Center receives no city, state, or federal funding. This is due not
because the money isn't available, but because of limitations. One
limitation states that the center can only serve a certain number of
students and, if the center serves more than that number, they have to
send the students to other East Boston schools. As the Executive
Director, Dominic Avellani stated, "Since when does Jordan Marsh send
it's customers to Filene's?" The second reason why the school does not
seek city funds is because only people from East Boston could attend.
The Center currently has students from Greater Boston and every Boston
neighborhood. Part of the Center's mission is to help everyone,
reguardless of race, religion, creed, origin, or where they may
domicile and the use of city, state, or federal funding would impair
that mission (at least 70% come from East Boston).
the school depends on Foundations, Corporations, contributions from
individuals, and a low cost to the students for its funding. Some
notable foundations are the Polaroid Foundation, Bank of Boston, the
Lotus Foundation, The Lenny Fund, IBM, the Bank of America Foundation,
etc. Most students pay what they can afford while many others attend
free. The center prefers quantity of students over amount of money. The
Center has the biggest GED Spanish Preparation program in Massachusetts
with over 50 individuals attending every month.