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Field of Interest Fund
If you care more about one area of community interest than any other, you may want to consider giving to, or creating, a Field of Interest Fund. The donor identifies one (or more) areas of community interest, and the specific grant selection is left to the BCF Grants Committee. Examples of Field of Interest Funds already in existence at BCF: the Brookline Youth Fund, the Fund for Arts and Culture, the Environmental Stewardship Fund.
Your children have benefited extraordinarily from two local programs. You want to make a long-term contribution to these wonderful places. You, the donor, identifies one (or more) nonprofit organizations that serve Brookline to receive annual support, and make a gift from which these annual grants will be made. Examples of existing Designated Funds: the Steps to Success Fund, the Fund for Young Children, the BRYT Fund, and the Opportunity for Change Fund.
The Brookline Community Foundation holds several scholarship funds: the Fund for Young Children, which provides pre-school and childcare scholarships, the Steps to Success Scholarship Fund, and the Opportunity for Change Scholarship.
Nonprofit agencies establish funds for their general or programmatic support, and rely on the Brookline Community Foundation for financial management and administrative services.
A supporting organization is a separate organization organized in alliance with the Brookline Community Foundation. This relationship bestows the benefits of public charity status and considerable administrative support. Example: The Brookline Teen Center Initiative.
Gifts to Existing Funds
To maximize smaller gifts or to participate in ongoing efforts led by others, anyone may contribute gifts of any size to existing grant-making funds.
Named Unrestricted Fund (or Discretionary Fund)
Community needs change over time. By creating an unrestricted fund, you, the donor, can enable the Brookline Community Foundation Grants Committee to make grants to provide for those changing needs. Examples of the Named Unrestricted Funds held by the Brookline Community Foundation are:
- The Hattie Carr Fund, a discretionary fund of the Foundation, created by bequest of Brookline resident Hattie Carr.
- The Hoppin Family, which supports BCF's mission to advance equal access to community resources, especially in the area of early literacy.
- The Rosamond and Sven Vaule Fund for Arts and Culture for Foundation grants that support cultural artistic inititatives in Brookline.