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 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

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

When I was thirteen, MetroLacrosse changed me by giving me the opportunity to learn how to be a leader on and off the lacrosse field. I have learned how to solve problems both individually and cooperatively (like communicating in ways other than just using my voice), how to respect and learn from the people around me including my peers and mentors, how to play on a team of players who are my opponents during the season, and maybe most importantly for me, how to allow other’s voices to be heard.

— Victoria D’Elia, former camper MetroLacrosse Teen Summer Programs