Greetings from the Avison Fund Committee

The Kathryn and Charles Avison – Miriam Avison Chartable 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, is currently making grants between $3,000-10,000.

2018 Avison Funding Cycle

The following groups are 2018 recipients of this funding:

First Teacher
Cambridge School Volunteers
Sibling Connection
Food For Free Backpacks Project
UTEC Gross Motor
Families First
Breakthrough Greater Boston

2017 Avison Funding Cycle

The following groups are 2017 recipients of this funding:

AFSC- Wabanaki Youth Project
ALDEA (Advancing Local Development through Empowerment and Action in Guatemala)
Artists for Humanity
Boston Mobilization for Survival
Boston Youth Sanctuary
The Convergence Ensemble
AFSC- Wabanaki Youth Project
ALDEA (Advancing Local Development through Empowerment and Action in Guatemala)
Artists for Humanity
Boston Mobilization for Survival
Boston Youth Sanctuary
The Convergence Ensemble

The following groups are past recipients of Avison Fund Grants.

AFSC- Youth Justice-Newark Project (Quaker)
Association for India’s Development
Bikes Not Bombs
Cambridge Friends School (Quaker)
Cambridge School Volunteers
Camp Onas
The Children’s Room
The City School
First Teacher
Friends Children’s Center (New Haven)
Friends of Rafael Hernandez School
Germaine Lawrence School
Home Start
Project Right
REEP-ACE
Silverlining Mentoring