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

As part of the Summer Fund, in 2017 the Homeless Campership Fund supported 25 camp and shelter partners enabling families in homeless shelters and those facing housing insecurities free access for over 1300 summer camp slots for this at-risk youth population.

Our Impact

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

Random Quote

Fifty-eight organizations operating at 93 sites in Greater Boston received general operating grants from the Summer Fund in 2017.