Boston Partners in Education Raises $680K at 50-Year Gala

May 15, 2017 — Boston Partners in Education, a Boston-based nonprofit that enhances the academic achievement of Boston’s public school students by providing in-school volunteer support, recently announced that its 50th anniversary gala raised a record $680,000, nearly 12% more than last year.

Proceeds will support academic mentors in every neighborhood of the city, as well as recruitment and retention of community volunteers.

Pamela Civins, executive director of Boston Partners in Education, said, “Our supporters know that their gift is an investment in our youth and our community. So many individuals went above and beyond to give generously to celebrate this milestone anniversary. We have many long-time corporate partners, like State Street, who has been with us from our start, and whose continued support has enabled us to grow and thrive year after year.”

The event, held April 27 at The Agganis Arena at Boston University, attracted 500 attendees and nearly reached its goal to raise $700,000.

Funds were raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, and a live auction, which raised $24,300, and a silent auction, which utilized mobile bidding to raised $19,800.

The gala which generated one-half of the organization's annual budget, was sponsored by Liberty Mutual, Salesforce, and Boston Financial Data Services. Jim Calhoun, Hall of Fame Head Coach of UConn Men’s Basketball (1986-2012), addressed the gathering, sharing his perspective on mentoring and coaching for success.

Founded in 1966 as School Volunteers for Boston with 28 volunteers in six Boston schools, Boston Partners in Education last year placed 539 volunteers, who worked with 3,335 students in 63 Boston Public Schools. According to the nonprofit, academic mentoring programs help students reach their academic goals and increase their self-confidence, communication skills, social responsibility, and ability to make connections and find relevance.

Boston Partners in Education aims to boost the number of students it serves by 25% over the next three to five years.