RISE TO THE CHALLENGE |
EMERGE STRONG


A NOVEL CORONAVIRUS CRISIS AND POST-CRISIS RESPONSE FUND

We Need You More Than Ever

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The Rise to the Challenge | Emerge Strong Campaign is a $3M funding drive that seeks to raise all the critical funds needed to replace the Club's three remaining events for this fiscal year — the Gala, golf tournament, and poker tournament — and other smaller fundraising campaigns. This fund also ensures that when we emerge from this health crisis and face the social and economic challenges that await us, the Club will, again, be there, standing shoulder to shoulder with youth, families and neighborhoods. Together, we will RISE TO THE CHALLENGE AND EMERGE STRONG.

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco has been a critical resource in our community for 129 years.

As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to challenge us all and our very way of life, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is once again standing tall. Day after day, the Club shows up, opening our doors and our hearts. Everything that we have done throughout this crisis is 100% focused on the health and well-being of young people. From in-Clubhouse programs, to food distribution, to a virtual Clubhouse experience, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is offering a continuum of care for young people that is keeping them connected to their support systems, bringing routine and normalcy to their lives, and facilitating continued learning and advancement.

BGCSF now has four of its 13 San Francisco locations open for youth (the Club is classified as an Essential Business within the Order and is abiding by the standards set by the San Francisco Department of Public Health for social distancing.) At three sites, we are offering programs to a limited number of youth for five hours per day. The Columbia Park Clubhouse in the Mission is open for extended hours to be available to children whose families work in hospitals. Additionally, we are leading or supporting food distribution efforts in four neighborhoods — Visitacion Valley, Western Addition, Excelsior, and Sunnydale — connecting youth and families to over 2,600 meals each week.

Through BGCSF's Virtual Clubhouse and our targeted engagement efforts with kids and families, staff are able to provide engaging programs and critical support, including homework help, tutoring, behavioral health services, art instruction, dance classes, cooking instruction, leadership programs for middle schoolers and high schoolers, college prep, job readiness programs, wellness checks, groceries, and prepared meals.

Our Clubhouses are located in communities that face significant challenges in the best of times. We are clear that the long-term implications of this health crisis will be felt most by poor and marginalized communities. When we emerge from this health crisis and face the social and economic challenges that await us, the Club will, again, be there, standing shoulder to shoulder with youth, families and neighborhoods. Together, we will RISE TO THE CHALLENGE AND EMERGE STRONG.

Rise to the Challenge. Emerge Strong.

BGCSF is launching a $3M funding drive to sustain our organization through September 30th, the end of our fiscal year. To lead the effort, our Board of Governors is contributing $1M, and we are looking to our community of partners to provide the additional $2M in support.

We know that these are tough and uncertain times, and we recognize that many nonprofit organizations will be asking for your support to sustain them. And, of course, we understand that the financial markets are down tremendously and that people’s employment situation might be in question.

Still, we ask because it’s important.

If you can help, we need it. We need financial support to sustain what we are doing now, in the heart of the crisis, and we need support to make sure we are strong and nimble coming out of the health crisis. We are clear that the greatest suffering that will occur as a result of this disease — and the many ramifications on society because of the disease — will be felt by those in poor and marginalized communities. BGCSF families, and others like them, will most likely suffer more and suffer longer, paying a disproportionate price as they always do.

Thank You to Our Campaign Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the following corporate and foundation partners who have embraced us with their generosity. Their critical support is helping BGCSF support youth and families now during this crisis and will enable us to emerge strong from this pandemic.

Club Stories

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2020 Staff of the Year Awards

Each year, we take time to celebrate staff members who have truly gone above and beyond for our youth and families. Check out some of our outstanding staff members who were recognized for our 2020 Staff of the Year Awards!

Summer Learning Programs Combat COVID-19 Slide

With COVID-19 school closures leading right into summer, the amount of time that kids are out of the classroom has doubled to five months. BGCSF is offering intense summer learning at eight locations, focusing on literacy and STEM programs, in order to counteract the effects of Summer Learning Loss and the COVID-19 Slide.

Where Do We Go Next?

A letter from BGCSF President Rob Connolly to supporters.

Contact Us

To learn more, discuss giving options, or make a gift, please contact:
Jamin McVeigh, Director of Development, at 415-445-5413 or jmcveigh@kidsclub.org

For media inquiries, please contact:
Cailin Stockdale, Director of Marketing & Communication, at 515-210-5363 or cstockdale@kidsclub.org