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

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

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

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