Boys & Girls Club Study Finds 10x Returns for Investments

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MASHPEE – The Boys & Girls Club (BGC) recently completed a study which found that, for each dollar invested in the clubs, $9.60 is returned to the community.

That study was conducted by the Institute for Social Research and the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.

BGC of Mashpee Executive Director Ruth Provost said the Cape’s center is a great example of return on investments.

She said the center’s annual budget of $783 serves 963 Cape children and teens.

“The economic benefit for those families works out at that 9.6 multiplier to over $7.5 million annually,” Provost said.

Provost attributes this to a number of factors, including earning power for parents when they don’t have to pay for more expensive childcare costs.

Additionally, she said those who participate in BGC programs typically avoid drug and alcohol use and contribute to society.

She said they tend to avoid run-ins with the criminal justice system later in life.

BGC is also privately funded and does not use taxpayer funding.

Clubs across the nation collectively spend $1.4 billion annually on operating costs, according to the BGC. This means $13.8 billion is given back in terms of current and future savings and cost-savings.

Provost said these findings will be a boon to the organization’s fundraising efforts.

The clubhouse in Mashpee at 31 Frank E. Hicks Drive is open to any Cape youth ages 6 through 18. Membership is $100 a year and entitles a child to visit at any time the club is open for their age group.

A gym, game room, art programs, computer room and other activities are available for members.

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