We select investment partners based on a proven track record of success in providing effective and efficient service to people who are impacted by poverty in the greater Boston area.
Our Board of Directors use both quantitative and qualitative criteria to select the organization
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay is an innovative, energetic organization that is making a real difference in the lives of 3,000 youth by providing them with an invested, caring adult mentor. With research and proven outcomes at its core, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay is working to ensure every child has the support from caring adults that they need for healthy development and success in life. Their vision is to inspire, engage and transform the communities of Mass Bay by helping youth achieve their full potential, contributing to healthier families, better schools, brighter futures and stronger communities.
The Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) was founded in 1991 and became a not-for-profit in 1994. BSCP provides students of every race, ethnic background, gender and financial status with encouragement, support and guidance needed for the successful pursuit of biomedical science and other science-related careers. Since its inception, more than 13,000 minority students and 1,200 postdoctoral trainees and junior faculty members have participated. BSCP’s principle objectives: identify, inform, support and provide mentoring for academically outstanding students/fellows, particularly African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students/fellows; disseminate information on programs in biomedical science to students, particularly minority and disadvantaged students; provide a forum for the exchange of information among individuals at various stages in their academic development; highlight the need for and use of mentors/advisors in making career decisions; and improve communication among physicians/scientists and students at varying stages in their career development.
Bottom Line is dedicated to helping first-generation students from low-income backgrounds get into college, graduate and go far in life. Our vision is to dramatically transform urban communities with thousands of new career-ready college graduates. In Massachusetts, they currently support more than 3,300 students along the path from college to career. As one of the first community-based organizations to focus on college completion, they now operate regional programs in Boston, where they were founded in 1997, New York City and Chicago that collectively serve over 7,800 students. As they grow, their results remain strong. With almost 2,800 alums, their historical graduation rate is over 78%, almost 20 points above the national average.
Breakthrough Greater Boston works to improve the educational equity by inspiring excitement for learning, creating paths to college, and promoting careers in education. Breakthrough is unique from other college access programs in that they offer a comprehensive academic support that intervenes early (before 7th grade) and six-years of programming through a Students Teaching Students model, featuring near-peer instruction and mentoring. Breakthrough has consistently demonstrated that low-income students and students of color can achieve at the highest level when engaged in a culture of high expectations and provided the support necessary to advance academically.
Camp Harbor View changes lives and enhances Boston by exposing underserved youth to the possibilities of a future they may have never envisioned. They provide unique experiences that let kids be kids, build confidence, unlock creativity, broaden horizons, and foster skills for successful lives. Their exceptional summer camp experience and year-long programming helps kids to envision new pathways to success by providing life-shaping experiences at a critical time in their lives.
CASPAR is a nonprofit organization founded in 1970 in response to the need for community-based services for those affected by substance use disorders. Since then CASPAR has built a comprehensive array of outreach, shelter, stabilization, and residential programs in Cambridge and Somerville. They focus on programs that are safe, accessible, and supportive and that meet the needs of a diverse population of high-risk men and women, most of whom are uninsured and indigent. Since July 2014, CASPAR has been part of Bay Cove Human Services, a Boston-based non-profit agency (founded in 1974) that is committed to improving the lives of individuals and their families who face the challenges of developmental disabilities, aging, mental illness, and drug and alcohol addiction.
Citizen Schools connects students with expert volunteers from the community who provide hands-on, project-based learning experiences that connect what they’re learning in school to real-world career pathways. Students explore new fields, learn new skills, and build a foundation for their future. Their goal is to close the cyclical opportunity gap facing students across the country – a gap that increasingly restricts learning opportunities, mentors, and experiences of success along socio-economic and racial lines.
College Bound Dorchester uses education to end generational urban poverty, providing gang-involved youth (they call Core Influencers) with a college-focused education to unlock their power and influence for change. As both a product and a driver of the volatility in their neighborhoods, Core Influencers are the current problem but their influence holds the solution to the cycles of poverty and crime holding back our communities. College Bound provides the skills and support for Core Influencers to turn away from the “street corners” for good and use their influence to shift social norms in their neighborhoods – decreasing crime, and increasing educational attainment and employment for all.
Cradles to Crayons® (C2C) provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with items they need to thrive. C2C provides “KidPacks” of clothing to children in Massachusetts who face the challenge of clothing insecurity — lack of reliable access to quality, properly fitting, seasonally appropriate clothing. C2C is a leader in volunteer engagement and provides one of the largest volunteer opportunities in Greater Boston.
