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dot Greater Worcester Community Foundation awards nearly $600,000 to help Worcester County students attend college
Greater Worcester Community Foundation - 9/17/2014


Greater Worcester Community Foundation’s Board of Directors has announced the awarding of $598,000 in college scholarships to local residents for the 2014-2015 academic year. Awards ranged from $250 to $5,000 and were given to 371 students who are beginning or continuing their college educations.  Recipients live throughout Worcester County and were selected through a highly competitive process on the basis of merit, financial need, and special criteria established by the foundation’s donors. Since the scholarship program began in 1978, the Foundation has awarded $8.7 million to 6,099 students through 125 scholarship funds, each endowed by local donor with eligibility criteria reflecting various interests.


dot Boston Foundation assets exceed $1 billion
The Boston Globe - 9/8/2014


The Boston Foundation’s assets have passed the $1 billion mark, after a year of strong investment gains and a record $112 million in grants made to charities.

The 99-year-old community foundation also recorded its second-best year of raising money, as donors sent it $112 million during the fiscal year ended June 30. The foundation had raised $131 million the prior year, when many philanthropists were concerned about possible changes in the tax code that could have affected the deductibility of donations.

The foundation’s assets grew 11.6 percent in the latest fiscal year, from $896 million to just over $1 billion.

“I’d like to think it’s a combination of a favorable economy but also above-average investment returns,’’ said Paul S. Grogan, the foundation’s chief executive.

The fund reported a 15.7 percent investment return for the year, roughly matching the 15.6 percent median return for foundations and endowments, according to the Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service.
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dot Harold Grinspoon Foundation Names Winifred Sandler Grinspoon President
Harold Grinspoon Foundation - 8/7/2014

Winifred Sandler Grinspoon has been appointed President of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, a non-profit organization that support programs that enhance the vibrancy of Jewish life, primarily in North America and Israel.

She takes over responsibilities from Harold Grinspoon, 85, who created the foundation in the early 1990s and has served at its helm ever since. Sandler Grinspoon, 51, is a trustee of the foundation, a position she has held since the organization's inception. Over the past decade, she has helped to steward the HGF's operations.


dot Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards More than $1.6 Million to 43 Nonprofit Organizations
Tufts Health Plan Foundation - 8/4/2014


The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today more than $1.6 million in new funding to 43 Massachusetts and Rhode Island-based organizations as part of its first cycle of funding for 2014.

The largest number of grants this cycle was in the foundation's Health & Wellness program area, primarily for initiatives that promote chronic disease self-management and prevention, exercise and nutrition, and fall prevention. The foundation also awarded more than 25 percent of its grants in the area of Purposeful Engagement, which includes community involvement, volunteerism and intergenerational programs as well as caregiver support programs. 


dot Vela Foundation Provides $225, 750 to Outstanding Organizations
Vela Foundation - 8/4/2014


The Vela Foundation recently awarded 21 grants totaling $225,750 to nonprofit organizations in Eastern Massachusetts working to improve health through nutrition education and active living. Recipients range from grass roots organizations to established institutions in varied communities in Eastern Massachusetts.


The Vela Foundation's funding program is a response to the continuing rise of nutrition-related health conditions including obesity, diabetes and heart disease. "Improved nutrition results in decreased illness and significant reduction of medical costs for the state of Massachusetts. But more importantly, it improves overall quality of life. The Vela Foundation is pleased to support the nonprofit organizations whose programs are devoted to fostering better lives through healthier habits. " said Bernadette Rehnert, Founding Trustee of the Vela Foundation.


dot Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Awards $1.2 Million in Grants
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts - 8/4/2014


The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awarded more than $1.2 million to local nonprofit organizations for 99 projects -- ranging from granting homeless children their birthday wishes to land CFWMpreservation -- in its ongoing efforts to improve to the quality of life in the Pioneer Valley. This year's awards -- ranging from $2,000 to $52,000 -- target projects that address community needs including arts and culture, education, the environment, health housing and human services for residents of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties.


dot BCBSMA Connecting Consumers with Care
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts - 8/4/2014


2011-2013 Grant Area Evaluation

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts is pleased to release its first report and a companion one-page infographic related to its Connecting Consumers with Care grant program. This program supports community health centers and community-based organizations in helping consumers enroll in and maintain publicly subsidized health insurance coverage.


dot AGM Welcomes New Grantmaking Members AGM
Associated Grant Makers - 7/10/2014

AGM is pleased to welcome two new members to our community, The Henry Luce Foundation and Eaton Vance Investment Counsel.
The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Foundation builds upon the vision and values of four generations of the Luce family: broadening knowledge and encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership. The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities.

Eaton Vance Investment Counsel is an investment adviser registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Since 1924, Eaton Vance has been providing professional investment management services. The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust (The USCGT), sponsored by Eaton Vance is a tax-exempt public charity, approved by the IRS, that receives donations from individuals, corporations and others and makes gifts to qualified charities throughout the U.S.


dot Investing in Consumer Health Advocacy through Operating Support
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts - 7/1/2014

The BCBSMA Foundation is pleased to release Investing in Consumer Health Advocacy through Operating Support, Strengthening the Voice for Access: 2011-2013. This report articulates how a general-operating-funds approach to grantmaking can forge stronger and more effective partnerships between philanthropy and the consumer health advocacy community. Supporting consumer health advocacy organizations through general operating grants allows grantee organizations flexibility in representing consumer interests and staying at the forefront of reform. The Strengthening the Voice for Access grant program is a reflection of the Foundation's commitment to a strong, informed, and engaged consumer voice wherever health care reform issues are being discussed. Investing in Consumer Health Advocacy through Operating Support, Strengthening the Voice for Access: 2011-2013 is the first report that the BCBSMA Foundation has commissioned related to this grant area and the fourth in our Community Impact series. It is part of the Foundation's broader efforts to build our learning and evaluation program in order to better understand the impact of our community investments, promote dissemination of best practices, and inform health care policy and decision-making.



dot National Center for Family Philanthropy Launches new website and brand
National Center for Family Philanthropy - 7/1/2014


Every day, NCFP sees families improving lives and transforming communities through their unique approaches to philanthropy. Their stories, and the resources, expertise and connections they depend on from the National Center for Family Philanthropy are now more accessible through our site.


When you visit, you'll discover:


  • A fresh look and logo that speak to the enduring impact of family philanthropy and the vitality it brings to generations of family members over time
  • State-of-the-art technology that can be viewed on any device with enhanced functionality for searches, customization and connection to NCFP staff
  • A redesigned and expanded Family Philanthropy Knowledge Center, the world's largest collection of resources on family giving
  • Through our new blog, thoughtful perspectives on the critical issues facing donors, family foundation staff and trustees, and the networks and organizations supporting their journeys

Opportunities to connect with your peers, learn new skills and deepen your impact 


dot Former Executive Director of NEFA, Rebecca Blunk, Passes Away
New England Foundation for the Arts - 7/1/2014


It is with great sadness that the New England Foundation for the Arts shares the news of the passing of Rebecca Blunk on June 22, 2014. A tireless champion of the arts - ranging across public art, the visual arts, music, dance, theater, and puppetry - her steadfast presence was felt across the arts and culture landscape, through her work in performing arts creation and touring, the creative economy, Native American arts, and cultural exchange on an international scale. Throughout her career, Rebecca derived deep personal reward from the artists and administrators with whom she worked.




"Many of us now reflect on her recent retirement celebration with additional fondness. We will mourn her with the entire arts field, and send our heartfelt condolences to Marcie and her extensive circle of friends and family," said NEFA board chair Larry Simpson. "Upon her stepping down from NEFA, Rebecca referred to NEFA as 'the work of her life,' and we are honored to continue her legacy through the programs NEFA offers."



dot AGM Board Member Jean Whitney Blog Post: Transparency in Family Foundations: The Strength of Glass Pockets
National Center for Family Philanthropy - 6/10/2014

Jean Whitney, former Executive Director, Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation was the guest blogger on the Family Giving News by the National Center for Family Philanthropy.  Here's an excerpt:  


"Family foundations, by their very nature, are complex. With significant involvement of family members on the board and sometimes in operations as well, there can be layers of generations, widely divergent views and the need to preserve positive family relationships. This complexity is a challenge but not an excuse for avoiding transparency or openness about how family foundations do their work."

Read blog post


dot Highland Street Foundation Announcing 6th Annual Free Fun Fridays
Highland Street Foundation - 6/10/2014

Highland Street Foundation Announcing 6th Annual Free Fun Fridays 





Highland Street Foundation announced its 2014 Free Fun Fridays program in partnership with 66 museums and cultural institutions across Massachusetts. Every Friday between June 27 and August 29, there will be an amazing lineup of cultural venues open free-of-charge.  View Free Fun Fridays schedule 



dot GMA Foundation Announces its 2013 Grants Report
GMA Foundations - 6/10/2014

GMA Foundations' team worked alongside fifty independent foundations and individual donors in 2013 to help them maximize their philanthropic impact and connect more deeply with their communities, boards and families. GMA's clients awarded over $37 million in grants to more than 1,100 nonprofits around the world. As a whole, these funders gave 18 percent more than in 2012 and focused 74 percent of their giving in New England.  View Report 



dot Worcester County Region Raised $136,000+ for Local Nonprofits During One Day Giving Marathon
Community Foundation of Western MA - 6/10/2014
Worcester County Region Raised $136,000+ for Local Nonprofits During One Day Giving Marathon 


Worcester County residents rallied to raise more than $136,000 for local nonprofits during the one-day Greater Worcester GIVES campaign that took place on Tuesday, May 6th. Over 1500 community members showed their support for the nonprofits that they care about the most.




"We're thrilled with the turnout and participation by so many members of our region," said Ann T. Lisi, President & CEO of Greater Worcester Community Foundation. "This is a testimony to how much Worcester cares about meeting needs right here at home. We want to give a huge thank you to everyone who participated." Greater Worcester Community Foundation, the exclusive host of this event, invited all Worcester County nonprofits to participate in this first ever regional online giving marathon. More than 170 enrolled and over 130 nonprofits received donations in the event on May 6.   



dot Affordability Gap Remains Despite Coverage Gains: Findings from the 2012 Massachusetts Health Reform Survey
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts - 3/26/2014

Massachusetts has maintained the high levels of health insurance coverage and access that were achieved by the state's groundbreaking 2006 reform law, but the cost of care continues to remain a significant burden, especially for low- and middle-income individuals and families.

These are among the findings of the 2012 Massachusetts Health Reform Survey (MHRS), commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Released today are a suite of publications including a summary, a policy brief, a report, a chart pack and infographics summarizing key findings from the survey of over 3,000 nonelderly adults in Massachusetts.

Read Report


dot Remembering Rhonda "Ronny" Zinner, president of Shapiro Foundation
Carl & Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation - 3/19/2014

The philanthropic community mourns the death of Ronny Zinner, president of the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation, who passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The Shapiro family has shared a moving tribute to Ronny on the foundation website - read here.

Funeral services will take place on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.  Temple Israel,477 Longwood Avenue,Boston, MA Memorial observance will be at the home of Linda and Daniel Waintrup, 381 Warren Street, Brookline, MA on Thursday   2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m, Friday 3/21 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday 3/22 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 3/23 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to:

Surgical Cancer Care Fund
Brigham and Women's Hospital
116 Huntington Avenue, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116
Surgery, Education and Program Support Fund
Brigham and Women's Hospital
116 Huntington Avenue, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116

dot Third Phase of Investment in Boston Launched
SkillWorks - 3/12/2014

SkillWorks, the local funders' collaborative that has invested over $20 million to equip area workers and employers with competitive skills for the 21st century, announced the first job training awards in Phase III (2014-2018). These grants will be used to train Boston area residents for career pathways in the construction, healthcare, hospitality and health insurance industries.   

"SkillWorks is thrilled to roll out Phase III of its investments in greater Boston's workforce," commented Loh-Sze Leung, Executive Director of SkillWorks.   "Thanks to continued support from local and national foundations, as well as Boston's Neighborhood Jobs Trust, we are able to support job training and placement as well as capacity building and advocacy to permanently improve job training systems." 



dot Community Foundation of Western MA Opens Satellite Office in Greenfield
Community Foundation of Western MA - 3/12/2014

The Community Foundation, while based in Springfield, serves the three counties of the Pioneer Valley: Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties. Staff and volunteers frequently travel throughout the region to connect with the individuals and needs of the entire community. Having a home base and a visible presence in the Upper Valley has long been on the wish list of the Foundation, but adding another rent to the budget was clearly not. Community Foundation Trustee and Greenfield Community College President Bob Pura came through with an offer that made a satellite office in Franklin County a reality. As of January 28, a staff member will be located in Greenfield every Tuesday morning, and the space is available for meetings any time.  The new phone number at the Greenfield office is (413) 835-6249. Read more



dot AAPIP National Giving Circle Campaign Celebrates 10 Years of Dreamers & Doers
AAPIP - 3/12/2014

AAPIP (Asian Americans Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy) is supported by AGM in its local chapter by AGM's Ramani Sripada who co-chairs the affinity group and the national organization chair is Miki Akimoto, Senior Vice President, Market Philanthropic Director at Bank of America.    


AAPIP is promoting two major campaigns: Building community philanthropy in Asian American communities (goal is 50 asian giving circles by 2015), and First Step Campaign, trying to increase the grant making to Asian communities to 1%.  Here's a video highlighting the giving circle campaign.



dot Call for Participation: Funders Task Force for Child Protection Guidelines
GMA Foundations - 3/12/2014

Massachusetts Citizens for Children -"MassKids" invites interested funders and individuals to participate in a task force to develop guidelines funders can use to  evaluate the capacity of their youth-serving grant applicants to protect the children in their care from sexual abuse. Funders could also encourage grantees to adopt these guidelines in order to improve their capacity to prevent sexual abuse.   Mary Phillips of GMA Foundations will co-chair the Task Force.  Please call 508-391-3900 or email Mary for details.


dot Highland Street Foundation Featured on Chronicle
Highland Street Foundation - 3/12/2014

Highland Street Foundation is profiled as "Benefactors Beneath the Radar" on a recent segment of Chronicle.The Foundation's initiatives highlighted include Free Fun Fridays and
Watch Chronicle segment



dot "Learning from Movements"
GMA Foundations - 3/12/2014

Colleague Phil Hall from GMA Foundations writes how funders of any size can adopt the skills and attitudes in support of national movements. From Phil's Blog: "Movements remind us of the connection between lower-case grantmaking and the larger world.  Connecting a vision for change to a local agenda is a key skill for funders and grantees alike. Consider, for instance, innovative front-line service institutions such as homeless shelters and food banks. They manage to address the worst while imagining an alternative. Regardless of their size, they inspire and fuel change."
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dot CEP Launches New Website
Center for Effective Philanthropy - 3/12/2014

The Center for Effective Philanthropy launched a new website including a new logo, new information about advisory services for foundations, updates on upcoming CEP programming, and information on their research publications and assessment tools. CEP's blog is a rich interactive source of discussion and debate about foundation effectiveness featuring CEP authors as well as leaders in the field.


dot National Fund for Workforce Solutions Awards $150,000 Social Innovation Fund Grant to Boston's SkillWorks
SkillWorks - 3/12/2014

Fred Dedrick, executive director of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, a national partnership of communities, employers, workers, and philanthropies, announced the awarding of a new $150,000 Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant to the SkillWorks: Partners for a Productive Workforce Funders Collaborative. The funding will be leveraged to bring workforce training models to scale to meet the demand of employers in Greater Boston and connect workers and jobseekers to careers and advancement opportunities. 



dot Ruderman Family Foundation Names First Recipient of Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion
Ruderman Family Foundation - 3/12/2014

In continuing its commitment to and advocacy for inclusion of people with disabilities into society, the Ruderman Family Foundation (RFF) announced the inaugural Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion to Dr. Michael Stein, visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. The award recognizes an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish world and the greater public. The $100,000 award is based on past achievements and the potential for future contributions to the field. "Our foundation decided to establish an award in my father's name to remember his values and work which has touched so many lives," said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation. Dr. Stein is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD). An internationally recognized expert on disability rights, Stein participated in the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and actively consults with international governments on their disability laws and policies. 



dot Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Awards $2.8 Million to Nearly 650 Organizations in 2013
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation - 2/12/2014

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation announced today that it awarded $2.8 million in grants to nearly 650 nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine in 2013. Since its inception in 1980, the Foundation has granted more than $130 million in funds throughout the three states. A total of $1.5 million in grants was distributed to the Foundation’s Growing Up Healthy initiatives in the region, primarily for programs that promote nutrition, healthy eating, and physical activity to help prevent childhood obesity.  Close to 8 % of children in the region, ages 6-12 years, as well as 152 pediatric practices and providers, are involved in activities funded by the Foundation’s Growing Up Healthy initiatives.


