MA ALLIANCE OF BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS: THE POWER OF ORGANIZING

 
 

Historically, the 41 members clubs that now comprise the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs sought individual earmark funding for their local organizations through the annual state budget, an inefficient and unpredictable process for obtaining state dollars.

Working in close partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and club officials across Massachusetts, Ventry Associates helped unite these organizations into a single state funding access point and advocacy organization. We then built a lobbying plan to teach clubs how to steward their legislators and created an annual luncheon/lobbying day on Beacon Hill, which remains one of the most successful and well-attended events on the State House’s annual calendar.

Since FY2005, Ventry has secured over $21 million for the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, making it a national model for other state Alliances across the country. Ventry has spoken at multiple national Boys & Girls Club conferences to share this success story and advise others on best practices.