Needs Assessment

Download the Summer Fund’s 2019 Needs Assessment here.

Over the past year, the Summer Fund has undertaken an in-depth analysis of available data to define the shifting needs of the communities that it serves. This process has resulted in concrete findings that will inform the Summer Fund’s grantmaking strategy moving forward.

In the Greater Boston Area, demographics are continually shifting. Over the past few decades, the cities of Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea and Somerville have all seen increases in their racial and ethnic diversity. Shifts in the demographics of these cities has resulted in shifts in the needs of each community served by the Summer Fund.

Homelessness, economic mobility and access to cultural enrichment continue to be major challenges in the Greater Boston area. Demand for the Summer Fund’s grantmaking initiatives in these areas continues to outpace the available resources.

In response to shifting demographics and needs, the Summer Fund will take a more proactive approach to grantmaking. By bolstering its internal data management systems and grounding its grantmaking strategies in community needs, the Summer Fund is equipped to provide more informed resources to the communities that it serves.

 

 

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

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

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