The Foundation awarded $550,000 in grants to close to 600 organizations in 227 communities through Harvard Pilgrim’s employee-sponsored Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grants program.  Areas of support included schools, food pantries, youth development organizations, fundraising events and others. The Foundation contributed $25,000, in addition to Harvard Pilgrim employee contributions made through the company’s employee fund raising campaign, to Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine; Boston Healthcare for the Homeless; and United Ways of New England.  The Foundation also contributed $15,000, in addition to the $73,000 in employee generated contributions, to The One Fund following the Boston Marathon bombings, and a total of $10,000 to Family & Children’s Aid in Newtown, Conn., in response to the Sandy Hook shootings.
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dot Taking a new approach to end homelessness
Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation - 2/10/2014

Roberitine Hunter, a single mother, ended up in a homeless shelter four years ago after a job-related injury forced her to stop working. She started getting back on her feet nearly two years later, when she received state housing subsidies that allowed her to get an apartment and child care for her young daughter.

The next piece came when the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, which provided the housing subsidy, referred her to Jewish Vocational Service in Boston, which helped her earn a commercial driver’s license and land a part-time job driving a bus for company that transports people with disabilities.

“My long-term goal is to get a steady, 40-hour job that has good pay and good benefits,” said Hunter, 29. “I know there’s a lot of work I have to do before I can accomplish that.”


A new initiative, funded by the Boston-based foundation of former Reebok chief executive Paul Fireman and his wife, Phyllis, is trying to demonstrate that a coordinated approach between social service agencies is an effective way to break the cycle of homelessness. Through this statewide pilot program, known as Secure Jobs, the Fireman Foundation has awarded $1.5 million in grants to encourage housing, employment, and other agencies to work together provide comprehensive services to help low-income families regain financial independence and stay out of the shelter system. Read more


dot 2014 Institute for Trustees: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Essex County Community Foundation - 2/6/2014

Essex County Community Foundation Institute for Trustees

2014 Institute for Trustees

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Institute for Trustees is an all-day conference for boards of directors, boards of trustees and executive directors of nonprofit organizations. This annual event features presentations from the region's leading experts on board development, financial sustainability, fundraising, strategic planning, board/staff relations and more. The day promotes thought provoking discussion on timely topics facing boards of all sizes and expertise, as well as networking opportunities with hundreds of peers equally committed to their leadership roles.

View Agenda and Registration




dot Highland Street Foundation Awards Four Boston Area Nonprofits $30K in Consulting Support
Highland Street Foundation - 1/22/2014

The Highland Street Foundation, based in Newton, which supports education, housing, mentorship, health care, the environment, and the arts, announced that it will fund consulting engagements, each valued at $30,000, to help four nonprofits improve their capacity in key areas.  Inaugurated by the Highland Street Foundation (HSF) in 2010, the Community Impact Consulting program awards consulting assistance for six months to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations with operating budgets between $500,000 and $4 million. The program aims to support growing nonprofits that need temporary talent during times of organizational change, especially during times of economic instability. Blake Jordan, HSF executive director, previously said,. “We’ve witnessed the impact a consultant can have by providing the expertise and training needed to help position an organization for future growth and success."  Source: 



dot New website presence offers fresh resources, easy access to online grant process
The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation - 1/14/2014

The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation today announced it has launched a new website following completion of a multi-year strategic planning effort. The site – which continues at the URL – hosts information on the Foundation’s history, mission, and strategy as well as serves vital specifics on grant application pre-requisites and procedures. New interactive tools showcasing grant recipients, important dates, and partner videos will deliver useful data in a new way. The site also hyperlinks with the Foundation’s online grant portal. 


dot Tufts Health Plan Foundation Completes Fifth Year of Healthy Aging Funding
Tufts Health Plan Foundation - 1/7/2014

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today more than $1.5 million in new funding to 39 Massachusetts and Rhode Island-based organizations as part of its second cycle of funding for 2013. In total, the foundation distributed nearly $3.5 million in grants to more than 75 non-profit organizations in 2013, bringing its total giving up to nearly $13 million since the foundation began focusing on healthy aging in 2009.   The largest number of grants this cycle was in the foundation’s Health & Wellness program area, primarily for initiatives that promote chronic disease self-management and prevention, exercise and nutrition, and fall prevention. The foundation also awarded 25 percent of its grants in the area of Purposeful Engagement, which includes community involvement, volunteerism and intergenerational programs as well as caregiver support programs. Two Empowerment programs in Massachusetts also received funding for initiatives targeted at improving transportation and safe walking environments for older adults.



dot Craig Dutra is always there to help Westport
South Coast Today - 1/2/2014

AGM Board Member, Craig Dutra, President of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, was recently honored as Man of the Year by SouthCoast Today. Read Article 


dot Barr Foundation Names First President
Barr Foundation - 11/21/2013

The Barr Foundation announced today that James E. Canales, currently president and CEO of the James Irvine Jim CanalesFoundation, has accepted a position as its first president, effective May 2014, marking the successful conclusion of a national search. As president, Mr. Canales will also serve on the foundation’s board of trustees.

Mr. Canales recently celebrated his 20th year with the Irvine Foundation, having first joined the San Francisco organization in 1993, and was appointed president and CEO in 2003. He will step down from his position at the Irvine Foundation in early spring of 2014. Read press release



dot Massachusetts Healthy Living Center of Excellence Secures $1.3 Million
Tufts Health Plan Foundation - 11/19/2013

The Massachusetts Healthy Living Center of Excellence (HLCE), a collaboration between Hebrew SeniorLife and Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, announced today that it has secured more than $1.3 million in funding over three years from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the John A. Hartford Foundation. The grants will fund a centralized infrastructure and six new regional coalitions to expand disease management and wellness programs across the Commonwealth and improve the way community based groups, health care providers and consumers work together to improve care.

This infusion of private funding will enable the HLCE to address the growing need for health care consumers – mainly older adults – to better manage their chronic conditions and become active participants in their own care. According to a Health Policy Brief published in the February 2013 issue of Health Affairs, people actively involved in their health and health care tend to have better outcomes and incur lower costs.
Read press release



dot Report: Informed Giving: What Donors Want and How Nonprofits can Provide It
Root Cause - 11/12/2013

Root Cause has been on a pursuit for public and private resources to be allocated based on performance to advance social progress. Here are their  findings of Informed Giving: What Donors Want and How Nonprofits can Provide It, which reinforce the importance of this mission.  Thanks to generous funding from the Hewlett Foundation, Root Cause worked with an independent research firm to conduct qualitative and quantitative surveys of more than 200 Fidelity Charitable donors* with donor-advised funds to learn more about the types and formats of information they are interested in receiving to help them make their giving decisions. This report focuses on the 71 percent of respondents who reported that they regularly or sometimes give to new social causes or nonprofits each year.



dot Boston Foundation announces $1.7 million in grants to Greater Boston Organizations
The Boston Foundation - 10/15/2013

The Boston Foundation announced its quarterly discretionary grants after a quarterly meeting of the Foundation Board of Directors. The Board approved $1,705,000 in single and multi-year discretionary grants to be paid out beginning in October 2013. Of the 10 grantees for the quarter, six are receiving multi-year grant support.  In addition, the Foundation is pleased to recognize nearly $21.4 million in grant payments disbursed during the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2014, running from July 1 to September 30, 2013. That total includes $14.2 million disbursed through the Boston Foundation’s Donor Advised Funds.  Read press release.


dot Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Announces Policy & Research Appointment
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts - 9/18/2013

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation has appointed Kaitlyn Kenney Walsh as Director of Policy & Research. Ms. Kenney Walsh will be responsible for managing the Foundation’s policy work related to affordability, which includes in-depth research on public and private efforts to contain health care costs, monitoring the implementation of the national Affordable Care Act as well as Massachusetts health reform, and the movement to find more efficient and effective ways to expand access and meet the complex health care needs of low-income, vulnerable populations.


dot Highland Street Foundation Gives $200K for ArtWeek Boston
Highland Street Foundation - 9/3/2013

The Highland Street Foundation has awarded a $200,000, two-year grant to ArtWeek Boston to become title sponsor of the twice-a-year series of cultural events and experiences that seeks to engage more people, especially families with the arts, due to launch next month.  Coordinated by Citi Performing Arts Center, ArtWeek will offer events at museums, artistic communities, and other cultural venues that highlight the quality and diversity of arts, culture, and entertainment in Boston. (reported by



dot Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards More Than $1.6 Million to 34 Nonprofit Organizations
Tufts Health Plan Foundation - 8/15/2013

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today more than $1.6 million in new funding to 34 Massachusetts and Rhode Island-based organizations as part of its first cycle of funding for 2013.

The largest number of grants this cycle was in the foundation's Health & Wellness program area, primarily for initiatives that promote chronic disease self-management and prevention, exercise and nutrition, and fall prevention. The foundation also awarded more than 25 percent of its grants in the area of Purposeful Engagement, which includes community involvement, volunteerism and intergenerational programs as well as caregiver support programs. Two state-wide Empowerment programs in Massachusetts also received funding for campaigns targeted at educating older adults about taking control of their health.  Read more


dot Kelly Bates Departing as Executive Director of the Access Strategies Fund
Access Strategies - 7/25/2013

After six years of committed service, Kelly Bates will be stepping down from her role as Executive Director of the Access Strategies Fund on August 8, 2013. 


"I'm proud that we worked side by side with our funded organizations on issues ranging from voter engagement, redistricting, to the US Census, economic justice and democracy, and women and people of color in public leadership. Our communities have more power now, and that's no accident. It's the result of hard work in partnership with many great people and organizations."


This September, Kelly will become the founding Executive Director of the newly formed Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research at Emerson College. The Center will inspire and sustain civic engagement at Emerson College and uplift communities by bringing Emerson's strengths in communication and the arts to bear in supporting social change.  More details




dot Competitive Grants of $636,500 Awarded
Community Foundation of Western MA - 7/23/2013

The first cycle of the Community Foundation's Competitive Grants Program has announced $636,500 in grants to local nonprofit organizations. Sixty-one Pioneer Valley projects will receive funding with awards ranging from $1,800 to $30,000. The Community Foundation awards competitive grants twice each year, with funds targeting projects addressing a variety of community needs, including arts and culture, education, the environment and health, housing, and human services for residents of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties.



dot Greater Lowell Community foundation sets new sights
The Lowell Sun - 7/16/2013

It serves 30 communities from Ashby to Stoneham, from Lowell to Townsend and everywhere in between. Last year it awarded $916,000 in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students stepping off to college and now boasts assets of $23.3 million, more than anytime in its 14-year history.  And the Greater Lowell Community Foundation is just getting started -- having found its second wind in the last year with an infusion of new blood and an awakening of creative fundraising and community-building ideas.  Read full article



dot TBF Investing More than $600,000 in Funding for Summer Programs
The Boston Foundation - 7/15/2013

The Boston Foundation has announced that it is investing more than $600,000 in funding for summer programs in and around the city in 2013, providing much needed opportunities for youth to build skills, retain learning, and gain employment during the summer months. The investment includes more than $325,000 in grants for "My Summer in the City," a network of nearly thirty programs providing activities and summer jobs for youth in the city of Boston. In addition, the foundation awarded $200,000 in support of the Boston Opportunity Agenda's Summer Learning Project, which will work with fifteen hundred students from fifty Boston public schools to reverse summer learning loss and improve their skills. In addition, the foundation committed $50,000 to the Summer Fund, a donor collaborative managed by Associated Grant Makers working to ensure that at-risk and economically disadvantaged children in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville have access to quality summer camps and programs, and $50,000 to Camp Harborview, which brings nine hundred inner-city youth to Long Island in Boston Harbor for an immersive summer camp program emphasizing sports, arts, aquatics, education, and leadership development.


dot Let’s Call it Core Mission Support
Council on Foundations - 7/3/2013

AGM Board Member, Phil Hall, senior program staff for the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust and the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation wrote this article for the Council on Foundation Blog.


dot Confronting Diversity: Can Foundations Face Their Own Equity Contradiction?
Huffington Post - 7/2/2013

AGM Board Member, Claudia Jacob, Associate Director, Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy recently posted this article in The Blog on the Huffington Post Confronting Diversity: Can Foundations Face Their Own Equity Contradiction? 



dot Root Cause and the Highland Street Foundation Invest in Massachusetts Veterans
Root Cause - 7/2/2013

Root Cause and the Highland Street Foundation Invest in Massachusetts Veterans  

Our veterans are broadly viewed as heroes and role models, but our admiration for their service has not translated into a national agenda to serve our veterans. Many lack access to gainful employment, vocational training, disability services, and support for their families. Mental health issues are widespread, and in 2010, 22 veterans committed suicide every day.  


dot Schools in MA, NH, and ME Receive $195K in Grants from The Harvard Pilgrim Foundation
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation - 7/2/2013

In June $195,000 in grants were awarded to 29 schools across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine through the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation's Healthy School Food Champions program.  The schools were awarded the grant because of their proven commitment to high-quality food and the health of students. The funds from the grant will ensure students have access to healthy food by helping schools to purchase equipment and fresh, healthy produce and train staff in healthy food preparation.


dot BNY Mellon Gives Grants to 10 Boston Area Nonprofits
BNY Mellon - 6/20/2013

Through the generosity of The Eugene F. Fay Trust, BNY Mellon has awarded operating support grants to 10 Boston-area nonprofits, providing them with critical funding for capacity-building activities. The Eugene F. Fay Mini-Grants Program provides organizations with $5,000grants for technical assistance and non-programmatic support aimed at strengthening the overall organization or a particular program.

