January 14, 2010
Dear Boston Foundation Friends:
In response to the tragedies unfolding in Haiti, the Boston Foundation announces the creation of The Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation. All contributions to this fund will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $1 million, by the Ansara Family Fund at the Boston Foundation. Jim and Karen Ansara, together with the Board of the Boston Foundation, are creating this fund to focus on longer-term human rights and reconstruction issues in Haiti. As part of this effort, the Foundation plans to help coordinate the Boston philanthropic response to the Haiti crisis and convene a community of donors to work on the issues over the long term.
The Haiti Fund, which will be spent down over the course of five years, will devote 25% of its resources to immediate disaster relief. Remaining funds will be dedicated to long term efforts such as human rights training and organizing, reconstruction of infrastructure and livelihoods with an emphasis on grassroots approaches.
The Haiti Fund will be advised by a small committee including the Ansaras and leaders from the Boston Haitian American community. It will be staffed and administered by the Boston Foundation.
Please feel free to forward this email to clients and colleagues who may be interested in supporting this important effort.
Please call Kate Guedj, Vice President for Philanthropic and Donor Services (617-338-2670 – email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Diane Elenbaas, Director of Donor Services (617-338-2608 – email: email@example.com) with any questions regarding the fund.
Contributions can be made in the following ways:
Make check payable to the Boston Foundation with Haiti Fund in the memo line. Checks should be sent to The Boston Foundation, c/o Fund Administration, 75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116.
Donate by credit card. Click here to access our secure site. Select Haiti Fund in the drop down menu.
Thank you, in advance, for your support.
About the Foundation
The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation, with assets of $695 million. In Fiscal Year 2009, the Foundation and its donors made $86 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of over $72 million. The Foundation is made up of some 900 separate charitable funds established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes. The Boston Foundation also serves as a major civic leader, provider of information, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives designed to address the community’s and region’s most pressing challenges. For more information about the Boston Foundation, visit www.tbf.org or call 617-338-1700.