Food For Free improves access to healthy food within our community by rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste, strengthening the community food system, and creating new distribution channels to reach under-served populations. They envision a future where everyone in our community—regardless of age, income or ability—has consistent access to fresh, healthy, delicious food.
The Home for Little Wanderers is the nation’s oldest private, non-profit, child and family services agency, and one of New England’s largest. They provide an array of 20 programs in the greater Boston area that serve low income children and youth who have experienced trauma and their families. Last year, they had a positive impact on over 12,000 lives. Their programs include group homes, a community mental health clinic, in-home visits by social workers and clinicians, and supportive services for older youth who have aged out of the foster care system.
The International Institute of New England was founded in 1918 to welcome immigrants to Massachusetts. Today 2,000 refugees and immigrants participate annually in resettlement, education, case management, cultural orientation and job training programs at IINE’s three service sites in two states. Their staff, donors, volunteers and corporate partners work together every day to insure refugees and immigrants are able to fulfill their dreams and contribute to New England’s growth and prosperity.
2018 is Just-A-Start’s (JAS’s) 50th Anniversary! Started in 1968, JAS is now a community development corporation (CDC) dedicated to building the housing security and economic stability of low- to moderate-income people in Cambridge and nearby communities. Through comprehensive and integrated programs, JAS creates and maintains affordable housing, provides housing resources and services, offers education and workforce training for youth and adults, and builds community engagement. JAS’s vision is a better future for each and every community member: a secure home, a sustaining career, and engagement in the community.
The Leaders through Education, Action, and Hope (LEAH) Project is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), college readiness, and workforce development program for low-income Boston Public Schools high school students of color. Participating students, called LEAH Mentors, are placed in after school and summer camp programs (e.g., YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs) to provide STEM education, academic support, and serve as role models to their elementary school-aged peers. LEAH’s mission is to cultivate the power of youth to transform their lives and communities through science, education, and service.
More Than Words empowers youth who are in foster care, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Youth earn a job managing our online, retail, pop-up, and wholesale bookselling businesses generating over $2.1M in gross sales, while developing critical skills and work experience. They simultaneously have a “YOU” job, through which they receive intensive case management to transition to meaningful employment and education. After 6-12 months in the Core Social Enterprise Program, youth transition to our Graduate Program and continue to receive two years of follow-up support.
Nurtury gives Greater Boston’s youngest children in need, birth to age five, the opportunity to reach their full potential by investing in school readiness, promoting healthy development, and strengthening families. Many of their children come from low-income, working families, who live in Boston’s inner city and neighboring cities and towns. Many of them witness domestic and neighborhood violence, parent drug addiction, and experience the stress of unreliable housing and food insecurity. At six early learning centers and 120 Family Child Care sites, Nurtury provides robust educational programming, which is designed to develop children’s social/emotional, physical, and cognitive skills in safe, nurturing environments. Every day, they work to inspire excellence in our classrooms, build partnerships in the communities we serve, and promote an ethos of equity among our children, families, and educators.
Pine Street Inn is a nonprofit organization that supports homeless men and women in moving from the streets and shelter to a home, and assists individuals in retaining housing. Pine Street provides street outreach, emergency services, supportive housing, job training and connections to employment, welcoming close to 2,000 homeless individuals daily, supporting them in rebuilding their lives. Their goal is to help individuals gain stability and their highest level of independence as they move back to a home and a community.
The Possible Project was founded in 2010 by entrepreneurs Mark and Becky Levin to address growing youth unemployment and diminishing opportunities for low income youth to engage in careers that enable self-sufficiency. TPP is inspired by the belief that with an entrepreneurial spirit, all students can realize their full potential. TPP uses entrepreneurship as a vehicle for students to develop social/emotional and job-readiness skills such as teamwork, critical thinking and professionalism. Additionally, each student acquires practical, technical skills necessary to compete in the knowledge economy. Students enroll in TPP for three years and progress through six levels. Throughout the program, students start planning their college and careers through the Pathways component.
Year Up Greater Boston delivers a rigorous 12-month employment-training program, which combines hands-on technical and professional skill development, stipends, professional internships, and wraparound services. Their students are prepared for entry-level roles at Boston’s leading employers, as well as the pursuit of continued higher education. Students earn college credits at our college-based location and college credit recommendations at our employer-based and downtown locations. Since inception, they have served 4,800+ students. Within four months of graduation, at least 85% of their students are employed earning an average wage of $16.50/hour and/or enrolled in postsecondary education.