"In addition to providing critical services to people in need, nonprofits also have to manage the very real challenges of keeping their organizations running – and not just running, but running efficiently with up-to-date technologies," said Joanne Jaxtimer, BNY Mellon Regional Executive. "In this era of lean giving and tight budgets, operating support is more important than ever to these groups.  Read press release


dot The Massachusetts Health Care Delivery System Map
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts - 6/6/2013

As the Massachusetts health care delivery system works to implement national and state reforms, the landscape is undergoing major changes. The BCBSMA Foundation is pleased to release a new online resource that brings greater transparency to the rapidly evolving delivery system - the Massachusetts Health Care Delivery System Map. This online interactive website, created with data from Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, provides easy access to information about ownership relationships and major contracting relationships for the state's acute care hospitals, hospital systems, medical groups, physician networks, and community health centers. 


dot Ann McQueen: Animating Democracy Podcast
Ann McQueen - 6/6/2013

Ann McQueen: Animating Democracy Podcast - The Compton Foundation podcast is another in a series of funder portraits and interviews for Animating  Democracy, a project of Americans for the Arts. The Compton Foundation supports the arts, including individual artists and filmmakers, with the explicit intention of amplifying critical issues in a way that blends the personal, political, emotional, and intellectual. It makes these grants based on a recently updated mission statement that recognizes "courageous storytelling" as a powerful strategy for "inspiring action toward a peaceful, just, sustainable future." The family foundation, launched in 1949 and long focused on issues of peace, the environment, and women's reproductive rights and justice, awards up to $3.5 million a year from its $60 million endowment. In the arts, this includes grants ranging from $35,000 to $50,000 to advocacy organizations that integrate the arts into their work and to artists making art that illustrates, activates, and advances the foundation's key concerns. The foundation also makes equity investments in films that envision and promote change. 


dot Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Announces New President Board selects seasoned health care leader with 30 years of experience
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts - 5/14/2013

The Board of Directors of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation today announced that Audrey Shelto of Newton will become the Foundation’s next President. “The Board is thrilled to have found someone so uniquely qualified to lead the Foundation at this critical time in health care,” said Philip W. Johnston, the chairman of the Foundation Board. “Not only does Audrey have three decades of leadership experience in government, health care and human services, but she also brings a great familiarity with the Foundation’s mission to expand access to care for vulnerable and low income people in the Commonwealth.” Johnston noted that Shelto was a key player in the Foundation’s early history serving initially as a consultant and later as Interim President in 2005. During that time, Shelto played significant roles in the creation of the Foundation’s initial policy and grant making programs and its Roadmap to Coverage initiative which led to the state’s landmark 2006 health reform law.


dot David Tory to receive Honorary Doctorate from Salem State University
Essex County Community Foundation - 5/8/2013

In honor of his dedication to the nonprofit sector through his founding and leadership of the Essex County Community Foundation, David Tory of Essex will be conferred the degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from the Salem State University School of Graduate Studies on May 16th 2013. The commencement program will be held from 4-5:45pm and will include a presentation to his co-recipient, Martha Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education who was appointed to office by President Obama in 2009, followed by the ceremony for the over 500 graduates of the school this year.


dot ECCF Welcomes Two to Board of Trustees
Essex County Community Foundation - 5/7/2013

Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Karen Ansara of Essex and Mollie Byrnes of Gloucester to the ECCF Board of Trustees. Karen Ansara is a philanthropic powerhouse at the local, national and international level. Karen and her husband Jim, who founded Shawmut Design and Construction, began making local and global anti-poverty grants 13 years ago.  Anchored at First Baptist Church in Beverly, Karen serves as a board member of Harborlight Community Partners, an affordable housing organization on the North Shore;  MicroCredit Enterprises, which disseminates microloans worldwide; and Partners in Health, which provides health care to the poor in 10 countries. Passionate about international development, Karen is a ten-year member of the Leadership Council of Oxfam America.  She co-founded and chairs New England International Donors, a learning network of donors and grantmakers committed to global philanthropy and social investing. Since the earthquake of 2010 Karen and Jim have focused on Haiti where Jim has overseen (pro-bono) the construction of the newly opened University Hospital of Mirebalais operated by the Haitian Government and Partners in Health.  They established the Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Fund at The Boston Foundation where Karen serves on the Grantmaking Committee and Advisory Council. The fund awards grants to Haitian-led initiatives on the island and in Greater Boston’s Haitian community. For their work for Haiti, Karen and Jim jointly received Honorary Doctorates in Humane Letters from Salem State University. A resident of Essex, Karen holds a Masters in Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School, a B.A. from Wellesley College and a certificate from The Philanthropy Workshop West. Karen was the Keynote speaker at ECCF's 2012 Institute for Trustees, and is already an influential leader at the organization.

Mollie Byrnes is a longtime community volunteer. She is a board member of Rockport Music, serving from 2001-2008 and then from 2010-present. Her roles have included Secretary and Vice Chair as well as membership on the following committees: rebranding, development, nominating and governance, senior staff searches, volunteer, events, and architecture for the Shalin Liu performance center. She has been a permanent family trustee of the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation since 1986, serving on the operations committee where her duties include reviewing grant proposals. She is also a corporate trustee of The Trustees of Reservations.  A resident of Gloucester, Mollie cares deeply about the region, and seeks to clear obstacles that can hamper a young person's normal childhood and education.  Her goal is to help all children reach their potential educationally and have a chance to be well adjusted productive citizens. Her focus on children connects well with the Foundation’s many education, youth-at-risk, and child and family development initiatives throughout the County.

ECCF is proud and honored to welcome these inspirational women to Essex County’s hub for nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. They will take office on July 1. Visit


dot NMEF awards $3.15 million in Grants to Urban Districts
Nellie Mae Education Foundation - 4/3/2013

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF), the largest charitable organization in New England focused exclusively on education, announced today that it is awarding more than $3 million in grants to seven urban school districts across New England. The grants initiative, New Approaches in Urban Districts (New Approaches), is designed to help low-income districts build capacity to enable more students to achieve at a higher level, and meet the Common Core State Standards through the implementation of systemic approaches to student-centered learning.$3-15-million-in-grants-to-advance-stu


dot Boston Foundation announces nearly $30 million in quarterly grant activity
The Boston Foundation - 4/2/2013

The Boston Foundation announced its quarterly discretionary grants after a meeting of the Foundation Board of Directors today. The Board approved $2,010,500 in single and multi-year discretionary grants to be paid out beginning in April 2013. Of the grants, $850,000 support partners in the Success Boston initiative, which strives to get students ready, into and through college. Of the 18 grantees for the quarter, four are receiving multi-year grant support.


dot Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation hires new Senior Program Officer
Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation - 3/26/2013

The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation is pleased to announce that Shanna Shulman has been hired to serve as Senior Program Officer. An experienced grantmaker, evaluator, and health services researcher, Ms. Shulman comes to the Foundation from Boston Children’s Hospital, where she was Managing Director of the Center of Excellence for Pediatric Quality Measurement, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation prior to that. She holds a BA from Washington University and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University. “Shanna brings with her significant local grantmaking experience, exceptional research and academic credentials, and deep content expertise, particularly in health. We are delighted to begin a working relationship with Shanna and know that she will strengthen the Foundation’s capacity to achieve its philanthropic goals in important ways.” said Lynne Doblin, Executive Director.


dot The Boston Foundation Understanding Boston Series and Transfer of Wealth Report
The Boston Foundation - 3/26/2013

The Boston Foundation Understanding Boston Series Report - Attend Life Sciences Innovation as a Catalyst for Economic Development: The Role of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am Location: The Boston Foundation 75 Arlington St. Boston. Join TBF for the release of a new Understanding Boston report, Life Sciences Innovation as a Catalyst for Economic Development: The Role of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and a discussion of its findings.

Also, the Foundation hosted a public forum to discuss the recent Understanding Boston report The Transfer of Wealth in Greater Boston featuring both Paul Schervish and John Havens, authors of the report, and an expert panel about the impact of the recession on philanthropy in Greater Boston over the next half century. The video is posted online. In addition, Paul Grogan, has written an interesting piece about the forum and his musings on the topic of Wealth Transfer and the Future of Philanthropy on his City of Ideas blog.


dot The Business of Baseball Lunch
Foundation to be Named Later - 3/26/2013

Spring is Here - Time for Baseball! We are pleased to share the news of this upcoming event from one of AGM's newest foundation colleagues, The Foundation To Be Named Later. Attend THE BUSINESS OF BASEBALL LUNCH Featuring Billy Beane, Manager Oakland A's --- his story was told in the hit film,"Moneyball" and Peter Gammons, Hall of Fame Journalist. April 22, 2013 11:30am - 1:30pm ~ Atop the State Room ~ 60 State Street, Boston Presented by Rasky Baerlein & Comcast Business Class 100% of the proceeds go directly to FTBNL and the Peter Gammons College Scholarships which send high needs but high potential young people to the college of their choice. Tables & Tickets going fast! For TABLES email Allyce For TICKETS visit



dot First Lady Praises Reebok for $30 Million Commitment to Get Kids Moving
Reebok - 3/26/2013

First Lady Michelle Obama Praises Reebok for $30 Million Commitment to Get Kids Moving At the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) Annual Building a Healthier Future Summit, First Lady Michelle Obama praised Reebok for its commitment of $30 million to get kids moving and increase physical activity in schools as part of the new Let's Move! Active Schools program. Reebok, the global fitness brand, has already invested more than $5 million over the last three years to provide access to fitness for elementary school children through the BOKS program, a free, before school physical activity program that is currently in hundreds of elementary schools around the country. Over the next three years, Reebok will commit $30 million to organizations and activities that promote physical activity and fitness. An important part of this commitment is to successfully grow the BOKS program. Read press release


dot Two new staff at Community Foundatio of Western MA
Community Foundation of Western MA - 3/26/2013

The Community Foundation of Westerrn Massachusetts welcomed two new employees to the team in recent weeks:Tynisha Henderson has taken on the role of Program Officer for Scholarships Anthony Luciano started this week as Database and IT Administrator.


dot NEFA Appoints New England Services Coordinator
New England Foundation for the Arts - 3/26/2013

The New England Foundation for the Arts announced that Victor Sulkowski has joined the organization as New England Services Coordinator, connecting and bringing visibility to the artists and organizations that comprise New England's creative communities. Before joining NEFA, Victor worked at Facing History and Ourselves, connecting development, finance, and operations departments, improving efficiency and accuracy. "Victor brings experience in database management, and client services - equally important for his role in our creative economy database, We are thrilled to welcome him to NEFA," said research manager Dee Schneidman.


dot Ann McQueen article in Grantmakers in the Arts Review
Ann McQueen - 3/26/2013

AGM Board member Ann McQueen has a written interview of Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, in the latest edition of Grantmakers in the Arts Review. Also, she is a podcast interviewer on the Animating Democracy series, a program of Americans for the Arts: East Bay Community Foundation Weaving Artists into Community Fabric.  Listen to a podcast interview by Ann McQueen with Diane Sanchez, Director of Community Investment, East Bay Community Foundation.


dot Harvard Pilgrim Foundation Awarded More Than $2 Million in Grants in 2012
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation - 2/28/2013

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation announced that in 2012 it awarded more than $2 million in grants to almost 1,000 nonprofit organizations in MA, NH and ME. Grant recipients support the Foundation’s efforts to combat childhood obesity; address health disparities affecting diverse populations; and, support healthy, strong communities through grant contribution and community service.  Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $125 million in funds throughout the three states.

“The Harvard Pilgrim Foundation is proud to support organizations that build healthy communities and make life better in the cities and towns where our employees and customers live, work and play,” said Karen Voci, Executive Director of the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation. “Our employees care deeply about these communities, too- in 2012, 98% of our employees participated in at least one form of service or giving through volunteering, the 9/11 Mini-Grants program and our annual Employee Fund Raising Campaign.”  Read press release



dot Moving towards strategic family philanthropy
Alliance Magazine - 2/21/2013

This is the second post in a series by Ellen Remmer on strategic family philanthropy.
Read her first post, Strategic family philanthropy – an oxymoron?

"I’m a big believer in strategic philanthropy; again, stemming from my own experience moving from chequebook giving to thoughtful, focused strategic philanthropy, but also because I’m an unabashed idealist who truly believes that thoughtful, smart giving can have a disproportionate impact on society."  Continue reading



dot The Boston Foundation names Travis McCready Vice President for Program
The Boston Foundation - 2/7/2013

The Boston Foundation announced the appointment of Travis McCready as its new Vice President for Program. McCready has been serving as the first-ever Executive Director of the Kendall Square Association since 2010, where he led the efforts to preserve, promote and advance the interests of the Kendall Square neighborhood and business district during a time of unprecedented change and expansion. The hiring was announced by Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation, who first brought McCready to the Foundation in 2001 to serve as his first Chief of Staff. McCready will rejoin the Foundation as Vice President for Program beginning February 4th.

“The Boston Foundaton has committed itself to building ever-stronger community connections,” said Grogan, who first worked with McCready in their time at Harvard University, where McCready was Director of Community Affairs and Grogan was Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs. “Travis was a key partner in remolding the Foundation in the early years of my tenure, and he is the right person to help us enhance those connections, while bringing with him an exceptional background in the business, innovation and nonprofit sectors.”


dot Kate Guedj Promoted to Vice President for Development and Donor Services
The Boston Foundation - 1/14/2013

The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, has promoted Kate Guedj to the role of Vice President for Development and Donor Services. The promotion was announced by Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. It is effective January 2, 2013. Guedj formerly served as Vice President for Philanthropic and Donor Services. “Kate has a long background in community foundations, and in her 12 years here at the Boston Foundation she has proven herself a talented, effective leader of our donor services effort and a number of successful initiatives,” said Grogan. “Placing our development and donor services efforts under her leadership will improve coordination, enhance communication and create new team synergies. I am confident in her ability to lead this department as we prepare the Boston Foundation for its second century."


dot Boston Foundation announces $20 million in grants
The Boston Foundation - 12/31/2012

The Boston Foundation announced its quarterly discretionary grants after a meeting of the Foundation Board of Directors today. The Board approved $1,870,000 in single and multi-year discretionary grants to be paid out beginning in the quarter beginning January 1, 2013. Of the 17 grantees for the quarter, seven are receiving multi-year grant support.  Read more


dot Western MA Nonprofits Raise over $1m
Valley Gives - 12/19/2012

On 12/12/12, nonprofit organizations and foundations raised over $1m from 6646 unique donors through a one-day donor drive "Valley Gives".

From the Valley Gives website: "Thank you for making the first Valley Gives an unprecedented success! Together we made an amazing difference not only for hundreds of nonprofits in western Massachusetts but for all of our communities as well. Whether your gift was going to help make art, make a difference in a child’s life or preserve our environment, your generosity is directly going to help make our community a better place to live."

Visit Valley Gives for more information.


dot Katie Allan Zobel named new CEO
Community Foundation of Western MA - 12/19/2012

The Trustees of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts have appointed Katie Allan Zobel as its next President and CEO, and she has accepted the appointment, to be effective January 1, 2013.

For more than eight years, she and her job-share partner, Kristin Leutz, have led the Philanthropic Services team at the Community Foundation, most recently as Vice-Presidents.  A magna cum laude graduate of Boston College, she served as the Director of Annual Giving for WGBY before working for ten years for Amherst College, directing its Alumni Fund during a period when it established the College’s record for percent participation that still stands.  During her tenure at the Foundation, she earned her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation from The American College. 

Full story here.


dot Student Leaders Program applications due Jan 25
Bank of America Foundation - 12/19/2012

Bank of America Student Leaders Program seeks applicants by January 25, 2013

Applications are now being accepted for the Bank of America Charitable Foundation's Student Leaders Program. The Student Leaders® program connects young leaders with employment that helps to give them the necessary tools and resources they need to advance.

Through the Student Leaders® program, high school juniors and seniors step outside of the classroom to contribute service in their own communities and beyond. Student Leaders® are awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofit organizations and participate in a Student Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C.

Visit the Bank of America Student Leaders Program page for more details.



dot Profile of Nellie Mae CEO Nick Donohue
Boston Business Journal - 12/17/2012

Read a profile on Nellie Mae Education Foundation CEO Nick Donohue.


dot Coalition raises $8.4m to help needy through winter - 12/5/2012

The Boston Globe - December 5, 2012

Coalition raises $8.4m to help needy through winter

Despite a harsh long-range weather forecast and a loomingfiscal cliff, non-profit leaders are committed to providing adequate food,heat, housing, and health care to the people of Massachusetts this winter.  Leaders of MassNeeds, a collaboration among41 foundations and corporations, announced Tuesday that they had raised $8.4million to get Bay Staters through the frigid season.

“Many residents in the state are struggling to make endsmeet,” said Blake Jordan, executive director of the Highland Street Foundation,a member of MassNeeds. “The economic recovery has been slow and uneven.”

MassNeeds, which provides funding to more than 150organizations, aims to identify funding gaps, highlight the work oforganizations, and inspire other do-gooders to join the effort, he said.  This year, more than 40 donors have joinedforces in preparation for the winter, more than double the number of donorslast season. Collaborating funders raised $3.7 million for winter needs lastyear.
Read full article


dot Passing of our colleague, John Sarvey
Passing of our colleague, John Sarvey - 12/6/2012

A memorial service for John Sarvey will be held next Monday, December 3, 2012 at 11:00 am at the First Unitarian Society of Newton at 1326 Washington Street, West Newton, MA. All are invited to attend to celebrate John's life and share his family's grief in his passing. A reception will be held at the church following the service.  A memorial fund is being established in John's memory for the benefit of Rachel, Elijah, and MeeJee. Details about the fund and how donations can be made will be forthcoming.

It is with great sadness that AGM shares the letter below from Marti Wilson-Taylor and Beth Smith, Chair and Executive Director, respectively, of the Hyams Foundation, about the passing of their trustee, John Sarvey. 

"We wanted to share this letter from with the community It is with profound sadness and sense of loss that we share with you the sudden passing of Hyams Foundation trustee, John H. Sarvey. Forthe past seven years, John has been a highly dedicated and valued trustee. He brought to our board his breadth of experience as an enterprising student organizer, strong supporter of community service, steadfast believer in thepotential of low-income youth, and staunch proponent of public policy and theimportant role of government. But more than that, John brought to Hyams his thoughtful approach, strategic thinking,respectful listening and his personal warmth.

