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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: $30.8 million

The emerging 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

Organizations are encouraged to complete a statement of interest to be considered for future grants. You can also preview the questions on the statement of interest form:

Statement of interest form

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:

  • provide food to Boston's children, families and seniors
  • technology to Boston Public Schools students for remote learning, and
  • provide support to first responders, front-line workers and healthcare workers so they can effectively do their job and promote public health. 

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.

For more information about 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
  • undocumented immigrants
  • residents with limited English proficiency
  • first responders
  • front-line workers
  • healthcare workers
  • persons with disabilities,
  • low-income families, and 
  • communities of color.

Grants awarded to date

  • $10 million to provide Boston's children, families, and seniors with access to food and other basic needs 
  • $7.2 million to expand the capacity of healthcare systems to serve the vulnerable and those who have complex needs, and provide childcare, food, and other supports for healthcare and front-line workers
  • $2 million for remote learning technology
View the grantee list

How to submit an interest form

To be considered for a grant from the Boston Resiliency Fund, please review the following information.

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.

The Boston Resiliency Fund is focused on organizations that need support to modify or expand essential services that serve the immediate and basic needs of Boston residents. To learn more about other funds serving Boston, check out the following resource page from Philanthropy Massachusetts.

To meet the immediate needs of the Boston community, grants will be made on a rolling basis. All awarded grants will be posted on this page.

Please share this Boston Resiliency Fund flier with interested organizations.

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 our two current focus areas: 
    • ensuring Boston's children, families, and seniors have access to food at home or at pick-up meal sites around the City, and
    • supporting first responders, front-line workers, and healthcare workers so they can effectively do their jobs and promote public health.
  • 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. We plan to operate the fund with a six-month horizon. But, the majority of grants will be disbursed in April and May.

Organizations are encouraged to complete a statement of interest to be considered for future grants:

Statement of interest form

You can also preview the questions on the statement of interest form.

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.

 Organizations that meet these criteria and fit within one of the two priority areas are encouraged to submit an interest form. The Fund will make grants on a rolling basis.

Other support efforts

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. We plan to operate the fund with a six-month horizon. But, the majority of grants will be disbursed in April and May.We will publish updates on this page on a regular basis.

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

  • Abrams Capital
  • Abrams Foundation Inc
  • Advent International
  • Aecom Technology Corp.
  • Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
  • American Tower Foundation
  • Andrew and Mariann Youniss
  • Arnold Hiatt
  • Bain Capital 
  • Bank of America
  • Barbara and Amos Hostetter
  • Barr Foundation
  • Baupost Charitable Group
  • Becky Kidder Smith 
  • Berkshire Partners
  • Beth Terrana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Boston Athletic Association
  • Boston Bruins
  • Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation 
  • Butcher Box
  • Butler's Hole North
  • Cambridge Trust
  • Carl & Judy Ferenbach
  • Carl Martignetti 
  • Challenger Foundation
  • Charles River Labs
  • Chestnut Hill Realty Corporation
  • Chris and Mary Beth Gordon
  • Christine and Davis Letts
  • Christine Kromer
  • Christmas in the City, Inc.
  • Colin's Joy Project
  • Committee of Charity of the Lodge of St. Andrew
  • Commodore Builders Charitable Foundation
  • David and Julie McKenna
  • Donahue Family Foundation 
  • Dunkin' Joy In Childhood Foundation Inc
  • Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
  • Elaine Mann
  • Empower Retirement
  • Energy & Environment Club at Harvard Business School
  • Ernst & Young
  • Eversource Energy Foundation, Inc.
  • First Church of Christ, Scientist
  • Foundation For Metrowest
  • Foundation Medicine
  • Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Foundation
  • Greater Boston Plumbing Contractors Association and Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 12
  • Harvard Business School Student Association
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
  • Hawk Foundation
  • Hazeldean Foundation
  • Highland Street Foundation
  • Hyams Foundation 
  • Income Research and Management Charitable Fund
  • Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals
  • 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 Hancock
  • John Rosenthal
  • John W. Henry Family Foundation
  • John Worrall and Cynthia Bakon
  • Jon Hirschtick and Randy Gollub
  • Karen Benoit
  • Kathleen and John McLaughlin Family
  • Katie Kidder and Tom Kent
  • Keel Foundation
  • Klarman Family Foundation
  • Kollol Pal and Janice Klunder
  • KPMG
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Linda and Jay Hooley
  • Mannheim Family Foundation
  • Marion and Davis Mussafer
  • Marjorie and Dan Sullivan 
  • Mary Ford
  • Mass Mutual
  • MFS Investment Management
  • Michelle and Bob Atchinson
  • Ms. Jean C. Tempel
  • New Balance Foundation
  • O'Reilly Family Foundation 
  • Ocean Spray
  • One Step Forward Education Foundation
  • One8 Foundation
  • Orchard Foundation
  • Overbrook Foundation
  • Pamela and Alan Trefler
  • Parviz Tayebati
  • Patrick Nixon
  • Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation
  • Paul & Sandy Edgerly
  • Paul and Sylvia Zurlow
  • Peter Palandjian
  • Phil and Ellie Loughlin
  • Phil and Nancy Lotane
  • Red Sox Foundation
  • Reynolds Family Foundation
  • Richard & Janet Martini
  • Robert Davoli and Eileen McDonagh
  • Safety Insurance Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Santander
  • Sarepta Therapeutics
  • Sasaki Asscociates Inc.
  • Saul Pannell and Sally Currier
  • Scott Webster & Peter Black
  • Servier Pharmaceuticals
  • Shah Family Foundation
  • Silversmith Capital Partners
  • State Street Foundation
  • Symphony Church
  • TA Associates
  • TD Charitable Foundation
  • Terry and Carolyn McGuire 
  • The Beker Foundation
  • The Claddagh Fund Charities
  • The Committee to Elect Martin J. Walsh
  • The Debbie & Lee Simpson Fund
  • The Lynch Foundation
  • The Mooney-Reed Charitable Foundation
  • The Mugar Foundation
  • The Spector Fund
  • The Stephen & Taylor West Family Fund
  • Thomas H. Lee Partners
  • Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Family Foundation
  • Tricia Erin Walsh
  • Tuukka Rask Foundation
  • Vertex Foundation
  • Vineyard Wind
  • Water Cove Charitable Foundation
  • Wellington Management
  • Whale Rock Capital
  • WilmerHale
  • Yufen Shi and Feng Zhang

and over 5,700 additional supporters! 

Latest news

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Image for More than $780,000 in Boston Resiliency Fund grants going to 20 organizations

More than $780,000 in Boston Resiliency Fund grants going to 20 organizations

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More than $1,750,000 in new funding to support Boston's immigrant communities impacted by COVID-19

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More than $875,000 in Boston Resiliency Fund grants awarded to 19 organizations

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$1 million in Boston Resiliency Fund grants distributed to 14 organizations

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