The Summer Fund, a program of Philanthropy Massachusetts, is a donor collaborative providing a strategic coordinated approach to build, strengthen, and sustain a network of high-quality summer camps and programs for disadvantaged and at-risk youth. We provide resources to ensure that summer program opportunities are accessible to underserved communities in Greater Boston.
We provide operational support grants, capacity building initiatives, and other resources to selected camps and programs that offer quality summer enrichment opportunities. Summer Fund camps provide academic enrichment, social skill development, outdoor recreation, safe supervised settings and healthy meals for underserved youth during summer months.
Our strategic funding approach ensures that resources are targeted to disadvantaged populations, and meet the diverse needs of the rich and vibrant communities we serve.
The Summer Fund provides grants and resources to high-quality summer camps and programs that serve:
- Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville
- Underserved, at-risk children and youth ages 6-18, from low to moderate income households
- All races, ethnic backgrounds, and abilities, including immigrants and refugees, older youth and teens, and children who have physical, emotional, and learning disabilities.
Visit SUMMER FUND website to learn about:
- Initiatives including Summer Campership, Teen Leadership opportunities, Homeless Campership, Cultural Day
- Apply for Funding
- Make a Donation
- Spotlight on Summer Camps funded
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.
Read the 2019 Needs Assessment Report