John was an active member of the local Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy affinity group and a ready volunteer for panels and events about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. From the vantage point of his most recent roles as Executive Director of Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Senior Associate atthe Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, John also contributed valuable insights into the range of social, economic and racial justice issues of importance to Hyams and the broader community.

We will miss John very much, and we will work hard to carry on the work that meant so much to him. Our hearts go out to John’s wife Rachel, his two children and his entire family at this difficult time. As plans are developed to remember John, we will be glad to share them with you."


dot Salerno and Pratt: Giving where you live
Root Cause - 10/22/2012


Homelessness can stare you straight in the eye on the streets of Boston. Yet it can seem absent in the daily suburban life of the MetroWest neighborhoods. But, despite the lack of visibility of human struggle in our suburbs, we know that significant hardship does exist throughout the region.

Some of your neighbors struggle to put food on the table or to get the proper mental and physical health services they require. Others are coping with unemployment and possible foreclosure on their homes. Economic difficulties are deeply felt in MetroWest due to an overall cost of living that is about 34 percent above the national average.
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dot AGM mourns the loss of noted philanthropist Ruth Shapiro
The Boston Globe - 10/17/2012

Ruth Shapiro, co-founder with her husband of the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation, died on Sunday, October 14, 2012, in Boston of complications of pneumonia. She was 95. Mrs. Shapiro leaves behind her husband Carl, 99, daughter Rhonda of Boston, daughter Ellen Jaffe of Weston, daughter Linda Waintrup of Brookline, brother Roger Gordon of Boston and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services were at Temple Israel in Boston and burial was to take place in Newton Cemetery.

Read more



dot John Jackson Elected to Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors
The Schott Foundation for Public Education - 10/11/2012


The President of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) recently announced the election of John H. Jackson, president & CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, to the HAA Board of Directors. The Board of Directors represents recipients of all undergraduate and graduate degrees granted by the University and Radcliffe College, as well as the members of all University Faculties.  Read more


dot Harvard Pilgrim's Karen Voci profiled
Boston Business Journal - 10/5/2012 bar

dot Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation selects 2012-2013 Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership class
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts - 10/11/2012


Eighteen emerging leaders in health care access have been named to the seventh class of the Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership (MICHL).  MICHL is a leadership development program designed to help high potential professionals to increase their personal impact and enhance their health organization’s influence in the community and the health care system.  The 18-day educational program takes place over the course of nine months, offering a highly experiential curriculum that includes classroom work, peer-to-peer exchanges and collaborative learning.  During the program, students develop and implement a project that addresses a health care issue impacting low-income and vulnerable people in Massachusetts. Read more



dot Greater Worcester Community Foundation Awards More Than a Half Million in Scholarship Aid to Worcester County Students
Greater Worcester Community Foundation - 9/20/2012

Greater Worcester Community Foundation, created by and for the residents of our region in 1975, awarded $579,924 in college scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year. Scholarships ranged from $250 to $5,000 and were given to 360 students who are beginning or continuing their college educations. Since the Scholarship Program began in 1978, the Foundation has awarded $7.5 million dollars to 5,300 students.

The Foundation manages 120 scholarship funds, each endowed by a different local donor with eligibility criteria reflecting the donor’s interests. “Our donors come from a wide range of backgrounds and personal means. They are individuals, families, and sometimes businesses or groups. We gain several new scholarship endowments each year, so the program continues to grow. Through the generosity of these donors, and their belief in the value of higher education, we assist more and more students every year,” said Ann Lisi, the Foundation’s President and CEO.

More information


dot Blue Cross Blue Shield Gives $300K to Four Mass. Nonprofits
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts - 9/13/2012

To recognize Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' (BCBSMA) 75th anniversary today, four local not-for-profits each received a $75,000 grant to promote nutrition education and access to healthy foods. The BCBSMA 75th Anniversary Grants were awarded to the Urban Food Initiative; Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council; Project Bread in partnership with Lynn Economic Opportunity, Inc.; and Boston Natural Areas Network.

"For 75 years, Blue Cross has maintained a deep commitment to improving health outcomes and the quality of life for residents of the Commonwealth,"said Andrew Dreyfus, President and CEO of BCBSMA. "Many families continue to face financial hardship as a result of the economic downturn. With growing demand and shrinking resources, the safety-net services they turn to are severely strained. The BCBSMA 75th Anniversary Grants will help advance critical programs in the communities at greatest risk."

The four not-for-profit organizations were selected after a competitive process challenging them to develop programs to improve the lives of struggling families with children school-aged or younger in Massachusetts. Each organization takes a unique approach to advancing the health and nutrition of families facing economic hardship throughout the state.  Read more


dot Strategic Philanthropy: Who Wins and Loses?
GMA Foundations - 9/9/2012

GMA's Prentice Zinn, posted this thought-provoking blog on Nonprofit Quarterly about how the field of philanthropy is reinforcing power and privilege and putting the squeeze on organizations that do not conform to mainstream biases and expectations of the dominant institutions.
Read article


dot Liberty Mutual will up charitable giving
Liberty Mutual - 9/5/2012

Liberty Mutual will up charitable giving

The company is increasing local contributions by 20 percent this year, while other financial services firms plan to keep their giving largely unchanged. Full article



dot Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awarded More than $1.7 million in Grants
Tufts Health Plan Foundation - 8/28/2012


The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today that it has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to 46 Massachusetts and Rhode Island based organizations in its first cycle of funding for 2012. Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the awardees share a common mission, which is to promote healthy lifestyles and the delivery of superior programs for elders in our communities. The grantees provide a range of programs and services that promote healthy aging physically and mentally in four targeted areas: caregiver support, fall prevention, intergenerational collaboration and vibrant lifestyles. “It is a pleasure to continue this great work for the older adults in our communities” said David Abelman, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. “Having been a part of these foundation grants for many cycles I am humbled by the continued commitment of our community organizations to help and enhance the lives of seniors.”
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dot Grant Opportunity from BCBSMA
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts - 8/28/2012

Cost and Affordability Policy and Research Grants

This grant opportunity supports research, policy analysis and evaluation on health care costs and spending in Massachusetts. The Foundation seeks to support the creation of new information that will produce timely guidance for public policymakers as well as guide delivery system based programs that aim to reduce or slow the growth in public and private health care spending in Massachusetts. 

View Guidelines and Eligibility  Submit Letters of Inquiry via email by 5:00 pm September 26, 2012 to


dot Janice Elliott named Executive Director of The Melville Charitable Trust
Melville Charitable Trust - 7/30/2012

The Melville Charitable Trust, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused exclusively on ending homelessness,  announced today the appointment of Janice Elliott as its new  Executive Director, effective September 4, 2012.  Ms. Elliott brings over twenty-five years of innovation and achievement in creating solutions to prevent and end homelessness through advocacy for systems change, and the creation of supportive and affordable housing for vulnerable individuals and families. Read more


dot Greater Worcester Community Foundation approves over $600,000 in Discretionary Grants
Greater Worcester Community Foundation - 7/24/2012

Greater Worcester Community Foundation approved $623,602 through discretionary grants derived from named endowments created by local citizens to support changing community needs. Grants were paid to 61 organizations to support a range of topics including summer education programs through Boys & Girls Club of Worcester and Tenacity; English language adult education classes at Spanish American Center; a summer meal program at Rachel’s Table and; planting and caring for trees through the Worcester Tree Initiative.

“Discretionary grants fulfill the foundation’s strategy of uplifting the community. We identify key organizations in Central Massachusetts, understand their impact and challenges, and provide funding where it is needed most,” said Ann T. Lisi, president/CEO. “The grants were well distributed this year among several program areas including 1/4 for organizations working to improve education, 1/2 benefiting general human services, and 1/4 for community development agencies and organizations dedicated to the arts and the environment.”

Greater Worcester Community Foundation is a public charity founded in 1975 by local citizens who envisioned a coordinated endowment as a means to build a cohesive and vibrant community and to respond to changing conditions. In its thirty-seven years, Greater Worcester Community Foundation has awarded over $75 million to cultural, educational, human service and civic organizations, and has built a charitable endowment exceeding $110 million in over 450 named funds created by area citizens. For more information visit


dot Jenny Amory to Lead BCF, Local Resident Brings Decades of Nonprofit Leadership
The Brookline Community Foundation - 7/17/2012

The Brookline Community Foundation announced today that the Board of Trustees has appointed Brookline resident and longtime nonprofit leader Jenny Amory to lead the Foundation as its new executive director. She will begin her new role on September 4, 2012. Amory has more than 25 years of experience in community organizations focusing on women’s leadership and quality educational programs for children and youth. Most recently she served as Development Director for BPE (formerly the Boston Plan for Excellence), a $7 million organization that works to ensure an excellent education for all Boston children. Prior to that position, Amory served as the Executive Director of Teen Voices, a journalism, mentoring, and leadership program for girls in Boston that publishes a print and online magazine worldwide.


dot Nellie Mae Education Foundation Awards $5 Million to Portland Public Schools
Portland Public Schools - 7/5/2012


Portland Public Schools in Maine has announced a $5 million grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation in support of professional development activities for high school teachers.  The funds will be used to help teachers attend conferences dedicated to the International Studies School Network and Johns Hopkins University's Talent Development learning models, which will be implemented at two schools in the district during the 2013-14 school year as part of Pathways to Success, a system-wide initiative to improve options for students.  Read more




dot Boston Women’s Fund Announces $355,000 in Grants Awarded
Boston Women's Fund - 7/3/2012


The Boston Women's Fund (BWF) is pleased to announce today that it funded twenty-one Massachusetts community-based organizations and projects for a total of $355,000.  The grants, which cover many communities across the Greater Boston area and beyond, are aimed at bolstering the strategic endeavors of women and girls as they leverage their collective grassroots power in their coordinated efforts for racial, economic and social justice.



dot NEFA Appoints New Staff Accountant
New England Foundation for the Arts - 6/28/2012

The New England Foundation for the Arts announced that Izay Perdomo has joined the organization as staff accountant.                                      
Originally from Colombia, and currently a resident of Lawrence, MA, Izay holds a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from the Pontifical Xavi
erian University in Bogotá, Colombia. “Izay’s ability to build on his accounting background in Colombia to a career in nonprofit accounting in the U.S. is a testament to his dedication and adaptability.  He will be an asset to NEFA, and we are thrilled to welcome him,” said NEFA financial controller Anita Chan.



dot Ron Ancrum to Leave Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts - 6/26/2012

Ron Ancrum, president of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts for the past three years, has resigned from the organization, effective at the end of June. Ancrum’s immediate predecessor at the Foundation, Kent Faerber, will serve as interim president as CFWM initiates a search to find a new leader. Trustee Chair Peter J. Daboul provided a statement:
            “The Trustees have accepted the resignation of Ron Ancrum after three years of service to the Foundation and to the communities and constituents CFWM serves in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties.
            “Ron brought a keen sense of community and collaboration to his role as president of the Foundation. His leadership in the City to City initiative which connected local leaders with those from other cities to learn from their successes; engaging aspiring community leaders through Leadership Pioneer Valley; and hosting Community Conversations forums to stimulate dialogue about how to improve life in our service area brought the Community Foundation to new stakeholders in the Valley.
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dot New Board Members Appointed
Essex County Community Foundation - 6/19/2012

The Essex County Community Foundation in Danvers has appointed Steven P. Cohen, Robert R. Fanning, Jr., Susan J. Gray and Kevin M. Tierney, Sr., to its board of trustees.


dot Capacity-Building Grants
Greater Lowell Community Foundation - 6/12/2012

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation is seeking concept papers for our Capacity-Building Grant cycle.  Deadline to submit a Concept Paper is Wednesday, July 11 @ 12 noon (step 1 in the application process).   For more information: click here



dot Sick in Massachusetts: Views on Health Care Costs and Quality
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts - 6/11/2012

This poll – conducted in April and May 2012 by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health – asked “sick” Massachusetts residents a series of questions related their perception of health care costs and quality in Massachusetts, the reasons for cost and quality problems, and their personal experience with cost and quality issues. The results showed that sick residents are very concerned about health care costs in Massachusetts, and some struggle with their own costs of care.  Read more


dot D5 State of the Work
D5 Coalition - 6/5/2012

The Road to Greater Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Philanthropy

Learn from provocative stories from leaders in philanthropy on successes and challenges in creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive sector.

The 2012 State of the Work Report highlights the efforts of leaders in philanthropy over the past year who have worked to recruit new foundation leadership who more closely reflect U.S. demographic trends, increase funding within diverse communities, and become more transparent about data collection on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within the sector.  Read full report


dot Schott grantee Girls for Gender Equity featured on MSNBC
The Schott Foundation for Public Education - 6/5/2012

17-year-old Emily Carpenter, a youth organizer for Girls for Gender Equity, Inc., one of the Schott Foundation's grantees, stole the show in a recent roundtable discussion on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry show. Joined by several other young women, Carpenter and Harris-Perry discussed the educational, social and political opportunities available to women today and the role young women can play in shaping national debate and empowering others to make their voices heard.
Watch segment


dot Root Cause Seminar: Performance Measurement: Making Data Actionable
Root Cause - 6/5/2012


Root Cause Seminar: Performance Measurement: Making Data Actionable
Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM (ET)

Nonprofit and foundation leaders use performance measurement tools like ETO and Salesforce to capture reams of data largely used for compliance reporting. But what are your metrics really telling you? Do members of your senior management team use these tools to make your data actionable and answer the questions that really matter: Is our program working? How could it work better?

This interactive seminar is intended for nonprofit CEOs and members of the senior management team*. Participants will:

  • Review case studies profiling best uses of performance measurement systems
  • Present a key organizational challenge and dynamically address it with peers and Root Cause consultants

Registration details


dot Boston Foundation Launches Innovative Charitable Giving Resource
The Fenway News Online - 6/5/2012


On May 30 the Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, formally announced the launch of The Giving Common, an innovative web-based resource designed to provide comprehensive and current information about nonprofit organizations across Massachusetts, and to make informed, online charitable giving easy, quick and meaningful.

“The Giving Common represents a watershed moment for personal philanthropy in Greater Boston,” said Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation, which is made up of some 850 separate charitable funds established by donors for community benefit or special purposes. “Never before have Boston-area donors so easily been able to see and analyze the missions, program offerings and financial information of Massachusetts nonprofits in one place – and immediately target their donations to the organizations of their choice.”  Read More


dot Race & Equity Collaborative Briefing: Why Local Matters: Race, Power, And Place
The Proteus Fund - 5/24/2012

The Race & Equity Collaborative is a proteus fund initiative

Why Local Matters: Race, Power, and Place
  More information
The Race & Equity Collaborative (formerly known as the Grassroots Racial Justice Fund) will host a two-part conversation for funders. The first panel will be a conversation with leaders of community organizations in Birmingham, Alabama; Boston, Massachusetts; and Oakland, California examining the critical role of cross racial alliances, building power at the metro level in the majority-minority urban areas, and connecting local work to state and national voter engagement activities.

The second panel will be a discussion with local funders to explore the critical lessons, challenges, and opportunities of funding the growth and development of local racial justice organizations and collaborations and why this must be a part of any state or national effort in order to be successful in the long term.

