Individual Donors

If you are an individual donor interested in supporting summer programming for underserved youth in Greater Boston, the Summer Fund is an excellent option. Our collaborative network, staff expertise, and extensive annual data collection ensure that individual donations are directed to high-quality summer camps and programs.

Our approach offers the following benefits to individual donors:

  • Summer camp funding that is well-informed and coordinated, leading to resource allocation that is equitable, strategic, and designed to meet underserved community needs
  • Camps that are high quality gift recipients based on a thorough review process to evaluate their financial, programmatic, and demographic information, funding history, and site visit reports
  • Pooled resources and a streamlined process that increases the dollar value of gifts, provides direct operational support to camps, and facilitates capacity building opportunities that strengthen the summer camp field as a whole
  • Choices 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 regarding summer camps serving urban children and youth in the greater Boston area

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Summer Fund Fact

Each year, between 10,000-12,000 campers enjoy as many as 300 free field trips, on-site cultural activities, and other arts and historical experiences.

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

Shelter life is difficult for children, especially during the summer when school is out. At camp, this 9-year-old boy played tennis, swam, and made friends with other children his own age. We are grateful we could offer him a fun and stimulating opportunity to spend time outside of the shelter this summer.

— Casa Myrna, Boston