What We Do

We help kids be kids.

Catching a fly ball, painting a beautiful picture, passing your driver’s test, these are the moments that all kids deserve. The Wonderfund gives kids and teens served by DCF the opportunity to enjoy childhood’s magical moments.

100%
of kids experiencing emergency home
removals received Wonderfund aid

30,090
kids received enrichment
opportunities

47%
more kids attended
camp than last year

45,000
kids received holiday gifts
from Wonderfund donors

How We Serve

The Wonderfund was founded to exclusively serve children engaged with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Our unique partnership with DCF allows us the opportunity to work directly with social workers to meet the individual needs of these children.

Enrichment "the fun stuff":

  • Investing in moments; things like music lessons, SAT prep, and soccer camp. These moments build confidence, character and foster lifelong respect for themselves and others by keeping their minds and bodies active outside of school. We believe that every child deserves to do the things they love and our goal is to enrich our kids lives. 

Emergency Aid "the tough stuff":

  • Providing comfort for thousands of children who experience home removal every year, often with only the clothes on their back. We provide an Emergency Aid gift card or a new duffel bag filled with seasonally appropriate clothing, pajamas, socks and underwear to give each child something to call their own

Supporting Big Dreams

Kids choose what they want to do

You make it possible for children and teens to engage with their friends and community, build confidence and skills and just feel like a kid! The Wonderfund encourages kids to choose activities and programs that spark their imagination, unleash their talents and bring them joy. Your donations to the Wonderfund allow kids to follow their dreams.

We fund enrichment activities in these areas:

  • Arts & Music: lessons, equipment, instrument rental, programs, etc.
  • Academics: tutoring, SAT Prep, school-related activity fees like educational field trips
  • Athletics: lessons, equipment, registration fees, memberships, training camps, etc.
  • Camp: sailing, swimming, soccer, hiking, boating and friendship

Comfort in a time of need.

Emergency Aid and Transitional Necessities

Many of the 10,000 children who enter DCF foster care each year come into care with only the clothes on their backs. In this traumatic time, many children must leave their homes without necessary everyday items like winter coats, pajamas, underwear, shoes or their favorite comforting teddy bear. Your support will help children in these difficult circumstances feel more comfortable and cared for as they enter their new surroundings.

The Wonderfund is the only nonprofit that can be there immediately, with no red tape, to bring extra comfort in a tramatic moment. We fund, and work with partners to provide each DCF office with basic necessities so the social workers can be ready when a child needs them in an emergency situation. These items include:

•  Diapers, wipes, baby supplies
•  Gift Cards to fund the purchase of clothing
•  New Pajamas, underwear, socks, clothing, toiletries
•  New Duffel bags the child can call their own

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You Can Help

The Wonderfund is proud to have the support of a community of individuals, corporations, and partner organizations who share our belief that giving children a sense of security and hope during transition and empowering them to choose individual enrichment activities that they love can change the trajectory of their young lives. 

Learn how you can help