Meeting Date and Time
Thursday, May 31st
10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Meeting Location
Atlantic Philanthropies
75 Varick Street
New York, NY


dot Upcoming Boston Education Funders Meeting
BEF - 5/22/2012

Tuesday June 12, 2012


8:30-10:30 am Please RSVP to Brianna Lloyd 

Note that BEF meetings take place at The Boston Foundation unless otherwise noted.Successful Teaching

The Massachusetts STEM Strategy

Speakers include: David Cedrone, Associate Commissioner for Economic and Workforce Development, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and Jacob Foster, Ph.D., Director, Science and Technology/Engineering, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. We will also showcase a few of the programs chosen by the @Scale Initiative.


dot EPIP New Grantmaker Breakfast
EPIP Boston - 5/22/2012

Are you new to philanthropy or your organization? The EPIP Boston Chapter and Associated Grant Makers are pleased to invite you to join us for a New Grantmaker Breakfast!  Connect with others new to the field, begin developing your network, discuss the challenges and opportunities of entering grantmaking, and walk away with the Top 10 Tips for New Grantmakers

Date: Tuesday, June 5th

Time: 8:30 - 10:00 am

Location: AGM, 55 Court Street, Suite 520, Boston


dot National AAPIP 2012 Board Election
Bank of America Philanthropic Solutions - 5/22/2012
National AAPIP 2012 Board Election  

At the 2012 National AAPIP Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, Miki Akimoto, VP Senior Foundation Officer of Bank of America Philanthropic Solutions, was elected as an officer of the board in the role of Secretary.


dot Hyams Foundation's Angela Brown Completes COF Leadership Program
Hyams Foundation - 5/22/2012

Congratulations to Angela Brown, Director of Programs at the Hyams Foundation, for graduating from the Council on Foundations Career Pathways Leadership program.  The Council on Foundations' Career Pathways is a 12-month leadership program that prepares candidates from diverse backgrounds to compete for and earn positions as philanthropic leaders.  By bringing together talented high-level senior managers from diverse backgrounds with philanthropic leaders and executive search consultants, COF strengthens the pipeline of professionals looking to compete for and succeed in philanthropic leadership positions.


dot NEFA Appoints New Program Associate
New England Foundation for the Arts - 5/22/2012

The New England Foundation for the Arts announced that Summer Confuorto (Gros Ventre/Mi'kmaq) has joined the organization as Program Associate, primarily supporting NEFA's Native Arts and Public Art programs.



dot ECCF's 2012 Youth at Risk Conference
Essex County Community Foundation - 5/22/2012

Essex County Community Foundation's 2012 Youth at Risk Conference at Endicott College 

Registration Now Open

This year's Youth at Risk (YAR) conference is gearing up to be another inspiring and educational event. The keynote speaker, Andre Dubus III was born and raised in Haverhill Massachusetts where he endured a turbulent youth and recovered from violence and drugs through writing. His five books include New York Times bestsellers House of Sand and Fog and Garden of Last Days and his award winning memoir, Townie.

Twenty-three workshop will be held in the morning and afternoon breakout sessions on topics such as 'Obesity in Youth', 'Collaborative Problem Solving', 'Bullying and Harassment in Schools' and 'Supports for Soldiers and Families'. The afternoon keynote speaker will be Carrie Stack, Founder of the Say Yes Institute and Certified Life Coach, author and motivational speaker.  

Learn more about Youth at Risk, submit a nomination for the Diruhi Mattain Award, and/or register for the 2012 Conference at


dot SERVE UNITED: BEST PRACTICES for Effective Board Service
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley - 5/22/2012

SERVE UNITED: BEST PRACTICES for Effective Board Service

United Way and ESC of New England, in partnership with Alexander, Aronson & Finning, invite you to further explore board service in this interactive training session. Learn about the role of a nonprofit board and how volunteer UWMBMVleaders can make board service both personally more rewarding and more effective towards advancing any organization's mission. The session will highlight best practices for nonprofit boards including fiduciary responsibilities, how to work with the executive director, structure committees, plan productive meetings and achieve recruiting goals in a collaborative learning environment.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

8 am - 12 pm

LOCATION: United Way

51 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA

COST: $40


For more information, contact Lanita Tolentino or 617.624.8110.


dot Minorities Get an Insider’s View of Foundation Work in Fellowship Program
The Chronicle of Philanthropy - 5/8/2012

While running a program to help low-income students get mentors, Marie-Frances Rivera grew fascinated by how foundations decide whether to keep charitable endeavors like hers afloat.

Now she has an insider’s view after participating in a yearlong effort to help minorities in the nonprofit world learn how foundations work.

Ms. Rivera, who is wrapping up a fellowship at the Hyams Foundation, says the grant-making experience has helped expand her professional network. Read more


dot Benefits of Slower Health Care Cost Growth for Employees and Employers
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts - 4/26/2012

This report by Jonathan Gruber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology models the potential benefits to the economy if health care costs were to grow more slowly than projected. In the face of rising health insurance costs, studies find, employers tend to reduce or blunt the rise of employee wages as well as offer less generous insurance coverage. But employers cannot pass along all the increased costs of health insurance as decreased wages and benefits. Any additional costs must be offset either by cutting jobs or by accepting lower business profits. This report presents three potential scenarios of slower health care cost growth between 2011 and 2019 and models the subsequent impacts on employee wages, employer spending on health insurance as well as employer profits and workforce investments. The report finds that slower growth in premiums would result in billions of dollars in savings for both employees and employers.


dot A Rotting Apple: Education Redlining in New York City
The Schott Foundation for Public Education - 4/17/2012

In New York City public schools, a student’s educational outcomes and opportunity to learn are statistically more determined by where he or she lives than their abilities, according to A Rotting Apple: Education Redlining in New York City, released by the Schott Foundation for Public Education.

Primarily because of New York City policies and practices that result in an inequitable distribution of educational resources and intensify the impact of poverty, children who are poor, Black and Hispanic have far less of an opportunity to learn the skills needed to succeed on state and federal assessments. They are also much less likely to have an opportunity to be identified for Gifted and Talented programs, to attend selective high schools or to obtain diplomas qualifying them for college or a good job. High-performing schools, on the other hand, tend to be located in economically advantaged areas. Read more


dot Nonprofit set to aid struggling Boston schools
EdVestors - 4/9/2012

Three low-achieving Boston public schools will receive extra money, resources, and support through a new partnership with a Boston education nonprofit.

EdVestors, which has played a critical role in the city’s expansion of the arts in many schools and algebra in the eighth grade, estimates its partnership with the three schools will collectively carry a value of $3 million over three years. Read more


dot Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Awards $4 Million in Grants and Service to Combat Childhood Obesity and Improve Health Equity in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation - 4/9/2012

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation (HPHCF) today announced that it will award $4 million in grants and services to regional organizations to combat childhood obesity and health disparities. ChildObesity180 at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston and MaineHealth of Portland, Maine will each receive $1.5 million over three years to bolster their efforts to stem the epidemic of childhood obesity by expanding promising campaigns that promote healthier environments and lifestyles for young people. The Foundation’s Culture InSight program—which provides consulting, training and educational programs to healthcare organizations and professionals to improve care provided to populations and communities affected by health disparities—will contribute $1 million in technical assistance and consultation services over three years to five organizations throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. HPHCF has partnered with the Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston to assess the impacts related to these grants and services. Read more


dot Boston Foundation announces $2.1 million in quarterly grants with broad support for arts, social initiatives
The Boston Foundation - 4/5/2012

The Boston Foundation has announced eleven grants totaling nearly $2.1 million to organizations serving the area, with the largest share of discretionary grants aimed at helping build the capacity of three arts organizations.
Read press release


dot Released online version of its Annual Report
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts - 3/29/2012


Annual reports traditionally take a look back, but this year, with the help of six people who care deeply about the future of health care in our state and nation, ours looks forward.

The topic of this report – how to curb rising health care costs – is of vital importance. Without sustained reductions in health care spending, the extraordinary gains in coverage and access that have resulted from Massachusetts health reform will be in jeopardy. What's more, rising health care costs have created a growing financial burden for families, businesses, municipalities, and state government, often pushing aside other budget priorities.  View online report


dot Diversity Fellowship Applications Now Accepted
The Proteus Fund - 3/22/2012

Diversity Fellowship Applications Now Accepted  

Proteus Fund, a national grant making organization committed to advancing social justice through democracy, human rights and peace, is pleased to announce that applications for the 2012-2013 Diversity Fellowship are now being accepted. 
The Diversity Fellowship is designed to increase the number of people of color in positions of leadership within philanthropy who are skilled grant makers using a lens of equity and inclusion, and to support grant making to communities of color that is more representative and effective.


Proteus Fund needs your help to identify and encourage potential candidates to apply for the 2011-2012 program year. We expect your suggested candidates will come from the nonprofit and corporate sectors with evidence of community or volunteer experience. Candidates will be considered based on knowledge, commitment, experience and skills and will be placed at foundations in and around Boston and Western Massachusetts. The application and a guide to frequently asked questions can be found on the Proteus Fund websiteApplication deadline is Wednesday, April 18, 2012 by 5pm.
Questions: contact Program Director, Tammy Dowley-Blackman


dot City of Ideas: Reinventing Boston's Innovation Economy
The Boston Foundation - 3/15/2012

The Boston Foundation issued the latest report by the Boston Indicators Project, City of Ideas: Reinventing Boston's Innovation Economy. Greater Boston has ridden out the economic downturn better than much of the nation, but, as the report notes, without a critical reinvention of our innovation economy, Boston could lose much of that advantage. City of Ideas also spells out opportunities for the city and region to develop a more robust, sustainable local economy.
Read report


dot Nellie Mae Education Foundation Awards More Than $1.9 Million in Research Grants
Nellie Mae Education Foundation - 3/13/2012

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $1.9 million in support of four projects that will examine how student-centered learning approaches affect teens, especially those who have been underserved by the public education system.

The projects will address three key questions: what are the effects of student-centered learning approaches on student achievement; what specific student-centered practices and approaches lead to high student achievement; and how can student-centered learning promote positive educational outcomes for underserved students.  Read more


dot Root Cause Social Issue Talks
Root Cause - 3/13/2012

Root Cause's holds "Social Issue Talks" Root Cause report

Root Cause's Social Innovation Forum brings nonprofits, philanthropy, government, and business together to support the spread of emerging social innovations in greater Boston. The Social Innovation Forum provides promising local nonprofit leaders with opportunities to build the

capacity of their organizations.


The Social Innovation Forum is holding a series of breakfast and lunch events called "Social Issue Talks". Each event spotlights a keynote speaker who gives a brief introduction to the social issue at hand and one of the Social Innovators and their organization. Please visit Root Cause Social Issue Talks for more dates & details. 
Here is a sampling of some of their upcoming events.   

Healthy Aging: Engaging and Supporting Older Adults in their Communities
Thursday, March 15, 2012
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Location: Arnold Worldwide, 101 Huntington Avenue, 17th fl. Boston
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sean Cahill, director of Health Policy Research at the Fenway Institute and adjunct assistant professor of Public Administration at NYU
Featured Innovator: Lisa Krinsky, director of The LGBT Aging Project

Impact Investing: Scaling Social Enterprise
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Fiduciary Trust Company, 175 Federal St, Boston
Keynote Speakers: Andrew Wolk, founder and CEO of Root Cause, and Joanna West, director of Business Development and Work Ventures at the Doe Fund
Featured Innovator: Paul Key, Workforce Development director of WorkExpress, a program of Father Bill's & MainSpring

Please RSVP to


dot Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Health Reform Toolkit Series
Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation - 3/13/2012

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation releases the fifth and final in its Health Reform Toolkit Series, “Effective Education, Outreach, and Enrollment Approaches for Populations Newly Eligible for Health Coverage.”

Massachusetts now has over five years of experience implementing the Commonwealth’s 2006 health reform law. This toolkit is part of a series designed to share examples, templates, experiences, and lessons learned from Massachusetts’ implementation of health reform to help states plan, build, and implement elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Read report


dot Boston Womens Fund
Boston Womens Fund Event: Men Take a Stand - 3/7/2012

Join the Boston Womens Fund at their

Men Take A Stand

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 6:00pm

Space with a Soul, 281 Summer Street, Boston

Honoring Jarrett Barrios, David Moy and Paul Marcus for their support of women’s leadership and prevention of violence against women.


Wine and Appetizers will be served.
Performances by youth from Books of Hope,
Project Hip-Hop and Batucada
Belles drumming.

Free and open to the public. 

Please Register at or call 617-725-0035.
Space with a Soul is a 5-10 minute walk from South Station (Red Line).
Low-cost parking is located nearby.


dot Whole Society Must Share Responsibility for High School Education, New Report Says
Nellie Mae Education Foundation - 2/29/2012

In an effort to reshape public education in New England so that it is more effective, equitable and better organized to prepare all learners for success, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) promotes student-centered approaches to learning at the high school level.


As part of this work, NMEF has released a report, It Takes a Whole Society: Opening Up the Learning Landscape in the High School Years. The report – prepared for NMEF’s Research and Development Initiativeby Robert Halpern of the Erikson Institute – says that rethinking the high school experience to engage outside-of-school partners can provide more effective and personalized learning experiences.

Download Report


dot Donald Greene named President of Clipper Ship Foundation
Clipper Ship Foundation - 2/22/2012

On January 24, 2012, The Clipper Ship Foundation Board elected Donald Greene to serve as President.  Mr. Greene succeeds Nick Carter, who passed away earlier this year and had served as Clipper Ship President for the past 10 years, and as an AGM Board member.  Ben Lacy, Nick’s predecessor will retain the role of Chairman, one he resumed in 2011.



dot Nellie Mae Education Foundation Awards $16.4 Million for Student-Centered Learning
Nellie Mae Education Foundation - 2/21/2012

Nellie Mae invests in vision of reshaping education

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) has awarded a total of $16.4 million in grants over three years to support student-centered approaches to learning among four New England school districts and community partners: Burlington-Winooski, VT; Pittsfield, NH; Portland, ME; and Sanford, ME. The community partners are: Voices for Vermont’s Children (Burlington & Winooski, VT.); The Pittsfield Youth Workshop (Pittsfield, NH); The Refugee Services Program (Portland, ME); and Safe and Healthy Sanford Coalition (Sanford, ME).

The Foundation believes that these grantees are most aligned with NMEF’s theory of change, had a three-year plan that was developed collaboratively by the district and its key stakeholders, and display strong collaborations with community partners. The grants will support the districts as they continue their ongoing work to reshape their education systems.

The grants are being made under NMEF's District Level Systems Change (DLSC) initiative, one of four long-term strategic initiatives that the Foundation is using to promote the implementation of student-centered approaches.

dot City schools get $4m arts programs boost
EdVestors - 2/8/2012


The Boston public schools have received a $4 million grant to maintain and expand arts education for students across the city. Superintendent Carol R. Johnson said the grant, from the Wallace Foundation in New York, will greatly enhance an initiative launched three years ago by the school district, the city, and outside partners to provide more instruction in the visual and performing arts. “In Boston, we have defined arts education as a part of a quality education for all students,’’ said Johnson, who is scheduled to announce the grant today at a Dorchester school with Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The grant is being awarded as the school district says it has made progress in bolstering instruction, curriculum, professional development, and family engagement in the arts. EdVestors, a local nonprofit that describes itself as “a catalyst for change in urban schools,’’ works to bring donors to match national funding for the Arts Expansion Initiative. In 2009, the group set a goal of raising $10 million by 2015. With today’s announcement and with more than $4 million already raised, the initiative is $1.5 million shy of its goal, officials said. The initiative “has been a tremendous example of how a public-private partnership can work effectively for the benefit of kids,’’ said Laura Perille, executive director of EdVestors. Education specialists have said the arts can promote creative thinking and instill an interest in school for students at risk of dropping out. Johnson has said she wants Boston schools to better reflect the city’s vibrant cultural life.  Read more


dot Announcing New Grants Resource for Essex County Nonprofits — The EBSCO Publishing Grants Resource Center at ECCF
Essex County Community Foundation - 2/6/2012

Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) is pleased to announce the establishment of the EBSCO Publishing Grants Resource Center at ECCF (GRC). In partnership with Associated Grant Makers and sponsored by EBSCO Publishing, the GRC is a valuable research database for nonprofits seeking new funding sources through regional, national and international granting foundations. The GRC is a portal located at Essex County Community Foundation in Danvers that provides access, free of charge, to two databases: AGM’s Grant Makers Directory which consists of in-depth data on 400 funders that grant in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and the Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online which includes over 100,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grant-making public charities. Read more...



dot Celina Miranda Joins the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation - 2/6/2012

 The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation is pleased to announce that Celina Miranda has been hired to serve as Senior Program Officer.   An experienced grantmaker, Ms. Miranda comes to the Foundation from BNY Mellon, where she was Vice President and Charitable Giving Manager, and the Hyams Foundation prior to that.  She holds a BA from Smith College, an MSW and an Ed.M from Boston University, and she is currently in the process of completing a PhD, also at BU.  “Celina brings with her significant local grantmaking experience, strong research and academic credentials, content expertise in many of the program areas we fund and strong ties to many of the communities we serve.  We are delighted to begin a working relationship with Celina and know that she will strengthen the Foundation’s capacity to achieve its philanthropic goals in important ways,” said Lynne Doblin, Executive Director. 

