnership with the Frannie Peabody Center, Portland, in the development of a program that will provide health care to immigrants living with HIV/AIDS in Maine
- Funding grants over the next three years to the Museum of American Art in Ogunquit for creating an experimental art program for children in grades 3-5 who are hearing impaired
- Awarding scholarships (since 2001) to students who have shown the ability to overcome challenges and demonstrate financial need