Avison Fund


David Avison took this panoramic photograph of students from the Manning Elementary School in Jamaica Plain after they performed a holiday concert at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in December of 2003.

Greetings from the Avison Fund Committee

The Request for Proposals for the 2017 Cycle for granting is now available. You can find it via this link or by picking up paper copy in the Friends Center. The grant proposal form is available from the Associated Grant Makers website.

The deadline for those proposals is 5:00 pm on January 5, 2017. Groups receive notice of granting decisions by the end of May.

If you have questions, email avisonfundapps@gmail.com.

The Kathryn and Charles Avison-Miriam Avison Charitable Fund at The Boston Foundation (tBf) was established through the estate of a long time attender at Friends Meeting Cambridge. As stated in the estate: “The mission of this fund is to help improve the lives of children: helping them to grow into productive, caring yet savvy human beings.” In 2007, the bequest of this friend invited FMC to act as an advisor to tBf and provide discernment on which organizations will receive grants each year that funds are distributed. The donor also stipulated that up to twenty percent of each year’s disbursements may go to Quaker organizations. (NOTE: Organizations must have 501(c) 3 status to apply and receive funds.)

Beginning in 2009, the Avison Fund Committee, an appointed committee of FMC, has made grants ranging from $7,500-$30,000. The following groups are past recipients of this funding (*groups which received grants in 2015):

• Adoption Foster Care & Mentoring*
• AFSC- Youth Justice-Newark Project (Quaker)*
• ALDEA (Advancing Local Development through Empowerment and Action in Guatemala)*
• Association for India’s Development*
• Bikes Not Bombs*
• Boston Youth Sanctuary
• Cambridge Friends School (Quaker)
• Cambridge School Volunteers*
• The Children’s Room
• The City School*
• Friends of Kakemega (Quaker)
• Friends of Rafael Hernandez School*
• Germaine Lawrence School
• Home Start
• Project Right
• United Teen Equality Center
• Villages with out Walls