The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation is a private family foundation with assets of approximately $230 million that seeks to improve the quality of life in Greater Boston.  The Foundation currently makes grants of around $10 million per year in the following priority areas: community health and medical research, education and youth development, poverty alleviation and arts and culture. 

For more information on the Foundation’s grantmaking, please visit the Foundation’s website at or call 617-278-5200. 



dot New Coats for the New Year
The Boston Foundation - 1/29/2012

The Boston Foundation, Operation Warm, and the City of Boston have announced the launch of "New Coats for the New Year," an effort to distribute new winter coats to more than five thousand children between the ages of 3 and 12 who live in Boston Housing Authority developments. Coats were distributed last week to approximately one thousand children from six BHA developments from Maverick Landing in East Boston and from the Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment Center in Dorchester.
Read more


dot Cultural Facilities Fund announces $5 million in new funding round
The Boston Foundaiton - 1/29/2012

The Boston Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council and MassDevelopment today announced an upcoming round of grants from the Cultural Facilities Fund, that will bring the total grantmaking to Massachusetts organizations driven by the Campaign for Cultural Facilities to more than $50 million since the distribution of the first Fund grants in 2007.

The new round of grants to be awarded later this year will make $5 million available to strengthen nonprofit arts, history and science organizations across the state of Massachusetts.
Read More


dot EdVestors brings VC approach to public education
The Boston Business Journal - 1/10/2012

The Boston Business Journal profiled EdVestors' venture capitalist approach to education reform in its January 6-12, 2012 issue released Friday. The article features testimony of EdVestors' work in urban schools from EdVestors co-founder Philip Gordon, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol R. Johnson, and Bob Giannino-Racine, CEO of ACCESS Boston and a member of EdVestors' Education Review Panel.

To read the full article, click here.


dot Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Awards $717,800 in Grants
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts - 1/5/2012

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, based in Springfield, announced that it is awarding $717,800 in competitive grants, ranging in size from $500 to $40,000, to more than 80 nonprofits in the Pioneer Valley.

The latest round of grants from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts target projects for the arts, culture, education, environment, health, housing, and human services in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties.

“We are fortunate to live in a region with a strong nonprofit community as well as many individuals, families and businesses who have generously provided support that allows us to make grants to those nonprofits,” said Community Foundation President Ron Ancrum. “We are proud to have a role in making the Pioneer Valley a better place to live and work through the competitive grants program.”

Read press release


dot Foundations in Southeastern Mass Give Grants - 12/8/2011

The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts awarded $19,000 from its Hawthorn Medical Associates Charitable Fund to local programs that meet the region’s basic needs.

The grants were awarded to:

  • Church of the Good Shepard Soup Kitchen and Pantry: $1,500
  • Damien’s Place – Family Pantry: $1,500
  • Grace Episcopal Church Food Pantry in New Bedford: $1,500
  • Greater New Bedford Youth Development Food Pantry: $1,500
  • The Salvation Army New Bedford Corps. On-Site Meals Program: $1,500.
  • United Way of Greater New Bedford Hunger Commission: $1,500.
  • YMCA SouthCoast Sharing the Harvest: $5,000.
  • YWCA Steps to Stability: $5,000

dot Essex County Community Foundation Awards Grants - 12/8/2011

The Essex County Community Foundation distributed a total of $27,300 to 8 nonprofit programs in the Greater Lawrence region in connection with the fall grant cycle of its Webster Family Fund.

Receiving grants were:

  • Acting Out! Theater Company
  • Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence
  • Groundwork Lawrence
  • Lawrence Catholic Academy
  • Lawrence Community Works
  • Lazarus House Ministries
  • Notre Dame High School
  • WCA of Greater Lawrence.

The Webster Family Fund was formed in 2005 and supports capital projects at nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Lawrence community.


dot Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards Nearly $2.8 Million to Nearly 80 Organizations in 2011
Tufts Health Plan Foundation - 12/1/2011

Grants support health and wellness programs, with a focus on the unique needs of older adults

Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced more than $1 million in new funding to 37 non-profit organizations based in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In total, the foundation distributed nearly $2.8 million in grants to non-profit organizations in 2011.

The majority of the grants support Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s Healthy Aging focus designed to improve the lives of older adults in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The foundation funds programs that enhance seniors’ value of life by stimulating them through health, artistic, cultural and educational activities or initiatives. With grants in four major areas (caregiver support, fall prevention, intergenerational collaboration and vibrant lifestyles) local organizations can focus on high impact areas to improve older adults’ lives. This year Tufts Health Plan Foundation also included grants to help the homeless, educate physicians to thrive in a changing health care climate, manage chronic diseases, prevent falls, engage in community, and funding for HIV and AIDS related projects.  Read more


dot 3rd Annual Youth Violence Prevention Funder Symposium
State Street Foundation - 12/1/2011

3rd Annual Youth Violence Prevention Funder Symposium
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

State Street Financial Center, 36th Fl, Boston

Join an engaged group of Stakeholders for this youth violence symposium hosted by State Street Foundation.

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. Event: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Lunch will be provided)

Remarks by Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston,
David O'Leary, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, State Street Corporation
Questions? Email


dot New report recommends systemic changes to Massachusetts community colleges
The Boston Foundation - 11/28/2011

The Boston Foundation today released a comprehensive set of recommendations for strategically revamping the Massachusetts community college system to better align it with the needs of a 21st-century workforce. A new report on the system, entitled The Case for Community Colleges: Aligning Higher Education and Workforce Needs in Massachusetts, was released this morning at a John LaWare Leadership Forum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. 

Read Report


dot Seven Mass. Nonprofits Get $425K from Bank of America
Bank of America - 11/16/2011

Bank of America announced that it has awarded a $200,000 grant to each of two Boston nonprofits—Bridge Over Troubled Waters and Hyde Square Task Force—and $5,000 to each of five other organizations in connection with its national Neighborhood Builders program.


dot New AGM Member
Eric & Jane Nord Foundation - 11/7/2011

AGM welcomes new grantmaking member, Eric & Jane Nord Foundation, based in Oberlin OH.


dot New Report: The Movement to End Wage Theft
The Discount Foundation - 11/1/2011 bar

dot NEFA's New Report Demonstrates Impact of Nonprofit Arts & Cultural Organizations
New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) - 9/29/2011

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has released a new report, <New England’s Creative Economy: Nonprofit Sector Impact  (2011), authored by the team of Planning Decisions, Inc., the Maine Center for Creativity, and Professor Charles Colgan, Ph.D. 

Using the most comprehensive and timely data available, the report provides quantitative evidence of the value of a vital subset of the creative economy, backed up by expert analysis and explanation. In 2009, New England nonprofit arts and cultural organizations:

  • Spent nearly $3.7 billion;
  • Supported over 53,000 full- and part-time jobs; and
  • Generated a total economic impact on the broader New England economy of over $8 billion in revenue for regional businesses and over 83,000 jobs for regional workers.

In aggregate, every $1.00 spent by a New England nonprofit arts and cultural organization became $2.30 in sales for businesses across the region, and every job provided became 1.6 jobs for workers across the region.


dot Champions for Change Award Ceremony
One Family, Inc. - 9/13/2011

One Family, Inc. is hosting the One Family Inc.
Champions for Change Award Ceremony: 

Honoring individuals and organizations who have championed significant reforms to the Commonwealth's homelessness response system through leadership, innovation and advocacy.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

9:00AM ~ 10:30AM

State House, Great Hall

Breakfast will be served.  

2011 Champions for Change Honorees

  • Governor Deval Patrick and Lt. Governor Timothy Murray
  • State Representative Kevin Honan, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Housing
  • Peabody Properties

Keynote: Barbara Poppe, Executive Director, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
More details


dot Tufts Health Plan Foundation awards more than $1 million in funds
Tufts Health Plan Foundation - 9/13/2011

Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced that it has awarded more than $1,165,000 in its first cycle of funding this year to 36 Massachusetts nonprofits provide a range of programs and services that address healthy aging in the areas of caregiver support, fall prevention, intergenerational collaboration, and vibrant lifestyles.

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dot BNY Mellon with foster-care related groups: Targets youth who have aged out of foster care
Boston Busines Journal - 9/12/2011

One of the gaping holes in youth philanthropy is young people aging out of foster care.

“There are very few foundations, let alone corporations, working in this space,” said Celina Miranda, vice president and charitable giving manager at BNY Mellon.

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dot Cape Cod Foundation accepting grant application for Animal Welfare Fund
Cape Cod Foundation - 9/12/2011

The Yarmouthport-based Cape Cod Foundation has announced that its Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals is accepting grant applications until 5:00 p.m. on November 1. Established in 2009, the fund will award up to $35,000 to organizations working to improve animal protection and welfare, with a preference for medical treatment, no-kill shelters, spaying and neutering of domestic animals, prevention of cruelty to animals, and public education and awareness on issues affecting animals and their welfare.


dot Bank of America Announces Support for 2011 Hurricane Season
Bank of America - 8/31/2011

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation today announced a $250,000 commitment to support the American Red Cross Disaster Fund for the 2011 hurricane season, starting with their relief response to Hurricane Irene that impacted states from North Carolina to New England.

"Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this hurricane and the resulting floods that have caused significant damage along the East Coast," said Kerry Sullivan, president, Bank of America Charitable Foundation. "We are pleased to assist the American Red Cross as they help families transition through this difficult time."

In addition, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will match employee donations to relief efforts through the bank's Matching Gifts program.


dot Bringing people fun - for free
The Boston Globe - 8/25/2011

Q. So far this summer your Free Fun Fridays program has allowed an incredible number of people - 132,000 and counting - to visit everywhere from Tanglewood to Plimoth Plantation to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. What a great idea. Whose was it?

A. We started it three years ago as a way to celebrate the foundation’s 20th anniversary, and what’s been wonderful is that we went from 10 participating organizations that first summer to 26 the next and 36 this year. When we expanded, we started to reach out to smaller venues like the Concord Museum and the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford. We wanted to make sure we had organizations throughout the state, so no matter where someone lives, they can go for free.


dot Clipper Ship Foundation Gives Grants Under New Strategy - 8/10/2011

The Boston-based Clipper Ship Foundation, which aims to benefit the sick and the poor, recently gave grants ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 to three Massachusetts nonprofits in connection with its new giving strategy.  This ia a special initiative of The Clipper Ship Foundation and is a complement to its existing grant programs.

Previously, the The Clipper Ship Foundation had issued grants up to $15,000, according to a report in the Boston Business Journal.
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dot NEFA Awards $630,000 to Support New Ensemble & Devised Theater
New England Foundation for the Arts - 8/10/2011

The New England Foundation for the Arts has awarded $630,000 in grants through its National Theater Pilot to support the development and touring of six new devised theater projects.

The National Theater Pilot is exploring a system of support for professional, artist-led collaborative theater. Modeled after NEFA’s National Dance Project, and with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the pilot is funding two rounds of six projects each to test assumptions about supporting ensemble theater development and touring in the U.S.
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dot Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Celebrates 10 years
Blue Blue Shield of MA Foundation Press Release - 7/21/2011

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation invites you to view its 2010 annual report, Advancing Reform: Access, Advocacy, and Innovation which features profiles of Foundation grantees working to improve health care access in ways that provide better value and health outcomes. The report also commemorates the Foundation's 10th anniversary with insights into the history and future of the Foundation.


dot Highland Street Foundation Expands Consulting Program - 7/21/2011

Following the successful launch earlier this year of its Community Impact Consultants program, which provides nonprofits with technical assistance to enhance their capacity, Highland Street Foundation announced that it has extended the program to two additional organizations.

Receiving free consulting services for six months, starting this month, are the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port, a museum dedicated to the work of the late Edward Gorey, an author and artist known for his humorous illustrations, and the Boys & Girls Club of Newton.

The Edward Gorey House will use the grant to analyze administrative functions and increase board and staff efficiency and effectiveness, while the Boys & Girls Club will apply the consulting resources to organizational, revenue, and strategic plan development and community engagement.

Highland Street Foundation, based in Newton, is picking up the tab of approximately $25,000 for each nonprofit.


dot EdVestors Announces Over $1,700,000 in Support of Urban School Improvement
Edvestors - 7/7/2011

In June EdVestors announced over $1,700,000 in school improvement investments for the 2012-2013 school year through the 2011 Urban Education Investment Portfolio and the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative grants. The Investment Portfolio grants include programs aimed at improving and expanding curriculum and instruction for English Language Learners, the application of debate skills to classroom instruction, music education led by faculty from Berklee College of Music, access to algebra in the eighth grade, first-grade reading proficiency, and strategies developed by two new charter schools to better serve English Language Learners and students with disabilities. 


dot Gunderson to step down as CEO of Council on Foundations
Council on Foundations - 7/5/2011

Steve Gunderson, whose stewardship saw the Council on Foundations through the "Great Recession" and brought a more global outlook to the association, today announced plans to resign as Council President and CEO, effective September 1.

In an "Open Letter" posted today on the Council website, Gunderson wrote that "this is the right time for a transition" and that his accomplishments of the past six years "enable me to step down knowing that I bequeath an outstanding organization to my successor."

Carol Larson, chair of the Council's board of directors, said on behalf of her fellow board members, "We are very grateful to Steve for all he has done, especially for steering our association through perilous economic times and for bringing global vision to Council initiatives."

Gunderson, 60, who served eight terms in Congress as a Republican representative from Wisconsin's 3rd District, was named Council president and CEO in 2005, succeeding Dorothy Ridings who had held the position since 1996.  Read more


dot Boston Women’s Fund Announces 20 Grants for Grassroots Advocacy and Community Organizing to Women’s and Girls’ Organizations
Boston Women’s Fund - 7/5/2011

Boston Women’s Fund announced today that it has funded twenty Massachusetts community-based organizations and projects for a total of $350,000. The grants, which cover many communities across the Greater Boston Area and beyond, are aimed at bolstering the strategic endeavors of women and girls as they leverage their collective power in their struggles for racial, social and economic justice.

For over twenty-five years, the Boston Women’s Fund supported community-based organizations run by women and girls by raising funds from a broad base of donors across economic backgrounds to provide grants and develop programs that strengthen the grassroots initiatives and leadership of women and girls. Read more


dot Reading Success by Fourth Grade Funder Collaborative
The Davis Foundation and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts - 6/30/2011

Reading is the cornerstone of academic success. In fact, educators attest that until third grade, a child learns to read. After third grade a child reads to learn. Further, a child who enters fourth grade unable to read proficiently is far less likely to graduate from high school, become an effective citizen, and develop the skills essential for contributing to the 21st century economy.

Reading Success by Fourth Grade (RS4G), a Springfield initiative, calls on the community to work together strategically to support a reading proficiency goal:  by 2016, 80% of Springfield’s children will score at the proficient level or above on the third grade Reading MCAS. Reading Success by 4th Grade: A Blueprint for Springfield, released to the community in June 2010, reflects the comprehensive nature of the work at hand, understanding that to become a successful reader by fourth grade, every Springfield child needs support from family, school and community. The Blueprint sets forth a set of recommended strategies to build capacity within the family, the classroom and the community, to assess, support and promote children’s language and literacy development from birth to age 9.

Initiated by the SIS Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, with leadership from the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation, the Springfield Reading Success by Fourth Grade Funder Collaborative will jointly commit resources to address this urgent community need.
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dot Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Now Accepting Grant Applications to the Tornado Relief Fund
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts - 6/30/2011

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is now accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations that were either directly impacted by the June 1 tornadoes or are assisting affected Hampden County residents. Immediately after the tornadoes hit western Massachusetts, the Community Foundation created the Tornado Relief Fund for Western Mass. The fund is a compilation of donations from the Community Foundation, local financial institutions and individual donors and was created to address both the immediate and longer range needs of those impacted by the devastating storms.

Funds are available to:
• Support nonprofit organizations meeting the immediate and longer range needs of individuals related to food, clothing and shelter.
• Support nonprofits whose operations were directly impacted by tornadoes due to increased service needs, disruption of services, or damage to facilities.

