Founded in 1993, the Mission of The Michael Bolton Charities, Inc. is dedicated to two critical areas: (1) The assistance of children and women "at risk;” and, (2) Through education and effective programs, create social awareness to broaden horizons and expand opportunities for youth across socioeconomic and multicultural lines. Through the years, our mission has remained clear: We continue to make funds available to organizations providing direct services to those in need as we search for solutions to the issues that put children and women at risk. We work towards fostering dynamic social change – to break the cycle of domestic violence, poverty, abuse and homelessness through innovative initiatives.
From day one, with Michael Bolton’s active involvement and committed leadership, the focus of The MBC has been on issues which adversely affect children and women at risk. These issues include domestic and street violence, poverty, abuse, neglect, AIDS and homelessness. It began in 1993 with a handful of volunteers building a playground in a dangerous drug-infested New Haven neighborhood, providing children a safe place to play outdoors – beyond the sanctuary of the local church basement.
Over $10 million has been raised from contributions and net income from special events, benefiting more than 100 organizations in cities across the country – highly regarded and accredited agencies providing direct services to children and women at risk. Collaborations on innovative solutions, programs and projects that provide critically needed services are responding to immense challenges and compelling needs, making a difference in individual lives and the life of communities across our country. Without our support, many of these services simply might not exist.
The major focus of The MBC is in the area of violence against women. Michael joined forces with coalitions of women’s groups and members of Congress to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Michael, personally, has continued to devote his time to draw attention to the domestic violence epidemic and to enlist other men to raise their voices for zero tolerance on the issue. He has directed his foundation to do whatever possible to secure continued and additional funding to keep our shelters open, our educational programs functioning, and our children and women safe.
Innovation has always been a major driving force of The MBC and in that vein, The Charities launched in the Fall of 2015 a one of a kind music therapy program. This music therapy program is specifically designed to focus on children exposed to domestic violence and also will be used as a music therapy program in a domestic violence confidential shelter. No such models exist anywhere in our country and there is every indication these programs will meet with major success.
Looking forward to 2016, Michael intends to couple that type of innovation with his long time desire to bring the Family Justice Center (FJC) to his hometown of New Haven, Connecticut. The Family Justice Center is a one-stop support services center for domestic violence victims and their families under one roof, and is modeled after the hugely successful Brooklyn FJC, which MBC has been a staunch supporter of since opening their doors in 2006.