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Reason #14: We mean it when we say “together”

The earthquake that struck Haiti last January affected families and loved ones who are part of our Trinity Boston Foundation community.

We responded by talking to our citywide partners. To FUEL and Roxbury Presbyterian’s Social Impact Center, our 2010 Bostonians for Youth partners.  We talked to the Black Ministerial Alliance and the Jewish Community Relations Council. Together we created a matching fund to match the offering at a city-wide worship service.  Donors to Trinity Boston Foundation pooled gifts of $25,000 that became part of an inter-faith offering totaling over $110,000. The Foundation’s gifts went to Partners in Health.

Changing the odds for Boston youth will take all of us, working together. And at the Trinity Boston Foundation, we look for ways to increase coordination and effectiveness within the non-profit sector. One crisis — or one opportunity — at a time.

Thanks for your partnership.

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Reason #13: Art + Nature + Our Support = Lives Touched and Changed

On days when the weather isn’t too cold or wet, members of our Street Potential program head outside to paint.

What better place to escape the pressures of the streets than a place like Jamaica Pond?

Street Potential is an after-school program for  youth who are committed to the Department of Youth Services. Who have spent time locked up and who know the pressures of the streets all too well.  We work with them on educational and vocational goals. But through painting and creating hip hop music, we start with the deep work that will help them achieve those goals.

The heart at the center of the painting says it all, doesn’t it? That’s the deep work — and the world’s best reason to give.

Thanks for showing our Street Potential members your love.

Reason #12: The silence after dazzling music

We believe in the power of the arts to inspire and unite us all.

The 1000 people who attended our annual Messiah concert today heard stirring music in a glorious setting.

And in the stillness after the final chord of the choral benediction, when no one wanted to break the moment with applause, we felt connected each to the other – we were a community together.

Music for All is one way that Trinity inspires.

Through generous donations, we’re able to bring ambitious performances to Trinity at ticket prices that are low and accessible to all.

“We couldn’t have afforded the more expensive
seats and the $5 seats were not only a steal, but
our only chance to attend.” — Audience member,
Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts

Music For All is an initiative of the Trinity Boston Preservation Trust, a program of the Trinity Boston Foundation. The Trust’s mission is to raise funds to preserve and maintain Trinity’s landmark buildings and to offer them — through concerts and other events — as a civic and community resource.

We see deep alignment between the work of the Trust and the Foundation’s mission to change the odds for Boston youth. Because we know those odds won’t change until we as a community develop the tools and the will to change them. Trinity’s building — and programs like Music for All — help create that sense of community and purpose.

Are you inspired? Please make a gift today.

Reason #11: Working together, we can accomplish so much more.

TEEP superstar students David, Courtney, Standy and Nickie joined TEEP graduates Juan David and Fuad, Trinity Boston Foundation staff and Team Trinity members for the Rodman Ride last September.  The team rode 25, 50 or 100 miles and raised over $50,000  to support TEEP.  Team members trained together, encouraged each other and built friendships that will last for years to come.

You don’t have to wait for spring training to join the team.  Your gift today supports our TEEP students tomorrow.  Thank you!

Reason #10: Our Artist in Residence, Topper Carew, tells truths we might not otherwise hear.

Filmmaker Topper Carew is Artist in Residence at the Trinity Boston Foundation. Since 2009, Topper has created short films for our annual Bostonians for Youth event.

Have you watched “A Dream Deferred?” or “and the Children Will Lead?”

Topper’s films call us to bold action. Your gifts make it possible.

Reason #6: Once you Discover that you can Run 13.1 Miles; A Goal like College Graduation doesn’t seem as Daunting.

Here are six reasons to support the Trinity Boston Foundation: Nicki, Quinton, Standy, Morgan, Justin and Natalia (not pictured). These are six TEEP students who ran the Boston Half Marathon in October with the adult mentors of Sole Train!, the Foundation’s running club. We couldn’t be more proud of these students, who are part of TEEP’s Leadership Development Program (LDP). The LDP takes students who graduate from the summer program and trains them to be our future leaders through monthly meetings and empowerment groups, college preparation, and academic tutoring.

Who knew they could run 13.1 miles? What else are they likely to accomplish in their lifetimes? We know that that the sky is the limit for our TEEP students.

Please invest in their futures with a gift today.

Reason #5: We Can’t Afford to Lose a Generation

Saturday’s Boston Globe describes “a new report called ‘The State of Black Boston’ by James Jennings, a Tufts University professor of urban environmental policy, [who] analyzed 2006-2008 census data to provide a demographic snapshot of Boston’s black community.

The picture included some findings that highlighted long-recognized issues in Boston — significant disparities in jobs, income, housing, and education, adding up to what the report called “vast inequalities reflected in the life experiences of blacks and other people of color compared to whites.’’

It continues, “The report found that about a quarter of Boston residents are black . . .  Blacks had the highest rates of unemployment of any group, and half the household income of whites.

Particularly alarming, Jennings said, were the vast segments of minority youth living in families so poor that they received federal assistance to buy food — half of all school-aged blacks, a third of black kindergartners, half of Latino kindergartners.”

Sometimes we are tempted at the Trinity Boston Foundation to narrow our focus  — to continue to run programs that empower our participants to reach their potential, but not to try to change the underlying systems.  Turns out that we can’t give up the systems work — because in it lies the opportunity to make a difference on a much larger scale .

Please help us continue to work on both levels — to empower individual youth and families to beat the odds and to change the context for the next generation.

Thanks for partnering with us.