March 29, 2017
 
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, Cohen Hillel Academy Get Funds

February 20, 2017 —Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, a Boston-based advocacy organization, recently received a grant to support its work with youth, while Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead received the largest gift in its history.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Gets $50K Grant

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, which aims to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, and the marine environment, received $50,000 from The Coca-Cola Foundation for its Youth Environmental Education Programs.

The interactive programs in Boston Harbor allow 30,000 young people the opportunity to experience local marine environment through various interactive programs.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay was one of 230 organizations that received a grant from the foundation in 2016.

“It’s an honor to support the missions of so many deserving and impactful organizations,” said Helen Smith Price, President of The Coca-Cola Foundation and Vice President of Global Community Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company. “It’s only when we work together that we have the opportunity to change lives and create meaningful change in communities.”

Since its founding in 1986, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has been the driving force behind the transformation of Boston Harbor from one of the dirtiest urban harbors in America to one of the cleanest in the world. Since 2003, the organization has connected more than 130,000 youth and teens to Boston Harbor, the Boston Harbor Islands, public beaches, and Boston's waterfront.

Cohen Hillel Academy Gets $5M Gift

Cohen Hillel Academy, a K-8 Jewish independent school, announced that it has received a $5 million donation, the largest contribution in its 62-year history.

The gift, from Arthur J. Epstein, longtime benefactor, successful businessman, and active community leader, will enable the school to continue to meet its mission of providing an educational experience grounded in Jewish values.

Amy Gold, head of school, said, “Arthur Epstein is widely recognized for providing leadership, wise counsel and support for nonprofit organizations that strengthen the community. This significant contribution to Cohen Hillel Academy demonstrates Arthur’s belief in and commitment to maintaining an independent Jewish school for generations to come. We are extraordinarily grateful.”

Epstein' s$5 million gift follows earlier contributions, which included support for the school’s Learning Center, Annual Fund, and tuition assistance program.

A hands-on volunteer, Epstein was instrumental in establishing a building fund for the current site and spearheaded a committee working to retire the school’s mortgage. In the 1980s, Epstein served as vice president of Cohen Hillel Academy’s board of directors. He joined the board of trustees (now the Trustee Leadership Council) in 2001 and served as chair from 2001-2014.

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