About Us


Every dollar goes to programs to help end the plague that is the number-one killer of people under the age of 50.

Ninety percent of people with substance-use disorders never receive treatment. Those who do often get appalling treatment based on tradition and best guesses, not gold-standard, evidence-based treatments that have been proven effective. As a result, in America every day 200 people die of untreated addiction. In addition to the deaths, the total cost of addiction in the U.S. exceeds $400 billion, mostly in healthcare- and crime-related costs and lost productivity. In addition, substance use is related to suicide, sexual assault, abuse, other violence, poverty, driving fatalities, and more. The suffering is incalculable.

“Every story of addiction is the story of a family.”
— David Sheff

Founded by author and advocate David Sheff, the Beautiful Boy Fund is dedicated to advancing addiction treatment research and expanding access to quality treatment while eliminating stigma and fostering an understanding of addiction as a health issue through strategic grantmaking.

David is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction. He also wrote the best-seller Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy. In 2018, Amazon Pictures released an acclaimed feature film adaptation of Beautiful Boy produced by Plan B Entertainment and starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet.

For his work in the addiction field, in 2009 David was included in the Time Magazine Time 100, The World's Most Influential People. He’s received awards from the College of Problems on Drug Dependence, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, American Society of Addiction Medicine, and American Psychological Association for “outstanding contribution to the understanding of addiction.”

The Beautiful Boy Fund will identify and fund programs and research to advance the prevention and treatment of substance-use disorders. In addition, it will identify and fund programs to expand access to quality treatment.

Grantees will be determined with the advisement of experts in substance use and mental health.

The Beautiful Boy Fund is hosted by the National Philanthropic Trust (501-c3). Currently contributions of $5000 or more are fully tax deductible, but every dollar of contributions of any amount will support programs to help end addiction.

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When we choose to no longer hide whatever it is that we struggle with, there is tremendous relief. We can be supported. We can get help. We learn that we are no longer alone. And we aren’t. We are in this together. Life is hard. Sometimes it is unbearable. But with openness and love together we can move from darkness and suffering to light, hope, and healing.
— David Sheff