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Board of Directors

Cyndi A. Jones, MSW
President and Founder

Steve Birnbaum, MD
Treasurer

Debbie Whitehill
Clerk

Jeffrey Baron
Susan B. Bornstein
Reed Juckett
Audrey Loria
Miriam Mandell
Matt Ringelheim
Deborah Shapiro

Board of Advisors

Dr. Robert Brooks
Lauren Bruno
Gerald DiMatteo
Steven Ginsberg
MaryLee Halpin
Susan Hughes
Gail Kaplan
John Kaplan
Judy Levine
Ann Melanson
Jenna Ringelheim
Nat Saltonstall
Lynda Onthank Sullivan
Denise Widman
Howard Zaharoff

Welcome to Wildflower Camp Foundation
Giving the gift of camp and ongoing support
to bereaved families in the Greater Boston area

It is hard to imagine anything more devastating to a young family than the loss of a parent. 

The mission of the Wildflower Camp Foundation is to offer scholarship assistance for summer camp and enrichment programs to families in which a parent has died. It is our well-substantiated belief that this opportunity can provide a restorative experience both for the children and the surviving parent. Why camp, you ask? Because summers are the most challenging time for single parent families; while parents work, children need a safe, nurturing place to go. The experience of carefree summer days, the comfort of new friends and wonderful mentors, a break from the pain and stress at home is an invaluable experience for grieving children and a much needed respite for the surviving parent.

Wildflower is a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 by Cyndi Jones and her family, who years earlier had experienced such a loss. To learn more about Cyndi’s personal story, please visit the Inspiration page.

From very modest beginnings, Wildflower has grown annually – thanks to generous grants and personal donations, along with reduced tuitions, matching grants and scholarships elicited from participating camps. The number of scholarships that Wildflower has granted has multiplied since its inception. But regrettably some children have had to be turned away. We want to be able to increase – even double – the number of children and teens we can serve, while still providing ongoing support to our existing families.

Wildflower is committed to providing the gift of camp throughout a child’s camp years to ensure lasting impact in their lives. We invite you to support our efforts with a financial contribution. To learn more about the many ways that you can support Wildflower, please visit the How to Donate page.

Additionally, we welcome volunteers who are interested in donating their time and ideas. If you might wish to explore this possibility, we would love to hear from you.

Finally, if your family could benefit from this program, or if you know another family that could, we urge you to get in touch with us.  For more information, please visit the How to Apply page.

Meet some of our families. Watch our film on You Tube.

“The Wildflower Camp Foundation is on the cutting edge of camp philanthropy.”

American Camp Association - New England