Donating to Our Mutual Aid Fund

About the Cambridge Mutual Aid Fund

Updated on 04/07/2021

  • We started this fund in late-March 2020 (a year ago!) when we realized that many of our neighbors would be stranded in the widening gap between their last paychecks and the hope of future assistance. As formal grant programs began to disburse, we acknowledged there were many who were were unable to qualify. That's where we come in. To date we have redistributed more than $110,000 in direct aid + critical care packages for the local community -- for both families and individuals in need.

  • When folks reach out to us about financial assistance, we provide holistic support through connecting individuals to local resources, formal programs, and our wonderful volunteers to ensure the needs of the community are met

  • We are committed to the values of solidarity not charity, choosing to trust each other, transparency, and respecting the dignity of all. We will continue to post all transactions of money moving in and out on a shared spreadsheet and maintain the privacy of recipients.

  • For those who don't want a paypal and who want to mail a check to
    Democracy Center, CMAN Fund,
    30 Bow St, Cambridge 02138.

  • Checks need to be made out to Foundation for Civic Leadership Inc with a memo "CMAN fund" - Staff at the DC are mainly working remotely so it might be slower to clear so expect it to take about 2 weeks.

  • If you prefer to donate without logging on to paypal please use this link and be sure to choose CMAN fund from the dropdown menu.


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For those with a PayPal Account

To DONATE to our mutual aid fund, we have detailed steps below.

To make our fundraising most effective, we have partnered with the Democracy Center, a Cambridge-based nonprofit.

To contribute:

  1. go to paypal.me/democracycenter

  2. Click "Send"

  3. Enter your amount, write "CMAN Fund" in payment note, and deselect the "Paying for goods or a service?" box if you see one.

We have screen shots of the screens you will encounter to the left. The first page will say "Foundation for Civic Leadership" and you need to press send. Then, you will be brought to the page where you can enter your amount. Remember to write "for CMAN Fund" in payment note, and deselect the "Paying for goods or a service?" box.

Thanks for all you do to support the community!



Need financial assistance?

  • Check out these resources offered by the City of Cambridge and surrounding organizations under Financial Support, you can also contact us directly by filling out our form on that page.

Would you like to help sustain the fund?

  • Our fund will still rely upon the generosity and solidarity of community members to sustain it.

  • If you have donated before, please consider donating again. If you haven’t please consider donating for the first time. It is only with your assistance that we can continue to provide urgently needed direct-aid to fellow residents to cover things like rent, utilities, food, supplies and medical bills.

  • To make our fundraising most effective, we have partnered with the Democracy Center, a Cambridge-based nonprofit. To contribute,

    • go to paypal.me/democracycenter and enter your amount.

    • Write "For CMAN Fund" in your payment note, and

    • deselect the "Paying for goods or a service?" box.