From grantmaking and research to events and philanthropic partnerships, there’s almost nothing BCF doesn’t do in Brookline. But how do these activities all work together to strengthen our community? Read on for a snapshot of our August activities and how together, these efforts are creating a better Brookline for all.

Golfing for a good cause

For 24 years, the Country Club has sponsored a golf tournament to benefit BCF. Donations raised through this event are invested in the Brookline Youth Fund, a donor advised fund at BCF. This funding supports BCF’s Youth Development Grant Program, which aims to ensure equal access to opportunities for all youth in Brookline, and support and enhance the well-being of youth and their families. This year’s tournament raised $195,000. Thank you to the Country Club and Brookline golfers for your steadfast support!

Building the foundation for a thriving future

On August 17, Brookline Housing Authority residents participating in the Self-Sufficiency Program (SSP) celebrated graduation. The SSP, which is supported in part by a Safety Net Grant from BCF, is a comprehensive program that offers job training, financial assistance, and career opportunities for BHA residents. Already through this program, more than half of participants have increased income, and this number continues to grow. On average, participants have effectively doubled their earned income, from an average $13,020 annually at enrollment to $26,000 currently. BCF funds have proved to be an invaluable support on participants’ personal and professional journeys, and 100% of Safety Net Grant funding goes directly to BHA residents.

A group of adults stands proudly at a graduation ceremony. Each person is smiling and holding a certificate to commemorate their accomplishments.

BHA SSP graduates pose for photos to commemorate their achievements and success

Adding your voice for equity

To improve the health of everyone in Brookline, BCF is supporting the Brookline Department of Public Health & Human Services in getting the word out about the Massachusetts Community Health Equity Survey. The survey is open to all residents over the age of 14. Take the survey today and help spread the word in Brookline.

Still curious about how BCF works with the community? Check out this great animated explainer made by BCF and our friends at Planet Nutshell.