Brought to you by the Brookline Council of Nonprofit Leaders

Are you looking to make an impact in your community? Would you like to help Brookline be more accessible, equitable, giving, and kind? 

The Be More Brookline campaign wants to introduce you to the Brookline-based nonprofits that define the town’s unique character. Whether you can contribute time, skills, donations – or all of the above – there exists an opportunity for you to engage with Brookline’s nonprofits.

Browse the list of organizations below, and then visit their websites to explore donation options, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to support their mission.


We are yes. We are fillers of gaps. Creators of solutions. We stretch donations further. We make a difference. We are the only foundation that addresses the needs of Brookline as a whole. Fulfilling the promise of opportunity for all neighbors. Spotlighting community needs, inspiring philanthropy, awarding strategic grants where they’re needed most? Yes. Mission The Brookline Community Foundation creates opportunity and promotes equity through the transformative power of giving.
We are yes. We are fillers of gaps. Creators of solutions. We stretch donations further. We make a difference. We are the only foundation that addresses the needs of Brookline as a whole. Fulfilling the promise of opportunity for all neighbors. Spotlighting community needs, inspiring philanthropy, awarding strategic grants where they’re needed most? Yes. Mission The Brookline Community Foundation creates opportunity and promotes equity through the transformative power of giving
The mission of the Brookline Food Pantry is to ensure that none of our Brookline neighbors go to bed hungry.
Founded in 1999, the Brookline Library Foundation’s initial goal was to raise private funds for the restoration of the Brookline Village location of the Public Library of Brookline. The Foundation raised more than $5 million for that renovation and continues to raise capital for all three Brookline libraries. Our funds have supported innovative programs, books and materials, museum passes, new technology and enhancements to our buildings. In addition to conducting an annual appeal, the Foundation often hosts a town-wide party at one of the library’s locations. Each year we recruit community members to run the Boston Marathon as part of Team Brookline, raising needed funds for the Brookline Library Foundation.
The BHS Innovation Fund fosters a culture of innovation at Brookline High School by supporting the development of new ideas and initiatives that prepare our students to thrive in a rapidly changing world. The Fund is a community supported non-profit that invests in innovative courses and programs that help faculty and administrators to continue to deliver excellence in education. After an evaluation period, selected initiatives are integrated into the BHS curriculum and Town of Brookline budget. Since its inception in 1998, the BHS Innovation Fund has invested more than $6.5 million to launch and support over 30 programs, helping make Brookline High School a national model for academic innovation.
The BTC is a non-profit drop-in, out-of school time facility offering an array of programs, activities and events that are delivered by our expert staff, volunteers and teens. The BTC strives to transform lives by connecting members with the experiences, resources and supports they need to succeed both in and out of school. One of the things that makes the BTC different from many other teen centers is the long-time focus on being a “teen-driven” program. Teens have been involved since the beginning and continue to drive the program today. There is a Teen Board of Directors, Teen Music Team, Teen Events Council and teen employees. Teens are involved in marketing, media and programming decisions and use the BTC as a place to launch their own ideas for projects, events and programs.
The BTC is a non-profit drop-in, out-of school time facility offering an array of programs, activities and events that are delivered by our expert staff, volunteers and teens. The BTC strives to transform lives by connecting members with the experiences, resources and supports they need to succeed both in and out of school. One of the things that makes the BTC different from many other teen centers is the long-time focus on being a “teen-driven” program. Teens have been involved since the beginning and continue to drive the program today. There is a Teen Board of Directors, Teen Music Team, Teen Events Council and teen employees. Teens are involved in marketing, media and programming decisions and use the BTC as a place to launch their own ideas for projects, events and programs.
The Brookline Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to enrich our community through performances and outreach events. But more importantly, sharing music is simply what our musicians love to do.
The BEF supports innovation and excellence in pre-K through grade 12 classrooms by raising funds that are critical to keeping our schools at the leading edge of public education.
The mission of Steps to Success is to promote equity for students from low-income families in Brookline by expanding their horizons, building upon their skills, and supporting their educational journey in order to maximize their life choices.
Our mission is as present today in all of our programs and activities as it was in our founders’ basement so many years ago. With a faculty of professional working artists, rotating exhibitions and community outreach, the BAC continues to focus on providing high quality visual arts classes, exhibitions and events for our community.

https://brooklineartscenter.com
Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) is an integrated media and technology education center and a community media hub for Brookline, MA and the region. BIG facilitates diverse community dialogue, incubates and funds hyperlocal storytelling, arts, journalism, media literacy, and technology projects, including Virtual Reality (VR), and serves over 500 youth and adults annually through innovative classes and partnerships. BIG offers extensive multimedia training, access to high-quality equipment, cohort programs and partnerships, and provides low-cost professional media services to non-profit organizations, education partners, businesses, and access to local government coverage.
Puppet Showplace Theater is New England’s center for puppetry arts. Each year, we present over 300 performances by professional puppet companies to audiences of all ages at our intimate Brookline Village theater. Our touring productions reach thousands more at schools, libraries, theaters, and cultural centers throughout the Northeast region and beyond. We offer workshops, classes, summer programs, and training opportunities to both children and adults, and we partner with local and emerging artists to develop new and innovative puppetry productions.
Brookline Music School is a nonprofit organization that has provided excellence in music education to the greater Boston community since 1924. We rely on the generous support of our donors to benefit the community through music.
At The Brookline Center, we ensure that adults, children, and families in our community can access care where and when they need it. We provide outpatient mental health treatment and integrated social services for thousands of people each year, of all backgrounds and cultures. In particular, we care for underserved individuals with lower and moderate incomes, limited care access, and serious mental illness. We open our doors to every Brookline resident–and, in some cases, those in neighboring communities–serving individuals and families facing adverse life circumstances or struggling with mental health issues, even with severe conditions or limited ability to pay.
VOICES Boston (formerly PALS Children’s Chorus) is a nationally recognized performing arts program based in Brookline, Massachusetts. VOICES Boston changes the lives of children in the greater Boston area, building confidence, discipline, leadership, and a love of music that lasts a lifetime.

This is supported by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation. The BCF creates opportunity and promotes equity through the transformative power of giving.  To support this mission, each year BCF makes grants that address needs and opportunities in the community, encourage collaborations and partnerships to better serve the town and our residents, and strengthen local non-­profits.