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

Camp Starfish has changed my son in ways I didn’t think were possible. Before this summer, he always seemed uncomfortable in his own skin and didn’t feel confident enough to make friends. But now the fragile and self-secluded boy I raised is gone. The unique program you offer for kids with challenges is amazing.

— Parent of camper, Camp Starfish

Random Quote

I am writing to let you know that my daughter thoroughly enjoyed her camp experience last week! Jane is a “slow-to-warm-up” kind of child, so it was especially wonderful to see her positively beaming at the end of each day and telling us all about her camp experiences, singing songs, and showing us her projects each evening. My husband and I are thankful to her counselors and to all of the staff for making it such a great week for her!

— Parent of camper, Boston Nature Center Summer Day Camp