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Join Our Circle of Friends

What is Circle of Friends?

Circle of Friends are individuals who either on their own or join together to raise $12,000 per year to sponsor an Achiever for their 12 year journey with Friends-Boston.

Each Circle sponsors one child’s participation in the program from selection through graduation. This includes a portion of staffing costs for our Friends (professional mentors), staff development and training, regular activities with the Achiever (academic tutoring, arts and science field trips and activities, community centers) and special activities or what we refer to as helping Achievers find their spark (dance lessons, extra academic supplies, swimming lessons, etc.).

Because we make a long-term investment in our Achievers, we encourage donors to consider developing relationships with the Achiever class they sponsor. Getting to know our Achievers over time allows Circle of Friends members to see the results of their support directly and can create important relationships for our Achievers as they grow up. Your support means the world to them. Become a member of our Circle of Friends today!

Why support Friends–Boston with your gift (or combined gift) of $12,000 per year or more?

Simply put – it works. And, it’s cost-effective compared to other intervention options.1 Friends of the Children truly give a child a sense of purpose, determination and the tools they need for a lifetime of success.

Circle of Friends Donor Giving Levels:

Why make a multi-year commitment?

As a long-term intensive mentoring organization, we encourage multi-year commitments to support the long-term growth of our Achievers.


Who do I contact with questions, resources, or ideas?

To make your commitment today or ask questions about Circle of Friends, please contact:

Stacy DellOrfano, Director of Development

1Based on the achievements of our graduates, analysts from the Harvard Business School Association of Oregon calculated a $7.60 in social return for every $1 invested in our program as a result of higher wages earned and lower burdens on social safety nets and the justice system. This increased to a $26 Social Return on Investment (SROI) when familial and generational effects are considered. Read more about our Return on Investment.