As we enter this season of gratitude and giving, we encourage members of our community to consider including these key TBF funds and/or their awardees in your end-of-year giving. Each week in December we are highlighting partner organizations on our social platforms, compiled below. Click on the links to any TBF fund to learn more and find fuller list of nonprofits each fund has supported.
Massachusetts Migrant Families Relief Fund
The Massachusetts Migrant Families Relief Fund was created this fall, in partnership with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, to address the acute humanitarian crisis faced by migrants seeking asylum in Massachusetts, and to support directly the local, trusted community-based organizations that are helping new arrivals to our region.
Example grantees include:
- Agencia ALPHA – An immigrant-led, grassroots organization focused on improving the quality of life of immigrants to Massachusetts by empowering community members to become leaders and to overcome social challenges. This organization works in three areas: community organizing; issues related to legalization; and citizenship services. [fiscally sponsored by Congregacion Leon de Juda]
- Association of Haitian Women of Boston – A grassroots organization that empowers low-income Haitian women and their children by providing emergency and rental assistance and gift cards to families in need.
- Brazilian Workers Center – A nonprofit organization that enables immigrant workers to learn about workplace rights, immigration, and health equity.
- Everett Haitian Community Center – Through community outreach, advocacy and programs, EHCC fights for equitable access to resources and assistance for all those who are marginalized within Everett and the Greater Boston area. (fiscally sponsored by Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center).
- La Colaborativa – A grassroots organization in Chelsea working in partnership with Latino immigrants focusing on food and housing insecurity, economic advancement, and immigrant leadership to drive policy and systems change for the community.
Food Fuel and Shelter Fund
Designed to prevent individuals and families from ‘falling through the cracks,’ during this frigid and demanding time of the year, this important fund identifies and supports organizations that provide critical access to food, utilities and secure shelter in Massachusetts.
- Bridge Forward Fund – An economic mobility organization designed to help individuals and families experiencing financial hardship with multi-year financial and coaching support to propel their journey towards stability and wealth-building.
- Brockton Interfaith Community – A multi-faith, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-lingual organization working to improve the lives of those living in the Greater Brockton area by focusing on issues of housing, immigration, civic engagement and economic stability for community members.
- New Lynn Coalition (North Shore Workers Community Fund) – A community-based coalition of organizations created to unite and support North Shore communities and combat food insecurity, this coalition has developed a high-impact Grocery Delivery Program for families in the community
- Transgender Emergency Fund – This Fund assists with homelessness prevention, shelter assistance, nutrition assistance, prescription co-pay assistance, and transportation and escort services to medical appointments for members of the transgender community.
- Victory Programs – An organization that supports individuals and families facing homelessness, addiction and other chronic health conditions by offering housing, health and recovery, and prevention programs.
Safety Net Grants
This TBF grantmaking program supports social service organizations that respond to the essential needs of marginalized communities and vulnerable residents in Greater Boston. The most recent round of funding totaled $1.2 million dollars and went; to 24 grantees and another round of funding will be made in early 2024.
- Cocotree Kids – This organization collects and distributes new, clean underwear to at-risk youth across Massachusetts, with the goal of providing young people with a stronger sense of dignity and self-esteem.
- East Boston Community Soup Kitchen – Serving people who suffer from homelessness, drug addiction and food insecurity, this organization assists over 600 individuals weekly.
- Gratis Healthcare – This nonprofit provides medical and mental health services to those in need through the use of volunteer multilingual clinicians who work seek to remove common barriers to basic health care.
- Lawyers for Civil Rights – This organization works across the state of Massachusetts to support communities of color and immigrants as they fight discrimination and foster equity through free legal advocacy, education, and economic empowerment.
- Wily Network – This program serves Boston area students who are navigating college without a safety net. Their services include clinical coaching, financial support, community building and professional development.
Boston Foundation Equity Funds
Furthering TBF’s commitment to advancing equity in and for Greater Boston, our three Equity Funds – the Asian Community Fund, the Equality Fund, and the Latino Equity Fund – were built in partnership with deeply committed community leaders. Over more than a decade, and thanks to generous support from community-based donors, some $3.4 million in grants have been made to nonprofits meeting the needs of these communities.
- Coalition for Anti-Racism and Equity (Asian Community Fund grantee) - This grassroots, multi-racial coalition works to advocate for racially inclusive curriculum in K-12 schools across Massachusetts.
- Hyde Square Task Force (Latino Equity Fund grantee) - A youth development organization that centers Afro-Latin arts as a means to reaffirm the identities, belonging and experiences of the youth in its community, and to support their contributions to a vibrant cultural neighborhood.
- Mujeres Unidas Avandanzo (Latino Equity Fund grantee) - This program has been meeting the educational needs of low-income Latina girls and women for nearly three decades, helping them build full, self-sufficient lives.
- Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (Equality Fund grantee) - MTPC works to ensure the wellbeing, safety, and lived equity of all trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive community members in Massachusetts.
- Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project (Equality Fund grantee) - For over 30 years, PAIR has provided free immigration services both to indigent asylum seekers and to detained immigrants, assuring fairness and access to justice.
- Southeast Asian Coalition of Central MA (Asian Community Fund grantee) - This organization supports Southeast Asian immigrants, recent newcomers, such as Haitian refugees, and long-term residents, helping to meet their basic needs, overcome language barriers, and contribute to economic, social, and civic life.