Leadership Development Resources & Community
Rodman for Kids is dedicated to raising resources, building capacity, and creating opportunities for youth-focused organizations, their leaders, and the young people they serve.
Our Approach & Impact
Our North Star is that all young people in the community have access to the programs, resources, and opportunities they need to dream, grow, and reach their full potential.
Too often organizations serving the most marginalized young people in our community are under-resourced, siloed, and competing against each other for precious resources. Ultimately, it’s the young people that suffer. Rodman for Kids believes in the power of collaboration, working together with organizations as a true partner towards a common vision to support the most vulnerable young people in our communities. We not only act as a core funder of these organizations but also as a convenor, and catalyst.
We bring together the leaders and staff of our partner organizations to create a collaborative peer learning and support community, building their knowledge & capacity through professional and leadership development opportunities. Through these convenings, we are able to stay proximate to their work and responsive to their needs in real time. By bringing these organizations and leaders together on a regular basis, we also create the conditions for deep relationships and new partnerships to be formed well beyond the space we hold with them.
Building Collaborations Between
Through our signature cost-free fundraising platform, The Rodman Ride for Kids, we convene our partner organizations and offer incentive-based fundraising opportunities that increases participation, grows donor engagement, and ultimately raises more funds for their programs than otherwise would be possible.
For additional financial support to dozens of partner organizations, we provide a one-of-a kind holiday fundraising gala – Celebration for Kids, bringing together Boston’s top chef’s, celebrities, and an unparalleled auction to fill an important financial gap for families and organizations during the holiday season and beyond.
These high-profile events not only raise much needed funds but engage thousands of supporters from across the state and greatly amplifies public awareness of these organizations in the community.
We also support our partner organizations by providing unique, once-in-a lifetime experiences to the young people they serve through our Theatre for Kids and Disney for Kids – opening their eyes and inspiring their minds to possibilities beyond their own imaginations and neighborhoods.
The result is a strong, connected, and well-resourced network of youth-focused organizations and opportunities young people have access to throughout the commonwealth.
To put it simply, we provide infrastructure, resources, and opportunities for our partners to do what they do best… to serve and support the young people in our community.
“To be able to complete the ride, together, reinforces so much of what Friends of the Children and specifically our relationship has been built on. We joke around, we make a shared playlist to listen to on the ride, we look forward to it, but really we see it as an anchoring part of our relationship.”