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Boston Resiliency Fund

We're helping coordinate the City's fundraising efforts to support City of Boston residents most affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Funds raised to date: $33.4 million

Funds DISTRIBUTED to date: $29.5 million

INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS to date: 6,682

The priorities of the Boston Resiliency Fund are to provide food for children and seniors, technology for remote learning for students, and support to first responders and healthcare workers in the City of Boston. 

Make a donation online

see our grant recipients

Please note: The Boston Resiliency Fund Statement of Interest form closed on Monday, November 30, at noon. We will post updated guidance to this page in early December for organizations interested in applying for the next phase of funding.

Have questions about the fund? Contact:

Mayor's Office

For press inquiries, contact:

Press Office

About the fund

Background

The Boston Resiliency Fund is the City of Boston’s effort to help coordinate fundraising and philanthropic efforts to provide essential services to Boston residents whose health and well-being are most immediately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. We are also working to help first responders and critical care providers.

Who the fund is for

The priorities of the Boston Resiliency Fund are to:

  • ensure Boston's children, families and seniors have access to food and other basic needs
  • provide support to first responders, front-line workers, and healthcare workers so they can effectively do their jobs and promote public health, and 
  • provide technology to Boston students for remote learning.

While we are focused on basic needs and critical services, we recognize that this crisis is evolving quickly. The priorities of this fund may change as the needs of Boston residents evolve. The Boston Resiliency Fund Statement of Interest form closed on Monday, November 30t, at noon. We will post updated guidance to this page in early December for organizations interested in applying for the next phase of funding. 

For more information about the formation of the fund, please read our press release.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES 

Acting with urgency and transparency. We want to support immediate and basic needs.

Simplifying the grantmaking process. We're making unrestricted grants so grantees can focus on doing the work. 

Directing 100% of all donations to organizations providing critical, essential services. We're helping Boston residents most immediately affected by COVID-19.

Applying a lens of equity. We want to ensure we help people and families most in need. These populations may include:

  • elders and children
  • people experiencing homelessness
  • persons with disabilities
  • low-income families 
  • communities of color
  • undocumented immigrants
  • residents with limited English proficiency
  • first responders
  • front-line workers, and
  • healthcare workers.

Grants awarded to date

  • $16.3 million to ensure Boston's children, families, and seniors have access to food and other basic needs  
  • $9.2 million to support first responders, front-line workers, and healthcare workers so they can effectively do their jobs and promote public health
  • $4.0 million to provide technology to Boston students for remote learning 
View the grantee list

By the numbers

  • $33.2 million raised for COVID-19 relief efforts. Of that, $26.3 million has already supported 348 nonprofits and over 225,700 Boston families. 
  • 54% of grantees identify as led by a person of color
  • 58% of grantees identify as woman-led
  • 435,800 prepared meals
  • Food for 1.4 million meals through Greater Boston Food Bank and Lovin' Spoonfuls
  • 149,000 bags of groceries & produce
  • 7,200 gift cards for families to use at their local grocery store
  • 55 unemployed workers hired for food distribution 
  • 20 local, minority-owned restaurants cooking meals
  • 8,000 Chromebooks purchased for Boston Public Schools students
  • 1000+ families provided with a one-month supply of diapers and formula
  • 960 emergency childcare seats for essential workers
  • 18 community health centers with COVID-19 testing and 21 with expanded telehealth services

How to submit an interest form

Given the ever-evolving nature of this crisis, please note that we will update this page frequently with any changes to our process or focus areas.

All awarded grants are posted on the Boston Resiliency Fund Grantees page.

To meet the immediate needs of the Boston community, grants under the current guidelines will be made on a rolling basis

Please share this Boston Resiliency Fund flier with interested organizations. To learn more about other funds serving Boston, check out the following resource page from Philanthropy Massachusetts.

Fund Criteria

We expect interest in the fund to be high. We will select organizations based on the following criteria: 

  • Addresses a focus population of the Resiliency Fund, with a lens of equity,
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly and efficiently serve Boston’s most vulnerable residents. 
  • Fits within one of three focus areas of the Resiliency Fund: 
    • ensuring Boston's children, families, and seniors have access to food and other basic needs, 
    • supporting first responders, front-line workers, and healthcare workers so they can effectively do their jobs and promote public health, and
    • providing technology to Boston students for remote learning.
  • Adjusting or expanding service to meet the needs of Bostonians during this crisis. 
  • Has a plan in place to implement and deliver services safely (ensuring social distance, etc.). 
  • Expected ability to sustain services over the next 6-8 weeks.
STATEMENT OF INTEREST FORM

While this fund is focused on immediate needs, we are mindful that the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will be long-lasting. The majority of grants under the current guidelines will be disbursed through the end of this year. 

Please note: The Boston Resiliency Fund Statement of Interest form closed on Monday, November 30, at noon. We will post updated guidance to this page in early December for organizations interested in applying for the next phase of funding.

