Founded in 1977, The Fenway Alliance is a membership service and advocacy organization dedicated to the prosperity and growth of the Fenway Cultural District. Members of The Fenway Alliance, a 501(C) 3 not-for-profit organization, are a consortium of twenty-one major cultural, arts and academic institutions located in The Fenway Cultural District. Between 1997 and 2011, these twenty-one member institutions expended over $1 billion dollars in the Boston metropolitan area on capital projects. These institutions, with a combined budget of over $1.5 billion, bring more than 3.9 million visitors to the Fenway Cultural District each year, employ over 20,000 people, and educate and support more than 50,000 students. These institutions also engage in myriad ways of promoting neighborhood revitalization, community development and providing links to higher education and arts and culture for under-served neighborhood youth and families. Taken as a whole, members of the Alliance represent a formidable economic, socio-political and cultural influence within Boston and throughout the New England region.