Give. It’s time.

There is so much to love and celebrate in Brookline, but with 13% of Brookline residents currently living in poverty, our many resources are not shared by all. The good news is, we’re not powerless to change that, to bring more of what we love about Brookline to more people.

 
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We invite you to partner with us to build a more vibrant, engaged and equitable Brookline. There’s no time like the present to make an impact.

Our largest single charitable donation. Ever.

 
 From left to right: Herbert P. Dane, BTHS Treasurer; Ann-Marie Carroll, BTHS President; Julie Marcus, Brookline Community Foundation Board of Trustees President; Jenny Amory, Brookline Community Foundation Executive Director. Photo by Leise Jones, Leise Jones Photography

From left to right: Herbert P. Dane, BTHS Treasurer; Ann-Marie Carroll, BTHS President; Julie Marcus, Brookline Community Foundation Board of Trustees President; Jenny Amory, Brookline Community Foundation Executive Director. Photo by Leise Jones, Leise Jones Photography

The Fund:

The endowed field-of-interest fund at the Brookline Community Foundation, called the Brookline Tuberculosis and Health Society Fund, was established to provide grants to the town’s Health and Human Services Department and nonprofits working to improve the health and wellbeing of Brookline residents.

The Legacy:

In the transfer of assets, Ms. Carroll sought to honor the commitment of predecessors Dr. Denny, Annie Townsend, Raymond Eldridge and her father, Connor Carroll: “So many people labored for so many years for the health of the people in Brookline. We wanted to make sure that the values of the Society continued and the assets remained in Brookline for the benefit of its residents.” Mr. Dane agrees, adding, “There are always going to be new public health needs. Our hope is that Brookline Community Foundation will be there to rise to those occasions and continue to support Brookline with health related causes.”

The Gift:

The 110-year-old Brookline Tuberculosis and Health Society (BTHS) has just established an enduring legacy at the Brookline Community Foundation to support the health and wellbeing of Brookline residents with its first of its kind single charitable donation of $575,000.“We’re honored by this transformational gift,” said Foundation Executive Director Jenny Amory, “and we look forward to building on the BTHS legacy with strategic grants that help make Brookline a stronger and healthier community.”

The Mission:

BTHS (originally, the Brookline Anti-Tuberculosis Society) was established in 1907 by civic minded Brookline residents including Dr. Francis Parkman Denny, Dr. Carlton S. Francis, and Mr. Philip Parker to "combat the spread of tuberculosis in the Town of Brookline, Massachusetts” and promote its understanding and prevention. Over time, the mission expanded to include pressing public health concerns of the moment, as tuberculosis had been at its founding. BTHS counted numerous town leaders and health experts among its members; recent grantees include the Rogerson Communities, Easter Seals Massachusetts, and the Town of Brookline Health Department.

The History:

This is not the first time the two organizations have collaborated to support the wellbeing of Brookline residents. According to Brookline Friendly Society 1878 to 1993 by Linda Morse Shoemaker, the Anti-Tuberculosis Society, the Brookline Friendly Society (our predecessor) and the Brookline Health Department opened a “first of its kind ‘fresh air’ day camp” for children with tuberculosis in 1908. Twenty to thirty children attended the camp each summer for “light outdoor activities including gardening, croquet, and basket-making and were instructed in the use of the toothbrush and other cleanly habits”.

 

Why Give?

It’s time.

We are the only foundation that addresses the needs of Brookline as a whole. And there’s no time like the present to make an impact. We’re committed to serving the needs of our community, and we search for creative, effective ways to fill those needs, doing the right thing and stretching resources the farthest.

We listen. And we’re open.

We hear our donors.

For almost two decades, donors have relied on the Foundation for philanthropic expertise and guidance. Rely on our local knowledge. Make an impact with your giving. Together we can make meaningful changes in our community.

We are governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. Gifts entrusted to us are professionally managed and monitored regularly by an independent investment advisory committee. As a public charitable foundation, we offer maximum deductibility for income, gift and estate tax purposes.

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Our List of Current Funds

Brookline Community Foundation partners with numerous donors and organizations to create funds benefiting the Brookline community. Grants are professionally administered and formally evaluated for effectiveness. 

You can contribute to these existing funds or establish a fund of your own.

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Wondering where to make a contribution? Consider a gift to one of the following funds:

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Brookline Community Foundation Fund for Brookline (unrestricted)

This unrestricted fund allows Brookline Community Foundation to award discretionary grants that help carry out our mission.

