Foundations and Grant Makers

The Summer Fund works with foundations, corporations, and other leading grant makers committed to supporting summer programming for underserved youth in Greater Boston. As the oldest donor collaborative in New England, the Summer Fund has built a reputation of excellence in providing the expertise, value, and due diligence that donors rely on to better manage the high-volume of annual funding appeals received from summer programs.

Our donors contribute $1.06 million annually to support our efforts. Click here for a list of our corporate and foundation donors. 

The Summer Fund provides donors with an exceptional funding approach that leverages grant dollars, evaluates quality camps, assesses community needs, and determines how best to support campers with diverse needs.  Our collaborative network, staff expertise, and extensive data collection enable us to more effectively support the summer program field than a single foundation or donor could do working on their own.

Summer Fund donors receive the following benefits:

  • A coordinated approach to funding summer programs that provides for equitable and strategic allocation of resources to meet community needs
  • Quality assurance and accountability based on a thorough review process evaluating camps’ financial, programmatic, and demographic information to ensure that funding is directed toward high-quality camps
  • Leveraged grant dollars that provide direct operational support to camps, and facilitates capacity building initiatives that strengthen the field as a whole
  • Choice and flexibility, enabling donors to contribute to the General Fund, the Homeless Campership Fund, the Cultural Day Initiative and other special initiatives, and/or to a specific camp
  • Access to unsurpassed expertise we are the only entity focused on  providing resources and support for summer programs serving low-income and underserved youth in Greater Boston
  • Opportunities for collaboration and learning for donors and grant makers who want to participate in site visits and/or get more involved with the Summer Fund

Summer Fund Fact

In partnership with Bank of America, Boston Private Industry Council and Hale Reservation, the Summer Fund’s 2017 Teen Leadership Institute provided 150 Boston Public High School teens job training, workplace skills, leadership development and CPR training to better prepare them for success in a summer employment opportunity.

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

Cultural Day enables us to reach many camp groups who would have difficulty participating in our arts programming without the Summer Fund’s financial assistance. It also allows us to offer additional weekday show programming over the summer, keeping our staffing and artist roster consistent, active, and productive in the summer months. With the Summer Fund’s help, our outreach is more extensive, and our organization is able to operate at full capacity through summer, when otherwise it would not.

— Puppet Showplace Theatre