MassNeeds Announces $13 Million Commitment to Nonprofits Providing Hunger, Heat, Housing and Health Care Support for Bay State Residents This Winter
Monday, December 02, 2013
As costs rise and wages decline, many low- and moderate-income families in Massachusetts face desperate times this winter. Today, MassNeeds – a statewide coalition of corporate, public and private foundations supporting more than 200 nonprofit organizations –
announced that 51 funders have committed in excess of $13 million to help provide hunger, heat, housing and health care support for Massachusetts residents – a more than fifty percent increase over last year’s efforts.
The increased commitment comes at a critical time for Massachusetts nonprofits, which are facing drastic cuts in federal aid and the looming possibility of a government shutdown in early 2014. The MassNeeds campaign has set records in each of its five years, with contributions of more than $30 million to Massachusetts nonprofits. It has also served to highlight urgent basic needs faced by children, families, the elderly and the hundreds of organizations stepping up to meet those needs.
More details at massneeds.org
How to Help the Typhoon Victims in Philippines
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
AGM is working to keep our Members informed of the resources available to offer assistance to those affected by the devastating typhoon in the Philippines. Our Disaster Relief Resource page has an up-to-date listing of agencies providing assistance to this area. If you have any resources you would like us to add please email AGM.
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The Overhead Myth
Monday, November 11, 2013
A movement is building to combat the overhead myth, which erroneously focuses on overhead as a viable measure of nonprofit effectiveness. This misconception, long held by many donors, often results in nonprofits that are starved of resources they need to have impact. The Bridgespan Group and Donors Forum (Illinois)
have been working together to bring together dedicated funders and nonprofit leaders to tackle the issue through education, sharing of stories, and collective action. We want to change the conversation from overhead to answering the question “What do good outcomes cost?” and moving toward more meaningful ways to measure and communicate impact. As part of this effort—and to spark conversation amongst a large set of organizations—a group of Donors Forum members created this short, pithy video to serve as a conversation starter. Watch the video and share your thoughts.
Once again foundations combine efforts to address basic needs this winter
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
MassNeeds is a coordinated effort by foundations to address urgent hunger, housing, heating, and health needs throughout Massachusetts in winter. It gives funders an opportunity to leverage their existing or planned giving to further help the communities and organizations they support. Through information sharing, coordinated media activities, and a central web presence, MassNeeds:
· Uplifts community need – MassNeeds brings attention to the current and emerging hunger, housing, heating, and health needs of residents across the Commonwealth;
· Raises the visibility of grantees and their work – MassNeeds shines a spotlight on the great work our grantees are doing to meet these urgent winter needs;
· Facilitates more responsive and appropriate institutional giving – MassNeeds creates public learning opportunities on urgent needs and shares information on funders’ winter assistance giving in order to prevent duplication of efforts and identify potential funding gaps;
· Catalyzes community giving and action – MassNeeds provides a central location for both funders and citizens to learn about, connect to, and support (through time, talent, or treasure) organizations working to meet our communities' urgent winter needs.
Last year, this consortium grew to more than 40 foundations directing more than $8.6 million in winter assistance to more than a hundred organizations statewide. MassNeeds is NOT a traditional funder collaboratuve where funders pool resources and jointly decide what to fund. That said, it does provide a great opportunity for funders to be more informed, strategic, and impactful with their winter assistance dollars.
The need continues to be great. Help support the communities and organizations you care about – visit MassNeeds.org!
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