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

In 2017, the Summer Fund allocated $980,000 to support over 20,000 disadvantaged and at-risk youth, youth in homeless shelters, and those facing housing insecurities to take part in summer camping, access to cultural and arts activities, and job opportunities for the summer.

Our Impact

The Summer Fund provides 60% of the total number of groups we serve for our summer programs, which yields 35% of our total participants and 40% of our participant fees. The impact of the Summer Fund on YES’s Outdoor Adventure Program is substantial. It provides the opportunity for more than 250 participants to receive introductory, one-day outdoor experiential education excursions, which we hope will leave them yearning to come back for more.

— Youth Enrichment Services (YES)

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