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April 20, 2015
The time-honored practice of conducting a feasibility study—in which nonprofits hire consultants to visit potential donors to help gauge the likely success of a major fundraising campaign—is being questioned. Are such studies worth the expense? MORE

April 20, 2015 — Two Massachusetts nonprofits that deliver healthcare services recently reported raising funds through annual events, in one case more than $2 million, while a third received a $50,000 grant to support patient self-management. MORE

April 16, 2015 — National Brain Tumor Society, based in Newton, the nation’s largest nonprofit focused on the brain tumor community, yesterday announced the appointment of Wendi Nance to the newly created post of national development officer. MORE

April 14, 2015 — The Greater Lowell Health Alliance, a consortium of healthcare providers, business, and community leaders, announced that it has been awarded a $50,000 grant to conduct a cancer disparities needs assessment in the Greater Lowell region, while Worcester Community Housing Resources, which creates and preserves affordable housing opportunities in Worcester County, received a $7,000 grant. MORE

April 14, 2015 — The New England Foundation for the Arts, a Boston nonprofit that helps build the creative sector, recently announced that it received a $3.3 million grant, and 11 arts and culture nonprofits have received UP designation, which means they are incorporating inclusive design aimed at building audiences. MORE

April 17, 2015 — The Massachusetts Medical Society & Alliance Charitable Foundation announced that it recently awarded 17 grants totaling $224,00 to nonprofits across the state to support a variety of health and medical services, including mental health, substance abuse, teen health, violence prevention, and care for the uninsured and underinsured. MORE

April 16, 2015 — Bridgewell, a nonprofit based in Lynnfield that provides programs and services throughout eastern Massachusetts to adults with developmental disabilities, mental illness and addiction, yesterday announced that it has named Paula Vogel as its new director of development and advancement. MORE

April 13, 2015 — The Boston Foundation announced that it has awarded $1.6 million to nine nonprofits that are working to support Boston Public School graduates attend college, and another $480,000 to seven nonprofits to support educational, housing, immigration, health care, and career training programs. MORE

April 10, 2015 — Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, a Boston nonprofit that uses rigorous learning experiences to accelerate academic and social-emotional growth of students from the greater Boston, recently announced the appointment of Laurie Sherman to the newly created position of executive vice president. MORE

April 18, 2015 — While nonprofits collect information to measure how well they do, to keep funders informed, the typical nonprofit allocates 2% or less of its budget to evaluate its performance, a recently completed study has found. MORE

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