Our History

Founded in 1971, the Summer Fund donor collaborative was established by Associated Grant Makers for the purpose of making summer camps and programs accessible to underserved low-income youth. The Summer Fund was created to address issues of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic disparities by recognizing the need for summer enrichment opportunities for underserved youth, and to steward the fair and equitable distribution of resources to ensure access to those opportunities.

Over its 40-year history, the Summer Fund has provided more than $34,000,000 in resources to build, sustain and strengthen a quality summer program network serving Greater Boston youth.

The Summer Fund was established to:

  • Create a pooled funding mechanism to leverage donor resources
  • Steward the equitable and strategic distribution of resources to underserved communities
  • Ensure access to summer programming for underserved youth
  • Foster the development of a diverse network of quality camps
  • Increase collaboration among funders and community partners

Today, our mission and goals remain fundamentally unchanged. Racial, ethnic, and socio-economic disparities are still evident in the quality and availability of summer programming, and we continue to provide collaborative approaches to address and dispel the inequities and ensure that summer opportunities are accessible to every child.

Summer Fund Fact

Summer Fund resources support jobs for 1,560 teenagers working in summer camps.

Our Impact

I am writing to let you know that my daughter thoroughly enjoyed her camp experience last week! Jane is a “slow-to-warm-up” kind of child, so it was especially wonderful to see her positively beaming at the end of each day and telling us all about her camp experiences, singing songs, and showing us her projects each evening. My husband and I are thankful to her counselors and to all of the staff for making it such a great week for her! — Parent of camper, Boston Nature Center Summer Day Camp