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 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

Our mission is to provide stewardship of the land and resources and to offer educational experiences. The Summer Fund gives campers the opportunity to enjoy and learn about nature and teambuilding activities. It is a great way to get inner city camps and children to become stewards of the land.

— Hale Reservation

Random Quote

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