Download the application and learn more. Questions about this application may be directed to or Nancy Reiche at 413-732-2858

We also invite you to join us in our efforts to help our region recover by contributing to the Tornado Relief Fund for Western Mass. You can make a check out to the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts with "Tornado Relief" in the memo line, download a donation form, or donate online with your credit card. We can also accept stock gifts or other assets. One hundred percent of donations will be granted to charities engaged in meeting the immediate and long-term needs of individuals impacted by the storms and those charities whose operations were directly impacted by the storms. Checks can be mailed to the Community Foundation at P.O. Box 15769, Springfield, MA 01115-5769.


dot Boston Foundation announces ‘My Summer in the City 2011’ with a focus on safe parks and open spaces
The Boston Foundation - 6/30/2011

At a time when the safety of Boston’s neighborhood parks and the need for youth activities this summer are of heightened concern, the Boston Foundation is announcing $710,000 in grants for positive summer programming for youth and families.  The funding includes $250,000 to keep parks and playgrounds open and safe after hours with organized, positive activities—through grants to 12 community-based organizations working with low-income, high-risk youth throughout Boston this summer. An additional $460,000 in Boston Foundation funding went to five other summer funding initiatives.  Read more


dot Boston Foundation announces quarterly grants with a major investment in college completion for graduates of Boston’s schools
The Boston Foundation - 7/5/2011

The Boston Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $20.2 million to nonprofits serving the greater Boston area, with a particular emphasis on boosting college completion rates for graduates of the city's public school system.

Organizations working to prepare BPS alumni for college through the foundation's Success Boston initiative were awarded more than $1.5 million, including $400,000 to the Action Center for Educational Services and Scholarships (ACCESS) and $300,000 each to Bottom Line and the Hyde Square Task Force. Additional education grants were awarded to Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, which received $200,000 for the final year of a program designed to strengthen community colleges in the state; Teach for America, which was awarded $50,000 to help recruit promising future leaders to teach in Boston's schools; and the Steppingstone Foundation, which received $50,000 to launch its College Success Academy.


dot Barr, Ford Foundations Award $1.5 Million for Massachusetts Great Neighborhoods Initiative
Philanthropy News Digest - 6/28/2011

The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance has announced grants totaling $1.5 million from the Barr and Ford foundations for a community planning initiative that aims to mitigate the effects of climate change and reduce the carbon footprint of several Massachusetts communities.  Administered by the alliance, the Great Neighborhoods program will include planning for economic and housing development, transportation and environmental programs, and efforts related to issues such as zoning, building codes, and land-use policies.


dot Free Fun Fridays Kick-off July 1
The Highland Street Foundation - 6/21/2011

The Highland Street Foundation kicks-off its Free Fun Fridays! Massachusetts residents and tourists are invited to visit designated cultural attractions every Friday during the summer months at no cost. No registration or tickets required. Just show up and enjoy! 


dot Tornado Relief Meeting in Western MA June 24
- 6/21/2011

United Way of Pioneer Valley along with the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, the Jewish Endowment Foundation, PeoplesBank, and United Bank invite you to attend an informational meeting regarding the tornado relief efforts in our community.

Representatives from FEMA and the Small Business Administration will be among the presenters. The purpose of the meeting will be to:

  1. Educate agency representatives on what is available to their agency and constituents through FEMA and the Small Business Administration;
  2. Engage agencies in our effort to connect volunteers with recovery efforts; and
  3. Facilitate a conversation around the challenges agency's are facing in their tornado recovery efforts.

The meeting will take place this Friday, June 24th from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Springfield Jewish Community Center located at 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA.

We would like to know if you're coming so that we can plan accordingly. Please RSVP to no later than Thursday, June 23rd at 4:30 p.m.

For more information -


dot Operation Clean Up!
EPIP - 6/21/2011

The EPIP Boston Chapter is pleased to invite you to take part in Operation Clean Up! on Saturday, July 9, 2011. Come volunteer on the Esplanade alongside your EPIP colleagues and help us assist The Esplanade Association in beautifying the grounds after the 4th of July holiday weekend. Sign up today and enjoy the outdoors and your friends in EPIP Boston.

Date: Saturday, July 9, 2011, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The Esplanade, details to follow regarding the exact location
The Esplanade Association and EPIP Boston
Register Here

The goal of EPIP nationally ( is to strengthen the next generation of grantmakers and advance the field of philanthropy. The Greater Boston chapter works toward these goals by sponsoring professional development events and networking opportunities in the local area, hosting monthly lunch discussions, and publishing a regular newsletter with upcoming programs of interest, research from the field, local job opportunities, and news from EPIP national.  Recent programs have included: a Career Workshop, a small group discussion on Leadership and Innovation, a Social Entrepreneurship Panel, and a volunteer event at the Greater Boston Food Bank.  To learn more about us, visit the Boston page at


dot Changes at The Hyams Foundation
- 6/21/2011

The Hyams trustees are very pleased to announce the election of Marti Wilson-Taylor as the Foundation’s new board chair.  Marti has served as a trustee since 2006 and has chaired the board’s Governance Committee.  She is the past President and CEO of the YWCA Boston and currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund USA.  Marti also serves on the boards of South Africa Partners, Pine Manor College, the Cloud Foundation and the Massachusetts Health Council. 

The trustees also want to acknowledge and thank outgoing board chair, Barbara Casey, for her thoughtful, dedicated and strategic leadership over the past three years.  Barbara will continue to serve as a trustee and as a member of the Governance Committee. 

We also are pleased to announce that Maria Mulkeen will be joining the Foundation in late July, 2011, as its new program officer in the affordable housing area.  In this capacity, Maria will lead the Foundation’s strategy development and grantmaking focused on increasing the supply of affordable housing, working closely with the Foundation’s housing production/preservation, transit-oriented development and public policy grantees.  Maria brings extensive experience in affordable housing development and project management to the Foundation.  Most recently, she has served as Senior Project Manager for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), where she spearheaded six different affordable and mixed-income housing developments. Maria also brings to Hyams a strong civic engagement background and experience working with a variety of local civic and resident groups.  Prior to joining JPNDC, Maria worked as a project manager at Urban Edge Housing Corporation, Tent City Corporation and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative.  She has a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA from the University of New Hampshire.  Maria grew up in the Boston area and has resided in Roxbury for the past ten years. 



dot Memorial Service for Bob Hohler
- 6/14/2011

Thank you for the many messages of sympathy and support. Please join in a celebration of Bob’s life and work on:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 1pm
Arlington Street Church
351 Boylston Street in Boston.
(The entrance is on the corner of Boylston and Arlington Streets.)

The family requests that donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to:

Washington University Film and Media Archive:
Washington University Film and Media Archive
In support of the Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize Collection
Campus Box 1202
1 Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130

American Civil Liberties Union:

Oxfam America:

National Public Radio:

For more information please contact Aimee Hendrigan at or 617-236-2244.
- Stephen Melville


dot Greater Lowell Community Foundation
- 6/13/2011

Greater Lowell Community Foundation Names New Executive Director

Raymond E. Riddick, an accomplished business and community leader in the Merrimack Valley, has been appointed executive director of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF), the Board of Directors announced June 9, 2011.  “We cast a large net to find the best, most experienced leader for our organization, but it turns out that the strongest candidate was right in our own backyard,” said Steven Joncas, president of the board. “Ray is an accomplished executive who has worked in both large and small firms. He’s also actively involved in the Lowell area, where he and his family are quite well known.


dot The Lenny Zakim Fund
Changes to its Grant Making Process - 6/2/2011

The Lenny Zakim Fund has made some important changes to its grant making process.  The most important of these changes is that we are now requiring Letters of Inquiry (LOI) to be submitted by all new applicants and all former recipients who did not receive a grant in March 2011.  All applicants must submit an LOI, unless the applicant has received funds from LZF in March 2011.  

Only those applicants whose LOI has been approved will be invited to submit a full proposal. Please read below for LZF's new timeline.  Information and documents are now posted on our website


dot The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation
- 5/31/2011

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation releases the second in its Health Reform Toolkit Series: “Implementing a Successful Public Education and Marketing Campaign to Promote State Health Insurance Exchanges.” As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) celebrated its first birthday this spring, Massachusetts has five years of experience implementing the Commonwealth’s 2006 health reform law. This toolkit is part of a series designed to share examples, templates, experiences, and lessons learned from Massachusetts’ implementation of health reform to help states plan, build, and implement elements of the ACA.


dot Welcome New AGM Members
- 5/31/2011

AGM welcomes new Members McQueen Philanthropic and First Literacy


dot Foundation's Program Trains Young Philanthropists Statewide - 5/25/2011
Highland Street Foundation's Program Trains Young Philanthropists Statewide
At nine sites throughout the state this spring, special grant committees are awarding a total of $100,000 to community-based organizations representing a variety of sizes, geography, and mission focus. These committees perform the same steps that any highly professional grant committee would perform—but there’s something very different about them. Read more

dot The Haiti Fund
- 5/24/2011

The Haiti Fund is thrilled to announce that we were able to make $400,000 in grants to 21 organizations working in both Haiti and Boston. Over half that money was raised in 2011, which means that our donors understand that lasting friendship and support requires more than a one-time gift.  We sought out Haitian-led, grassroots initiatives focused on rural livelihoods, education, permanent housing and advocacy – both for effective and transparent development aid and human rights efforts. In Boston, we sought to assist recent immigrants in adjusting to their new communities.

Please take a moment to read through the list of new Haiti Fund grantees.


dot Nellie Mae Education Foundation Announces $1 Million in Grants
- 5/23/2011

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $1 million to seven organizations and school districts in New England in support of efforts to advance students through high school at their own pace.


dot AGM Welcomes New Members
- 5/23/2011

Welcome to new AGM Members - The Proteus Fund and Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation.  


dot Preserving What's Special in Southeastern Massachusetts: Innovation in Conservation
- 5/10/2011

Thursday June 16, 2011 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Co-Sponsors: Sheehan Family Foundation, Island Foundation, North East Land Trust Consortium of the Pew Charitable Trusts, Jessie B. Cox Trust, and Environmental Grantmakers Association

This region, just an hour from Boston, is home to extensive conserved lands, the recently designated Wild and Scenic Taunton River, an active agricultural industry, and many sites of historical and cultural significance. Please join us for a tour by boat and bus to learn from participants in the innovative Taunton River Coalition-- including nonprofits, state agencies, landowners, and other funders--about recent successes and upcoming opportunities for land conservation projects that involve new partners and expanded uses.

The tour will highlight the multiple benefits of these conserved open spaces, which can:
* Preserve water quality for both rural and urban users.
* Provide a setting for youth workforce development.
* Facilitate climate change adaption strategies.
* Support critical wildlife habitat.
* Increase local food production on "working landscapes."
* Offer opportunities for education and recreation for all ages.
Foundation staff, trustees, and individual donors are invited to expand your familiarity with this unique region and hear about models, decision-making processes, and partnership structures that are yielding success. Over lunch, we will hear perspectives from Tom Curren, Director of the North East Land Trust Consortium of the Pew Charitable Trusts, and we invite you to share your experiences with conservation partnerships.

To register, contact Laura Gang, Sheehan Family Foundation, at 617-312-7748 or
There is no registration fee. A detailed itinerary will be provided to registrants. Please register by Friday, May 20.


dot Community Leaders to Census Officials: We can do even better next time
- 5/4/2011

With data from the 2010 Census still just hitting the news, activists from "hard to count" communities in Massachusetts are already advising Census officials on how to do better next time. Representatives of 23 community organizations met with Census officials last Wednesday and offered an array of recommendations for 2020, including appeals to better accommodate the ethnic and linguistic complexity of Massachusetts. The community groups and regional Census officials were brought together with the support of the Massachusetts Census Equity Fund.  For a list of the funded community groups, an evaluation of the project and a list of funders who participated, go to:  


dot Neighborhood Excellence Initiative
- 4/19/2011

Bank of America has deep roots in the communities we serve.  And a long history of supporting the individuals and organizations who dedicate themselves to revitalizing and strengthening them.  Our ongoing commitment stands on the core belief that we all want to live, work and raise our families in vibrant communities, and the realization that supporting local leaders allows us to have a lasting, positive impact.

Since 2004, the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative has recognized nearly 600 nonprofit organizations and nearly 3,000 Local Heroes and Student Leaders, and committed over $130 million to improving communities across the United States.


dot Health Reform Toolkit Series: “Building an Effective Health Insurance Exchange Website
- 4/5/2011

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation releases the first in its Health Reform Toolkit Series: “Building an Effective Health Insurance Exchange Website.”

As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) celebrates its first birthday, Massachusetts has five years of experience implementing the Commonwealth’s 2006 health reform law.

This toolkit is part of a series designed to share examples, templates, experiences, and lessons learned from Massachusetts’ implementation of health reform to help states plan, build, and implement elements of the ACA.  Each toolkit will include a written narrative “guide” as well as a variety of primary source documents: specific examples of organizational structures, job descriptions, requests for proposals (RFPs) and quotations (RFQs), and other work products from Massachusetts’ health reform implementation experience.

The toolkit on setting up a health insurance exchange website and others forthcoming in the series is online at


dot Sonia Gupta takes helm as Executive Director of Home Funders
Home Funders Press Release - 3/28/2011

The Home Funders Collaborative is very pleased to announce the hiring of Soni Gupta as its new Executive Director.  Soni brings a strong commitment to and passion for providing more permanent homes for homeless and other extremely low-income families and for addressing the continuing family homelessness crisis in Massachusetts.  Soni has deep knowledge of affordable housing development and finance as well as first-hand experience with what it actually takes to successfully develop and sustain housing for very low-income families.  Most recently, Soni has been a consultant to a number of nonprofit housing producers across the State where she has overseen the development and financing of specific projects, including those that have utilized Home Funders resources.  Prior to her consulting work, she was Director of Housing at the Somerville Community Corporation and was Senior Project Manager and Interim Executive Director at the AIDS Housing Corporation.  Soni has a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Sir J.J. College of Architecture in Bombay, India.

Home Funders remains committed to its goal of producing 1,000 units of extremely low-income housing as a part of the creation of 4,000 new affordable housing units.  Home Funders’ results to date have been impressive, with the financing of 684 ELI units as a part of the creation of 2,121 new affordable units in 54 separate projects across the State, in what has been a challenging economic environment.  Home Funders will be mounting a renewed effort to raise additional funds to meet the current unmet demand for very affordable housing in Massachusetts.

The Home Funders Collaborative was created in 2003 as a special philanthropic effort to spur the creation of significantly more permanent housing for homeless and other extremely low-income families in Massachusetts.  It has engaged 24 philanthropic organizations to date, which together have pooled over $22.4 million in grants and Program Related Investments (PRIs) for this purpose.  Home Funders resources are administered by its two partner intermediaries, the Massachusetts Housing Partnership and the Community Economic and Development Assistance Corporation.  Home Funders also partners with the public sector to achieve its goals and has a special focus on those public policy issues that have a major impact on the creation of affordable housing for families with incomes below 30% or Area Median Income.  An external evaluation of Home Funders, completed in May, 2009, concluded that….”there has been very little production of housing for ELI families [in Massachusetts] during the last four years except for Home Funders.”


dot Nominate Your Grantees
- 3/15/2011

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Excellence Awards, in which they showcase the exceptional organizations that comprise the Commonwealth's nonprofit sector.
The award categories this year are:


  • Advocacy
  • Collaboration
  • Communications
  • Innovation
  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Young Professional

The awards will be given out at MNN's third annual Nonprofit Awareness Day on June 13 at the State House Governor Deval Patrick, who has graciously spoken at the first two Nonprofit Awareness Days, has been invited again.  Submit nominations 


dot The Boston Foundation Names Edward M. Powell Executive Director of StreetSafe Boston
- 3/15/2011

Edward M. Powell has been named Executive Director of StreetSafe Boston, a multi-year initiative created by the Boston Foundation to work with proven-risk youth in Boston's most violence-afflicted neighborhoods. Mr. Powell comes to StreetSafe Boston from the Boston Private Industry Council, a public-private partnership that connects Boston Public Schools students and other Boston-area young people with employment opportunities.


dot A New Member Website
- 3/15/2011

Congratulations to The Barr Foundation on unveiling their new website


dot AGM Welcomes New Members to its Western Mass Funders Group:
- 3/15/2011 bar

dot Volunteer philanthropy coaches sought for college student business plan competition
- 3/15/2011

The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at the Heller School, Brandeis University seeks philanthropists to coach students entering the Sillerman Prize competition for $5K to define the best plan to increase philanthropy and philanthropic values on college campuses nationwide.

