Thank You

Thank you to the governmental agencies that support our work:

For general support: 
Massachusetts Cultural Council

For publishing support of Young Authors’ Book Projects in 2017: aw-color-logo-large

Our 2017-2018 foundation supporters include:
Amelia Peabody Foundation
Calderwood Writing Initiative
Cartoon Network
Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
BPS Arts Expansion through EdVestors
Esther B. Kahn Charitable Foundation
Highland Street Foundation
Liberty Mutual Education Initiative
Llewellyn Family Foundation
Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation
Richard and Natalie Jacoff Foundation
Spark Foundation
TJX Foundation
Wellington Management Foundation
Wellington Management Foundation Catalyst Gift

Our 2016-2017 Supporters
Amelia Peabody Foundation
Boston Bruins Foundation
Boston Globe Foundation
Boston Cultural Council
Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation
Calderwood Writing Initiative
CDQ Trust
Clipper Ship Foundation
Esther B. Kahn Foundation
Frank Reed & Margaret Peters Memorial Fund
Highland Street Foundation
Richard and Natalie Jacoff Foundation
Kochi Foundation
Liberty Mutual Education Initiative
Liberty Mutual Foundation
Llewellyn Foundation
Ludcke Foundation
MAXIMUS Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NE Circle 500
Orville W. Forté Charitable Foundation
Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation
Schrafft Charitable Trust
State Street Foundation
TD Charitable Foundation
Tiny Tiger Foundation
TJX Foundation
Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation
Wellington Management Foundation and the Wellington Management Foundation Catalyst Gift
West End Boys and Girls Club, through the Highland Street Foundation

For a full list of 826 Boston supporters check out our annual report.

Proud to Be a “100k for 100” Organization

In June 2014, the Cummings Foundation named 826 Boston one of its “100k for 100” organizations. In September of that year, we were able to launch our pilot satellite after-school program at the Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library, thanks in part to the support of the Cummings Foundation. Our satellite after-school program will help us reach 150 additional students in Dorchester and Roxbury with high-impact after-school writing programming.

Each year, the Cummings Foundation awards grants of $100,000 each to 100 local nonprofits. This $10 million in funding supports a diverse range of causes, including human services, education, healthcare, and social justice.


What’s a Dollar Worth?

$25 pays for: lined paper, #2 pencils, and eraser caps at both of our tutoring locations.

$50 pays for: one week of snack at both tutoring locations.

$100 pays for two wooden chairs in our tutoring center.

$250 pays for paper, print cartridges, and binders to keep after-school work neat and tidy.

$500 pays for: an entire class to attend a Storytelling and Bookmaking Field Trip.

$1,000 pays for one middle-school student to attend five weeks of Summer Theater and Writing Camp.

$2,500 pays for: a year of after-school tutoring for one student.

$5,000 pays for: printing 1,000 copies of a Young Authors’ Book Project like 85 Cents Might Not Sound Like a Lot, written by students at 826 Boston’s in-school Writers’ Room.

Make your tax-deductible contribution to 826 Boston today.

Good writing skills are critical for students’ academic and future success

When you contribute to 826 Boston, you join a community of people who care passionately about supporting the literacy and writing needs of more than 3,500 underserved Boston Public School students. 826 Boston’s programs have been proven effective at improving students’ reading and writing skills and buoying their self-confidence. We also publish our students’ writing every year in professional publications, so you can see your dollars at work when you hold one of our books in your hand!

Join our community of dedicated donors today!

If you have any questions about donating to 826 Boston, please contact Kristin Barrali, or call 617-390-5610.

826 Boston’s Federal Tax ID number is 20-8065915.


Be More, Think Differently

Nancy Butman is one of those volunteers you don’t know what you’d do without. Not only has she been working with 826 Boston’s in-school program for four years as a tutor, but, along with her husband John, she also contributes to the organization financially.

An indispensable tutor for our in-school book projects, Nancy has worked on multiple 826 Boston publications, from 2012’s A Place for Me in the World, profiles of workers across Boston, to our collection of “memoirs remixed,” currently in progress in author Jennifer de Leon’s 7th grade classroom at Boston Teachers Union School in Jamaica Plain.

“I’ve been fortunate to be a ‘stay-at-home’ mother–an under-valued role if there ever was one–going to games and gymnastics competitions, working in my kids’ classrooms, knowing their teachers, their friends, and fundraising for their schools,” said Butman. “Those experiences are why, when I began volunteering for 826, I thought: ‘I can do this.’ I’d been there for my kids and understood the value of having someone ‘there,’ listening and responding to students.”


Everything 826 does seems to consciously push kids to be more, to think differently, to answer hard questions. The fact that all the programs 826 provides are free is essential.

 -Nancy Butman, volunteer and donor

826 Boston needs all sorts of supplies to run its writing programs. We appreciate anything you can contribute from the following list:

  • Books for our tutoring center library (check out our IndieBound wish list!)
  • Frequent Flyer miles
  • Crickets for Edwina, our tarantula
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Healthy snacks
  • Furniture for new Writers’ Rooms

If you’re interested in donating one of these items, please contact Kristin Barrali.