Capacity Building & Special Initiatives

The Summer Fund is uniquely positioned to influence the field and better support our grantees by serving as a convener, leveraging strategic partnerships and creating linkages to other major summer initiatives. Our goal is to leverage our assets to effectively and efficiently build, strengthen and sustain a high-quality summer program network.

We believe that capacity building is vitally important and supports our grantees in reaching the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, and organizational maturity. Summer Fund capacity building initiatives provide resources, trainings and workshop to enrich and improve the field, through educational and professional development opportunities, and by leveraging the collective expertise of the Summer Fund network. Our initiatives  are designed to respond to current trends and needs that emerge in the summer program field.

For more information about our capacity building initiatives please visit the links on the sidebar or contact us.

Our Impact

Partnering with the Summer Fund allowed the Boston Harbor Island Alliance to expand its reach and support community visits that might not have been possible without the partnership. In addition to bringing children and youth to visit the islands, we were also able to raise awareness about the islands among the more than 390 camp counselors, campers, and parents who may not have known about us otherwise.

— Boston Harbor Island Alliance

Random Quote

The Homeless Campership Fund made a significant impact in several children’s lives this summer. The experience of traveling to an environment so different from the sidewalks and alleys they see every day brought energy and enthusiasm back to their eyes. The freedom and independence of the summer camp environment is especially valuable to children that have experienced the powerlessness that can come with being homeless.

— Elizabeth Stone House, Roxbury