Financial and In-Kind Resources

Mass Mentoring’s services to our network of 370+ mentoring programs include the development and distribution of financial and in-kind resources designed to strengthen programs’ efforts in serving youth.

Financial Resources

The ALKU Scholarship Created in 2015 by ALKU CEO and MMP Board Member Mark Eldridge, the ALKU Scholarship is a $30,000 college scholarship for rising high school seniors. Through Mark's leadership and generosity, the scholarship provides youth the opportunity to apply for financial support to achieve their full potential as they pursue their college careers.  By providing financial resources, ALKU and MMP together aim to build the capacity of organizations to connect youth to a broader web of... Read more
About the Award Now Accepting Applications for the 2020 KELLY Award! Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is pleased to announce the annual KELLY Award (Keep Encouraging Lifelong Learning for Youth), an educational award supported by MMP, the Kelly Family Foundation, and Liberty Mutual. Established in 2007 and named in honor of Debbie and Ted Kelly, the award provides educational support to young people of any age who are in empowering youth-adult relationships and have overcome adversity. As... Read more
Named in honor of Mass Mentoring Partnership’s late Board Chair, Jim Connolly, the tribute fund honors his memory and dedication to mentoring. The fund supports an annual gift or project that is aligned with our mission of fueling the youth mentoring movement across Massachusetts, and Jim’s volunteer leadership and service to the organization. A competitive RFP is typically released each spring or summer, and interested applicants should check this page around that time.  Jim embodied,... Read more
Originally created in FY99, the Mentoring Matching Grant funding is the only state investment solely dedicated to expanding quality mentoring across Massachusetts. The primary goal of this funding is to increase the number of high-quality mentoring matches through grants to public and private agencies as a strategy to assist in closing the persistent achievement gap among Massachusetts youth. Aligning with the State’s primary goal, programs can use funding to create or support existing matches... Read more

In-kind Resources

We support mentoring programs by soliciting and distributing tickets, passes, and opportunities to a variety of sport, cultural, and recreational events and activities. In 2013, we garnered and distributed more than $200,000 of subsidized match activities for Massachusetts programs. Two events of special note include our annual Mentoring Night with the Celtics and Mentoring Night at Fenway Park. Each January, Mentoring Night with the Celtics brings together several hundred matches to attend a... Read more


Recruitment Campaigns and Seed Grants
Our three signature mentor recruitment campaigns –National Mentoring Month, the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge, and Back-to-School – aim to:
  • Raise awareness of mentoring
  • Recruit mentors
  • Build program capacity to conduct their own recruitment
Interested programs can sign up to participate in these campaigns in early spring each year. Campaign partners will receive resources and support through seed money grants, general strategic assistance, technical assistance around public awareness and marketing, and free incentives to help implement their individual recruitment plans. To learn more about each recruitment campaign, and to find templates, toolkits, and information, follow the link associated with each campaign below.

Since 2005, we have teamed up with the Boston Red Sox for the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge to recruit more caring adults as mentors.

An annual initiative in January, National Mentoring Month (NMM) raises national awareness for mentoring.

Additional Funding Opportunities

We encourage programs to explore these and other funding prospects:

Cabot Family Charitable Trust: Annual deadlines Feb. 1 and Sept. 1
The Cabot Family Charitable Trust makes grant awards to nonprofit organizations working in the arts and culture, education and youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services, and for the public benefit. For more information, visit

Bank of America Philanthropic Management: Deadlines vary
Bank of America Philanthropic Management serves as trustee, co-trustee or agent to a wide variety of discretionary charitable foundations. For a complete listing of these nearly 100 foundations, as well as detailed information about the grant making focus of each, go to

Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation: Deadline rolling
The Foundation supports local organizations that provide basic human services to residents of eastern Massachusetts. Grant recipients generally provide services in the following areas: affordable housing, homelessness prevention, job readiness, family and children, human services, and community healthcare. The foundation accepts two types of grant requests: Community Grants and Partnership Grants. For more information, click here.

Bank of America Local Grants: Deadline rolling
The majority of Bank of America's local grant making programs have no deadline; applications are reviewed throughout the year at regularly scheduled local market leadership meetings. For information on specific priorities, or to apply, click here.

The Lynch Foundation: Deadline rolling
The Lynch Foundation provides assistance to programs with an emphasis on education; culture and historic preservation; healthcare and medical research; and religious and educational efforts of the Roman Catholic Church. For more information, click here.

Sun Life Rising Star Award: Next deadline TBA
Eligible programs must directly benefit secondary school youth, ages 21 and younger, in the area of education engagement and matriculation rates and be aligned with or partner with secondary or post-secondary educational institutions. For more information, click here.

Bank of America Student Leaders: Next deadline TBA
Opportunities are available to eligible high school juniors and seniors through this unique program. Student Leaders receive an eight-week paid summer internship with select nonprofits as well as a week-long, all-expense paid trip to the Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. in July 2012. Visit Bank of America's website for more information.

Yawkey Foundations Scholars Program: Next deadline Feb. 17, 2015
The Yawkey Scholars Program is a need-based, college scholarship program for students with unique life circumstances who participated in a sustained mentoring relationship during high school. There are several requirements for this scholarship - most notably a student must be a current senior at an accredited high school in Massachusetts, and accepted to and plan to attend a private four-year college or university in Massachusetts. Click here for more information.