How to donate

Online donations

Donations may be made online using e-check or credit card. Please note: Payments made by debit or credit card are assessed a non-refundable service fee of 2.75 percent of the total payment amount ($1 minimum).

For more information please call 617-635-4000.

Make an online donation

Donate BY CHECK

To donate by check, make your check payable to "Boston Charitable Trust Fund" with "Boston Resiliency Fund" in the memo field and mail to:

City of Boston Treasury Department
1 City Hall Square, Room M-5
Boston, MA  02201
 
For additional instructions and options for donating, please contact the Treasury Department at 617-635-4140.

donor advised funds

To donate through a Donor Advised Fund, please search for "Boston Charitable Trust Fund" with a notation to direct your gift to the "Boston Resiliency Fund". 

Common questions

Common questions

This fund can only make grants to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or those groups with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor.

To be considered, organizations must:

  • plan to modify and expand essential services for Boston residents
  • have a plan to implement and deliver these services safely (ensuring social distancing), and
  • have the ability to sustain services for 6-8 weeks.

Please note: The Boston Resiliency Fund Statement of Interest form closed on Monday, November 30, at noon. We will post updated guidance to this page in early December for organizations interested in applying for the next phase of funding.

The Fund will make grants under the current guidelines on a rolling basis.

To learn more about other nonprofit support efforts and funding, please visit the Boston Foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund page.

A Steering Committee for the Boston Resiliency Fund was established to provide direct oversight and funding recommendations for the Boston Resiliency Fund.

The three-member committee includes:

  1. Jack Connors, Jr.
  2. Anne Klibanski, MD, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare, and
  3. Jeffrey Leiden, MD, PhD, Chairman, President and CEO of Vertex.

Goodwin Law serves as pro bono legal counsel to the Fund.

Grants from this Fund will be made on a rolling basis. While this fund is focused on immediate needs, we are mindful that the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will be long-lasting. The majority of grants under the current guidelines will be disbursed through the end of this year. 

We will publish updates on this page on a regular basis. Updated guidance on the next phase of funding will be posted on this page in early December

The City intends to use the Fund as a part of a strategic plan to address impacts of the coronavirus. Further, the City is obligated to ensure that all expenditures are for allowable purposes under the IRS code. While we appreciate that donors may have specific areas of concern, the City prefers that specific purposes not be designated.

The Boston Resiliency Fund will be limited to organizations supporting communities, families, and individuals in the City of Boston.

As with all City transactions, whether online or in person, the use of credit and debit cards are subject to a 2.75 percent processing fee. The systems that support this process do not allow for this charge to be turned off in specific instances.

Please note:

No charge will be incurred when using an e-check through the online payment process or when mailing a donation via check.

If you are a person or business looking to donate physical in-kind donations, such as personal protective equipment (PPE), medical, cleaning, or sanitation supplies, please fill out this intake form

We recognize that the coronavirus is causing all manners of personal inconvenience and economic hardship. At this time, the purpose of the fund is to address the most critical, immediate needs of the Boston community through our nonprofit partners.

The review committee that reviews applications and provides recommendations to the Steering Committee is composed of more than 25 representatives from diverse City Departments.