Type: Designated
Year included: 2007

 
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BCF Scholarship Fund for Brookline High School

This endowed designated fund allows Brookline Community Foundation, in collaboration with Brookline High School and Town of Brookline, to help Brookline High School students who have a financial need with scholarships to pursue their dream of a post-secondary or college education. Read more >

Type: Designated
Year included: 2014

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BCF Safety Net Fund

This fund allows Brookline Community Foundation to provide temporary emergency assistance, such as food vouchers, money for back rent or fuel bills and extraordinary expenses such as moving costs, transportation costs for job seekers, or essential furniture, to Brookline residents in times of financial crisis and unexpected need and to support pathways to economic security. Read more >

Type: Designated
Year included: 2007

 

Additional Funds


Blyth Family Fund

To support the health and welfare of children from low-income families in Brookline.

Type: Field of Interest
Year included: 2012

 

Brookline Tuberculosis and Health Society Fund

To provide grants to the town’s Health and Human Services Department and non-profits working to improve the health and wellbeing of Brookline residents.

Type: Field of Interest
Year included: 2017

Brookline Youth Fund

To provide equal access to opportunities for underserved Brookline youth.

Type: Donor Advised
Year included: 2000

Emily Novick Fund for Teens

To support the enrichment of teens who live or go to school in Brookline.

Type: Field of Interest
Year included: 2013

Environmental Stewardship Fund

To support environmental programs that benefits Brookline and surrounding areas.

Type: Field of Interest
Year included: 1999

Flip and toddy mason family fund for brookline’s neediest

To provide emergency assistance for Brookline’s financially neediest people.

Type: Field of Interest
Year included: 2009

 

Friends of Brookline Recreation Fund

To allow the Friends of Brookline Recreation to achieve their goals to provide equitable recreation opportunities, to provide financial aid for recreation programs, to provide awareness for Brookline Recreation as well as the Friends.

Type: Designated
Year included: 2009

Fund for Young Children

To provide scholarships and other necessary supports for early childhood education and afterschool care in Brookline.

Type: Field of Interest
Year included: 2007

Harold Brown Scholarship Fund

To award BHS graduating seniors who are in good standing academically and who have financial need with scholarships to pursue post-secondary education, including those who want to attend vocational education or technical programs approved by the Brookline High School Scholarship Committee.

Type: Scholarship
Year included: 2014

 

Hoppin Family Fund

To respond to varied and changing needs of the community

Type: Unrestricted
Year included: 2007

 

Jennifer Lynch Fund

To support forums on domestic violence awareness and education and to help maintain the Peace Garden in Brookline.

Type: Fiscal Sponsor
Year included: 2007

judith moses memorial scholarship Fund

To help Brookline High School students who have a financial need with scholarships to pursue their dream of a post-secondary or college education, in memory of Judith Moses.

Type: Scholarship
Year included: 2018

Lauren Dunne Astley Fund

To enable young children from low-income families to attend the Brookline Early Education Program (BEEP).

Type: Designated
Year included: 2011

NETA fund

To support health and wellness in Brookline.

Type: Field of Interest
Year included: 2015

 

Thomas P. Hennessey Scholarship Fund

To award scholarship(s) to and support a student(s) who has financial need and who exemplifies some or all of the key characteristics of Thomas P. Hennessey.

Type: Scholarship
Year included: 2014

BCF Rapid Response Fund

This fund allows Brookline Community Foundation to address short-term, emergency needs in our community in the aftermath of a disaster or other unforeseen event - the most common is residents displaced by fires. Read more >

Type: Restricted
Year included: 2013

Value Fund for Art and Culture

To support arts and culture related initiatives that are undertaken by BCF.

Type: Field of Interest
Year included: 2007

 

Create a Fund

We want to help you make giving easy. We are here to help you decide if creating a fund is right for you.

 
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One funder's story

I had a moment of reflection before my 60th birthday. I’d been lucky in so many ways, especially as a single mother. But I knew about other women in my situation and understand that many of them really suffer. I wrote to my sons and said, ‘For my birthday I am going to give myself a gift. I am going to create a fund at the Brookline Community Foundation to assist single mothers. If you’re worrying about what to give me, come in with me, give what you can.’ I did not need to be a millionaire to be able to leave a legacy. It’s been very empowering.

- Hsiu-Lan Chang, Brookline resident

 

It’s easy to create a fund that meets personal philanthropy goals.

We’re happy to partner with individuals or professional advisors.

I'm ready to get started. What do I do now? What type of Fund should I create?

Determine which assets will be used (cash and publicly traded securities are the easiest ways to make charitable gifts), at what level you wish to give, and make arrangements with the our Chief Executive Officer, Jenny Amory, to begin. More questions? Find our FAQ here.