Coaches will be made available to students who request a mentor to look over their application before the deadline of March 11, 2011. Please contact Claudia Jacobs; Director of Capacity Building at the Sillerman Center, or 781-736-3806 to volunteer and for questions.


dot The Power of Global Networks Conference
- 3/15/2011

Are you a longtime advocate of investing in women and girls but looking to hear about innovative strategies from around the world? Take your passion to the next level and register to attend The Power of Global Networks in Brooklyn, New York, April 7-9. Join us in New York City for:

  • A warm welcome from MacArthur "Genius" awardee and world renowned eco-entrepreneur Majora Carter.
  • A guided tour of New York City's social change movers and shakers led by local women leaders.
  • Strategies global companies are taking to embrace a gender lens.
  • Social media tools to bring lasting social change.
  • Words of inspiration from new Executive Director of UN Women and former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet

dot New Nellie Mae Education Foundation Report
- 3/15/2011

In an effort to prepare all learners with the skills and knowledge they need for full participation in postsecondary education, work and life, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation promotes transformative change of public education systems across New England and the nation as a whole. Community organizing can offer an urgently needed component to education reform efforts and help ensure long-term sustainability of school and district improvement. That is among the findings of their new report, entitled The Strengths & Challenges of Community Organizing as an Education Reform Strategy.


dot State Street Funds Adoption Resource
- 3/15/2011

The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), received renewal of a $25,000 grant from the State Street Foundation, Inc., the charitable grantmaking arm of State Street Corporation, in support of its Child Services to recruit adoptive families for children in state foster care. MARE’s Child Services Program is designed to continually “put a face” on the children and teens in foster care who are waiting for adoption, while educating adults about the adoption process. MARE’s best-known programs include “Wednesday’s Child” with Jack Williams on WBZ-TV 4 and “Sunday’s Child” in The Boston Globe, both of which feature a new waiting child every week


dot New president of Caritas Carney Hospital in Dorchester Announced
- 3/15/2011

Steward Health Care, the new for-profit owner of the Caritas Christi Health Care hospital chain, has announced that Bill Walczak will be the new president of Caritas Carney Hospital in Dorchester. Walczak has been the CEO of Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester for the past 30 years.


dot New Staff at NEFA
- 3/15/2011

The New England Foundation for the Arts announced Anita M. Chan as their new Financial Controller and Nella Young as the New England Services Coordinator. Ms. Chan has experience in both the corporate and nonprofit finance, most recently serving as Accounting Director at Boston-based national nonprofit, Jobs for the Future. Ms. Young will support NEFA’s online services for New England artists and communities including CultureCount a creative economy website and, a regional performing arts directory.

The New England Foundation for the Arts creatively supports the movement of people, ideas, and resources in the arts within New England and beyond, makes vital connections between artists and communities and builds the strength, knowledge, and leadership of the region's creative sector. NEFA administers grantmaking programs that support the performing arts, public art, and Native American artists.


dot Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation 2010 Grant Report
- 3/15/2011

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation announced that in 2010 it awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to almost 1,000 nonprofit organizations in MA, NH and ME. Grant recipients support the Foundation’s efforts to combat childhood obesity; address health disparities affecting diverse populations; and, support healthy, strong communities through grant contribution and community service. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $120 million in funds throughout the three states. Read press release


dot New Staff at Cape Cod Foundation
- 3/15/2011

The Cape Cod Foundation Board elected two new officers and a new director at its December 16, 2010 meeting. Jennifer S.D. Roberts, former vice chairman, was elected board chair. She is theFoundation's first woman chair elected. Board member Tom Evans assumed the office of vice chairman. Chris Wise of Chatham joined the board as a new director.


dot New Legislation Honors the Work of Frank Melville
- 3/15/2011

On January 5, 2011 legislation providing thousands of new affordable housing units for low income, disabled individuals across the country was signed into law by President Obama.

"Low income people with disabilities face tremendous challenges finding affordable housing," said Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT). "Well over a million low income people with disabilities spend more than half of their incomes on housing, and many thousands more live in more restrictive, institutional settings than they would choose, just because they don't have other housing alternatives.  This bill helps to lift this burden and also honors the transformational work of Frank Melville."  

The bill is named after the late Frank Melville, businessman and longtime philanthropist who organized and chaired the Board of the Melville Charitable Trust for over 15 years, until his death in 2007.  The Trust focuses its giving on funding solutions to prevent and end homelessness. Robert Hohler, Executive Director of the Trust said that “Frank Melville would have appreciated the critical role this legislation plays in opening new options for housing and serving the needs of the most vulnerable.”

Organized in 1990, The Melville Charitable Trust concentrates its efforts on finding and fighting the causes of homelessness. It supports direct service and housing programs on the state level, particularly in Connecticut, that can serve as models anywhere.  The Trust also funds educational, research and advocacy initiatives in Connecticut and on the national level.


dot Sailors' Snug Harbor Profiled
- 3/15/2011

Recently Sailors' Snug Harbor was profiled in Grantmakers in Aging (GIA). "Sailors' Snug Harbor Annual Luncheon Links Like-Minded Service Providers".

A private independent foundation established in 1852, Sailors' Snug Harbor of Boston began its charitable work by providing assistance to sailors who were "broken down by infirmities brought on by diseases in foreign climes, exposures and hardships." In its early years, the organization founded and managed a retirement home for needy sailors. But in more recent times, Sailors' Snug Harbor has extended its grant making to assist elderly men and women, and Massachusetts fishing families. With a unique and long history of charitable work, Sailors' Snug Harbor continues to be an innovator in philanthropy. The foundation's annual elder program luncheons, the most recent held last month, provide forums typically not offered to the nonprofit community by grant making institutions. The luncheons bring together grantees (that often compete for philanthropic dollars) in order to share information and ideas, and unite providers behind common goals for improving the lives of older citizens.


dot New Staff at Roy A. Hunt Foundation
- 3/15/2011

The Roy A. Hunt Foundation board of directors has announced the appointment of Tony Macklin as the foundation's new executive director, effective January 15, 2011. Macklin follows Beatrice Carter, who joined the Foundation in 2000 and is retiring in March.

"Our decision to appoint Tony was unanimous," said Tod Hunt, chair of the executive committee and former president of the family foundation for 24 years. "We're excited about the wealth of experience Tony brings to continue on this trajectory and bring along our growing fourth generation of trustees."


dot BNY Mellon Launches $6 Million Global Workforce Development Initiative Targeting Vulnerable Youth
- 3/15/2011

BNY Mellon, the global leader in asset management and securities servicing, announced that it is launching a $6 million global workforce development initiative over five years to assist vulnerable youth making the transition into adulthood. With this investment, BNY Mellon will collaborate with leading public and non-profit agencies in the U.S., United Kingdom and Asia to enhance education, job training and career development opportunities. It's estimated that each year more than 25,000 young people in the U.S. move out of foster care when they reach 18, including more than 700 in Massachusetts. In New England, BNY Mellon will provide $250,000 in the first year to three Boston-area nonprofits to extend or add to programs for youth transitioning from foster care into adulthood. Research shows these individuals are at greater risk for unemployment, poverty and homelessness. 


dot Investigating the Community with The Lenny Zakim Fund
- 3/15/2011

Mitchell Garner, a Lenny Zakim Fund grant recipient, used to be in a gang when he went to the 3rd EyE Annual Open and it helped him get his act together. He saw hip-hop culture bring positive energy and creativity to his New Bedford community. Now Mitchell has graduated high school and is a student at Bristol Community College and a staff/board member at 3rd EyE. Mitchell shows the youth that "there is such a thing as people being there for them".

Meeting people like Mitchell, through site visits is a privilege of LZF's work and an essential part of its grant making process. Grant making begins with written proposals, but when we come face-to-face with people in our communities, we truly understand their challenges and potential and learn how each applicant is meeting them. LZF welcomes you to learn more about its inspirational due diligence by serving as a site visitor. LZF will be meeting with its grant candidates now through the end of January 2011. For more information, contact LZF's Program Associate, Melissa Eng-Wong, 617-406-5935


dot Episcopal City Mission (ECM) recently re-released policy paper Housing: A Basic Human Right
- 3/15/2011

For over 100 years ECM has been advocating for and building affordable housing. They want their constituents, parishes, partners and friends to know how committed they are to continuing to develop and provide access to housing for those in need in our communities. ECM hopes this document will encourage others to discuss the issue of affordable housing in Massachusetts and why it's important to ensure that safe, affordable housing is available for all people. View report


dot Boston Foundation quarterly grants support strategies to promote a ‘thriving, vibrant’ city and region
- 3/15/2011

Among the quarterly grants approved by the Boston Foundation Board of Directors is one for general operating support to help enable the creation of one of the city’s first Horace Mann Charter School under the terms of the historic education reform legislation signed into law in January. The grant is to a new organization called Unlocking Potential, created by Scott Given, who earned acclaim as the leader of Excel Charter School in East Boston. Unlocking Potential plans to launch a new charter school in the fall of 2011.


dot The Clowes Fund announces 2010 Funding Recipients
- 3/15/2011

The Clowes Fund, Inc.has announced its grant distributions of approximately $2.5 milllion to 62 nonprofit organizations in four states for the 2010 funding cycle. The foundation’s priority interests in New England are social services and education, including arts education. Grants include nearly $1.5 million in New England (primarily greater Boston), $700,000 to Indianapolis area organizations and $350,000 in Seattle. Grants awarded in 2010 include $60,000 to Fletcher Place Community Center for programs that work to break the cycle of poverty (Indianapolis, IN); $50,000 to EdVestors, Inc., for the Collaborative Fund that supports nonprofit organizations and Boston Public Schools for joint strategies to meet school improvement goals (Boston, MA); $10,000 to ONE Lowell for its School Success program for immigrant and refugee youth and their parents (Lowell, MA); $30,000 to Arts Corps for its Music Education program for low-income youth (Seattle, WA).


dot New Staff at the Schott Foundation
- 3/15/2011

The Schott Foundation is pleased to announce that Rick Ellis has joined our staff as the Director of Communications.  In this capacity, Rick is responsible for media and public outreach, managing all of Schott's communications vehicles, including its multiple web sites and social media, and promoting all programs for the Schott.


dot Fireman Foundation Presentation on the Scope of Homelessness
- 10/5/2010

Join The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation and other community foundations and leaders from across the state, in a collaborative effort to understand the scope of homelessness on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 12pm - 2pm (lunch will be served). Through increased prevention efforts and rapid re-housing we can continue to change the lives of the homeless. Nonprofit funders are encouraged to invite interested trustees and board members.  

  • Lt. Governor Timothy Murray
  • Anthony Love, Deputy Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Richard Walega, Regional Administrator for Housing and Urban Development
  • Undersecretary Tina Brooks, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Dennis Culhane, Researcher and Consultant to Massachusetts
  • Nan Roman, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness

Location: Region I Administrator, Housing and Urban Development – Thomas P. O’Neill Building Auditorium 10 Causeway Street, Boston

Contact Information and Parking Information
RSVP to Ana Jimenez  or call 617.482.5620


dot AGM Diversity Fellow joins The Nellie Mae Education Foundation
- 10/5/2010

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) has hired Lucas Orwig as a Program Associate. NMEF is the largest philanthropy in New England devoted exclusively to education. "We are delighted to welcome Lucas as a permanent member of our team. He will strengthen NMEF's commitment to provide all learners with the skills they need for full participation in school, work, and life," said Mary Sylvia Harrison, Vice President for Programs, NMEF. Orwig joined NMEF as an Associated Grant Makers Diversity Fellow in 2009. Through his year-long placement, he gained valuable field experience supporting senior program officers in the administration and processing of grants. AGM's highly competitive fellowship program focuses on building diversity in the workplace and developing skilled grant makers. Read more


dot Endowment for Health (EH) Online Tools Cut Through the Noise and Confusion about Health Care Reform
- 10/5/2010
EH Pilot is a resource gateway aimed at helping you understand how health reform will help you and your family.  Go to EH Pilot

EH InSight is a blog about health reform with a special focus on how the federal law will be implemented in New Hampshire.  Go to EH InSight
Resources and blog posts will be updated on a regular basis so visit us often!

dot Access Strategies Fund Announces 14 Grants for Massachusetts Government Reform
- 10/5/2010

Access Strategies Fund recently announced that it has funded fourteen Massachusetts organizations for a total of $165,000. The grants, which cover a dozen communities, are aimed at helping to transform electoral structures in order to make government more responsive, accessible, and accountable to underserved communities. In its first ten years, Access Strategies Fund supported community groups to engage new voters and encourage people to participate in changing policies that affect their quality of life. Voter engagement soared in Boston and new and trained candidates for public office emerged to challenge the way things have traditionally been done in government. Read more


dot Tufts Health Plan Foundation Gives $1.1M to 33 Nonprofits
- 10/5/2010

Tufts Health Plan Foundation recently announced that it has awarded $1.1M in grants to 33 Massachusetts nonprofit organizations to help improve the lives and health of adults age 60-plus.

David Abelman, executive director of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, said, “The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is pleased to continue our support for the important efforts in the community to improve the health and well being of our older citizens. We are energized by the enthusiasm, dedication and great work of our partners in the community."


dot "Yes We Can" Report Shows Despite Effective State Model to Save Black Males, America's Education Systems Fail Over Half the Nation's Black Male Students
- 10/5/2010

The Schott Foundation for Public Education latest biennial report on Black males and public education, reveals that the overall  graduation rate (2007/8) for Black males in the U.S. was only 47 percent. The report shows that out of 50 states, half have graduation rates for Black male students below the national average. In addition to a national summary and detailed state-by-state data, the report highlights the success of New Jersey's Abbott plan, which demonstrates that when equitable resources are available to all students, systemic change at the state level can yield significant results.  View Report


dot United Way Invests $100,000 in Summer Programs for Lowell Youth
- 10/5/2010

United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley announces an investment of $100,000 into 14 local youth-serving agencies. The investment, which the community has raised as part of United Way’s Summer Experiences in Greater Lowell (SEGL) initiative, is particularly significant this year as the unemployment rate in Lowell has reached 10.8% and more youth are expected to need free or discounted options for summer programming due to the economic recession.


dot Ready for the Future
- 10/5/2010

The Center for Collaborative Education and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (an AGM member) have issued a report that uses retrospective interviews with graduates of three Boston public schools with established performance-based assessment systems to better understand how performance assessment affects students.


dot Foundation Announces Cape Cod Volunteers Website
- 10/5/2010

Cape Cod Volunteers, which links nonprofit agencies with potential volunteers, has opened to the public. People who are looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities can visit, where they will find a database of listings posted by area nonprofits. Nonprofit organizations began listing opportunities in June and are encouraged to continue. Cape Cod Volunteers began four years ago with a community needs assessment. It is an initiative of the Cape Cod Foundation in partnership with, Barnstable County, and an Advisory Committee with representatives from Cape-wide organizations.


dot EdVestors Announces Over $1,000,000 to Support Urban School Investment Through the 2010 Urban Education Investment Portfolio
- 10/5/2010

EdVestors announces today that its donors are investing over $1,000,000 in school improvement initiatives through EdVestors 2010 Urban Education Investment Portfolio. These grants come as the result of EdVestors 8th Annual Urban Education Investment Showcase held earlier this spring, where over 175 philanthropists, educators, and business and community leaders with a deep interest in education convened to hear presentations about a cadre of impressive urban school improvement initiatives. The private funding takes effect during the 2010-2011 school year.


dot Boston Foundation Awards $29.8 Million in Second-Quarter Grants
- 10/5/2010

The Boston Foundation has announced the distribution of almost $30 million in grants approved by the Board of Directors at its quarterly meeting. That included a grant of $1 million to be paid over five years to provide general support for the Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC Collaborative, which focuses on issues of transit equity, real estate planning and economic development along the Fairmount corridor. The area contains some of the lowest income communities in Boston which are currently underserved by transportation. The Indigo Line refers to a proposed MBTA transit line that would run from Back Bay to Mattapan, serving communities across the city. That investment reflects the Foundation’s strategy of increasing neighborhood stability and the production and preservation of affordable housing for vulnerable populations, one of nine strategies articulated last fall when the Foundation renewed its overall grantmaking work with a new emphasis on creating clear and measurable results from investments made in the region.
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