Supporters and contributors

Contributors
  • 617 Media Group
  • Abrams Capital
  • Abrams Foundation Inc
  • Advent International
  • Aecom Technology Corp.
  • Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
  • American Endowment Foundation
  • American Tower Foundation
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Andrew and Mariann Youniss
  • Arnold Hiatt
  • Bain Capital
  • Bank of America
  • Barbara and Amos Hostetter
  • Barr Foundation
  • Baupost Charitable Group
  • Becky Kidder Smith
  • Berkshire Bank Foundation
  • Berkshire Partners
  • Beth Terrana
  • Bilal Haleem
  • Bill O'Malley
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Boston Athletic Association
  • Boston Bruins
  • Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation
  • Boston Center for Blind Children
  • Boston Teachers Union
  • Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund
  • Butcher Box
  • Butler's Hole North
  • Cabot Family Charitable Trust
  • Cambridge Trust
  • Carl & Judy Ferenbach
  • Carl Martignetti
  • Challenger Foundation
  • Charles River Labs
  • Chestnut Hill Realty Corporation
  • Chiesi USA
  • Chris and Mary Beth Gordon
  • Christine and Davis Letts
  • Christine Kromer
  • Christmas in the City, Inc.
  • Citizen's Bank
  • Coca Cola
  • Colin's Joy Project
  • Committee of Charity of the Lodge of St. Andrew
  • Commodore Builders Charitable Foundation
  • Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
  • Corey Thomas
  • David and Julie McKenna
  • Deloitte
  • Delta Dental
  • Diamon Generating Corporation
  • Donahue Family Foundation
  • Drs. Peter and Susan Workum
  • DTCC
  • Dunkin' Joy In Childhood Foundation Inc
  • Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
  • Elaine Mann
  • Elaine Schuster
  • Empower Retirement
  • Enbridge
  • Energy & Environment Club at Harvard Business School
  • Ernst & Young
  • Eversource Energy Foundation, Inc.
  • Feinberg Family Foundation
  • Fidelity Charitable
  • First Church of Christ, Scientist
  • First Republic Bank
  • Foundation For Metrowest
  • Foundation Medicine
  • GE Foundation
  • Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Foundation
  • Greater Boston Plumbing Contractors Association and The Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 12 Labor Management Cooperation Trust
  • Gross Family Foundation
  • Harmonix Music Systems
  • Harvard Business School Student Association
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
  • Harvard University Employees Credit Union
  • Hawk Foundation
  • Hazeldean Foundation
  • HBS Healthcare Club
  • HBS Middle East and North Africa Club
  • HBS Venture Capital Club
  • Highland Street Foundation
  • Hyams Foundation
  • Income Research and Management Charitable Fund
  • Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals
  • J & M Brown Company
  • Jack Connors
  • Jane’s Trust Foundation
  • Jeffrey and Stephanie Schwartz
  • Jeffrey Choney & Pamela Dippel Choney
  • Jim and Cathy Stone
  • John and Cyndy Fish / Suffolk
  • John and Mary Ann Begley
  • John DeCiccio
  • John Hancock
  • John Moriarty & Assoc., Inc.
  • John Rosenthal
  • John W. Henry Family Foundation
  • John Worrall and Cynthia Bakon
  • Jon Hirschtick and Randy Gollub
  • Karen Benoit
  • Karp Family Foundation
  • Kathleen and John McLaughlin Family
  • Kathleen Riesing
  • Katie Kidder and Tom Kent
  • Keel Foundation
  • Klarman Family Foundation
  • Kollol Pal and Janice Klunder
  • KPMG
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Linda and Jay Hooley
  • Linde Family Foundation
  • Lovett-Woodsum Foundation, Inc.
  • Mabel Louise Riley Foundation
  • Mannheim Family Foundation
  • Marcus Partners, Inc.
  • Maria Carmella Benjamin Fund
  • Marion and Davis Mussafer
  • Marjorie and Dan Sullivan
  • Mary Ford
  • Mass Mutual
  • MFS Investment Management
  • Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
  • Michelle and Bob Atchinson
  • Morby Family Charitable Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Greenberg
  • Ms. Jean C. Tempel
  • National Grid
  • New Balance Foundation
  • Nolan Sheehan Patten LLP
  • Northern Trust
  • O'Reilly Family Foundation
  • Ocean Spray
  • One Step Forward Education Foundation
  • One8 Foundation
  • OneBeacon Insurance Group
  • Orchard Foundation
  • Overbrook Foundation
  • Pamela and Alan Trefler
  • Partners HealthCare
  • Parviz Tayebati
  • Patrick Nixon
  • Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation
  • Paul & Sandy Edgerly
  • Paul and Sylvia Zurlow
  • Paul Cormier
  • People's United Bank
  • Peter Palandjian
  • Phil and Ellie Loughlin
  • Phil and Nancy Lotane
  • Procter & Gamble
  • PWC
  • Red Sox Foundation
  • Reynolds Family Foundation
  • Richard & Janet Martini
  • Robert Davoli and Eileen McDonagh
  • Robert Kraft
  • Robert Travaglini
  • Safety Insurance Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Samuels and Associates Management
  • Santander
  • Sarepta Therapeutics
  • Sasaki Asscociates Inc.
  • Saul Pannell and Sally Currier
  • Scott and Kelly Requadt
  • Scott Webster & Peter Black
  • Servier Pharmaceuticals
  • Shah Family Foundation
  • Silversmith Capital Partners
  • Sixty-Nine Roses Charitable Foundation
  • State Street Foundation
  • Stephen Klar and Janice Gross
  • Steve and Roberta Weiner
  • SunLife
  • Suzanne Norris
  • Symphony Church
  • T Mobile
  • TA Associates
  • TD Charitable Foundation
  • Terry and Carolyn McGuire
  • The Beker Foundation
  • The Boston Foundation
  • The Claddagh Fund Charities
  • The Committee to Elect Martin J. Walsh
  • The Debbie & Lee Simpson Fund
  • The Galakatos Family Fund
  • The Highfield Foundation
  • The Lynch Foundation
  • The Mooney-Reed Charitable Foundation
  • The Mugar Foundation
  • The Spector Fund
  • The Stephen & Taylor West Family Fund
  • Thomas E. and Barbara B. Leggat Fund
  • Thomas Family Foundation
  • Thomas H. Lee Partners
  • Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Family Foundation
  • Tricia Erin Walsh
  • Trustees of the HD & JU Fund
  • Turner Construction
  • Tuukka Rask Foundation
  • United Way
  • US Charitable Gift Trust
  • Vertex Foundation
  • Vineyard Wind
  • Water Cove Charitable Foundation
  • Wellington Management
  • Whale Rock Capital
  • WilmerHale
  • Yufen Shi and Feng Zhang

and over 6,680 additional supporters! 

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