Thank You

826 Boston projects are supported, in part, by a grant from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. 
Massachusetts Cultural Council

Our 2018-2019 foundation supporters include:
Amelia Peabody Foundation
Boston Bruins Foundation
Boston Cultural Council
Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation
Calderwood Writing Initiative
CDQ Charitable Trust
City of Boston, Partners with Nonprofits
Cummings Foundation
Esther B. Kahn Foundation
Forest Foundation
Frank Reed and Margaret Peters Memorial Fund
Great Expectations Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation
Hestia Fund
Highland Street Foundation
International Paper
Liberty Mutual Education Initiative
Llewellyn Family Foundation
Mary W.B. Curtis Trust
Mass Cultural Council
MAXIMUS Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NOVA Science Studio
Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation
Richard and Natalie Jacoff Foundation
Schrafft Charitable Trust
TD Bank
Tiny Tiger Foundation
Wellesley Bank Charitable Charitable Foundation
Wellington Management Foundation

Download our 2017-2018 Annual Report for more information about our impact.

Proud to Be a “100k for 100” Organization…Again!

IMG_0937In May 2018, the Cummings Foundation named 826 Boston one of its “$100K for 100” organizations for the second time. 826 Boston is one of 100 local nonprofits chosen from a field of 597 applicants to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program.

Jessica Drench, 826 Boston’s executive director, said about the grant, “It has always been our mission to provide a platform for our students’ voices. We are honored to be among the worthy causes that the Cummings Foundation has selected to receive this transformative gift. The grant will enable us to publish and showcase the powerful stories of students at 826 Boston’s newest Writers’ Room at the Boston International Newcomers Academy.”

The Cummings Foundation grant constitutes a leadership gift that will power the fourth 826 Boston Writers’ Room in the Boston Public Schools district and the first at a school serving the needs of a predominantly English Language Learner population.

What’s a Dollar Worth?

$25 pays for: one week of lined paper, #2 pencils, and eraser caps at 826 Boston’s Writers’ Rooms in Boston Public Schools.

$50 pays for: one week of snacks for writers at our unique after-school tutoring program.

$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 College Essay Boot Camp for 25 students.

$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 4,000 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.