Andover, MA (June 26, 2023) - The ALKU Foundation, part of Andover-based staffing firm, ALKU, is pleased to pledge a $25,000 one-time catalyst grant in support of Boston Partners in Education’s Raise Your Hand Campaign. This grant marks the largest donation Boston Partners in Education (BPIE) has ever received, emphasizing the commitment of the ALKU Foundation to uplift youth serving programs that promote equity and social progress for future leaders.
“We’re grateful for The ALKU Foundation’s continued partnership and their latest investment in our work, especially at this critical time for our organization,” shares Erin McGrath, Executive Director of BPIE. “As we work to cover expenses while building sustainable operating reserves, The ALKU Foundation’s support is more important than ever, allowing us to reach students who need our programs the most.”
BPIE is the longest-running continuous nonprofit partner of Boston Public Schools (BPS), offering academic mentoring to students in all grade levels and subject areas. The organization trains volunteers from the Boston community, who commit to spend at least one hour per week working one-on-one or with a small group of students.
BPIE provides critical mentoring services to over 1,000 students annually, at no cost to them, providing academic and social-emotional support.
The ALKU Foundation’s grant comes at a time when BPIE has reached an inflection point; the effect of COVID on both corporate and event-focused revenue models leaves BPIE in danger of pausing operations while rebuilding its financial sustainability. The Raise Your Hand campaign aims to secure $500,000 for BPIE before January 1, 2024. This funding will go directly to operational expenses and program costs, ensuring that BPIE’s critical academic mentoring programs continue to provide additional support to BPS students throughout the district.
“The ALKU Foundation is thrilled to partner with Boston Partners in Education to support students across the Boston Public School district,” said the ALKU Foundation’s Executive Director, Vanessa Plant. “BPIE provides critical mentoring services to over 1,000 students annually, at no cost to them, providing academic and social-emotional support. The ALKU Foundation believes in the importance of every young person having access to such transformative relationships, and we are honored to support BPIE in their mission."
The ALKU Foundation encourages others to join them in support of BPIE’s urgent fundraising needs. To get involved with the Raise Your Hand for BPIE campaign, visit bpie2023.givesmart.com.
The ALKU Foundation builds meaningful partnerships with nonprofit organizations that create and promote positive change in the lives of young people and their Massachusetts communities. The ALKU Foundation is part of ALKU, a leading contingent staffing firm focused on deploying highly-skilled, specialized consulting resources in the areas of enterprise technology, life sciences, data science, cybersecurity, and government. ALKU is consistently ranked on prestigious ‘Best Places to Work’ lists across the country and has a 15+ year track record of training and developing talent. Given ALKU’s unique culture, focus on training and development, and highly-specialized, division-led operating model, ALKU has grown at an industry-leading pace since its founding in 2008.
Founded in 1966, Boston Partners in Education is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students in the Boston Public Schools (BPS) through our in-classroom academic mentoring services. We are a longstanding and trusted partner of BPS, responding to the needs of students and their teachers. We prepare volunteers of all ages and backgrounds from Boston’s diverse neighborhoods to serve as academic mentors to students. Our trained academic mentors work with students directly in the classroom during the school day for at least an hour each week. This type of consistent support can help all students fill academic gaps and build the self-confidence necessary to achieve their goals.