The seeds of inspiration for The B Fund grew from the experiences of parents who cared for their critically ill child in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital. It became clear to them that there was a need to support families who were caring for critically ill children, and that there was no better way to fulfill this need than through engaging children of all ages in acts of giving. We aim to empower kids to reflect on the needs of their community and consider how their own efforts are enough to make the world a better place.
We believe that developing compassion in children is quite similar to developing muscle strength. The more you use your muscles, the stronger they get. The same concept applies for igniting our children’s interest in becoming life-long givers. Children who participate in age-appropriate activities that teach kindness, empathy, and respect develop the “muscles” they need to become civically engaged adolescents and adults.
-Jessica Myers, Founding Member
The B Fund took flight, fueled by the desire of a group of like-minded parents who wanted to include their children in hands-on philanthropy from an early age. Together they were determined to:
- Create a program designed to empower parents and educators with the necessary tools to teach children the value of philanthropy through an experiential learning program.
- Grow the culture of giving and philanthropy not only in one's home but in the community that surrounds them
- Provide support and resources to local families caring for a critically ill child. Some examples of these resources: parking, travel, hotel, education, meals, and other extraordinary needs.
- Today, The B Fund is committed to teaching children of all ages the values of compassion, humanity and generosity by inspiring them to give of their time, talent and treasures to help others. Our carefully crafted resources empower families with the tools they need to inspire the change the world wants to see, and to simply: Believe In The Power of Giving.
Impact on Families
- 12,500 Parking Vouchers
- 4,000 Meal Vouchers
- 3,750 Welcome Bags for parents, which provide both comfort and useful tools.
- 1,134 Be Bags for Patients activity bags which provide a welcomed distraction for kids in the hospital.
- 2,534 nights of family housing/hotel stays
- New “Kangaroo” Chairs have been placed in the NICU to allow parents the opportunity to participate in a form of developmental care vital to a pre-term babies health.