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

The Summer Fund Cultural Day program allows Boston Children’s Museum to fulfill its mission of reaching out to underserved populations of children in the greater Boston area. Without this program, many of these children would never have the opportunity to attend the Museum and to learn and grow from the educational opportunities we offer.

— Boston Children’s Museum

Random Quote

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.