What We Do

We help kids be kids. 

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


Learn more about the kids we serve.

Supporting Big Dreams

Kids choose what they want to do.

Donations to the Wonderfund allow kids to follow their dreams. They choose activities and programs that spark their imagination, unleash their talents and make them happy. 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!

We fund enrichment activities in three areas:

  • ARTS/MUSIC - lessons, equipment, instrument rental, programs, etc.
  • ACADEMICS - tutoring, SAT Prep, school supplies like books and computers, school-related activities like field trips, prom, yearbook and school picture purchases, even outfitting a dorm room
  • ATHLETICS - lessons, equipment, registration fees, memberships, training camps, etc.

Learn more about how we serve. 

There’s nothing like camp.

Carefree play, trying new things, making life-long friends;
 these are just some of the things kids love about camp!

Camp offers experiences that build our children’s confidence, self-esteem
and social skills in an enriching environment, allowing them to learn
and grow when they might otherwise be alone at home.

We fund school vacation and summer camp experiences of all kinds.
We empower the child to choose the camp experience that
best fits their needs and interests.

Our kids have chosen all different kinds of camp:

  • City, town, school and park summer day camp
  • Traditional, YMCA, Boy and Girl Scout overnight camp
  • Performing arts 
  • Sports
  • Language Learning
  • Computer Skills






Will you send a child to camp?

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
  • Meal gift cards to feed children entering into emergency care
  • New Pajamas, underwear, socks, clothing, toiletries
  • New Duffel bags the child can call their own​

Learn more about your impact here

Every child deserves a gift of their own during the holidays.

Our goal is to ensure that all children involved with DCF have a special a gift of their own for the holiday season.  

  • The Wonderfund coordinates the delivery of donated holiday gifts to children we serve through each of the 29 area DCF offices. 
  • Most of these gifts are chosen by donors directly from the wish list of a specific child.
  • In 2016, gifts were delivered to over 42,000 children all over Massachusetts!
  • Sign up today to help us grant wishes for the holidays!  Coordinate your company, church or organization to grant wishes for several children! How many wishes will YOU grant?

Our dedicated partners help us make events like this possible. Learn more about our partners here