May 25, 2018
Mass. Nonprofits Get Grants to Expand Program Offerings

March 27, 2017 — Girls Inc. of Worcester gets $70K federal grant for mentoring programs...Jacob’s Pillow Dance receives $100K to expand, create new programs...Institute for Nonprofit Practice receives $600K grant, its largest to date.

Girls Inc. of Worcester Gets $70K Federal Grant

Girls Inc. of Worcester, a nonprofit focused on building leadership skills for girls in central Massachusetts, today announced it has received a $70,000 federal grant to strengthen and/or expand its existing mentoring activities.

The Worcester-based organization, one of 15 nationally to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, will use the grant to support Bold Futures, a weekly group mentoring program providing girls consistent, in-depth programming and experiences to strengthen their coping skills, reduce risk factors, prevent entry into the juvenile justice system, and increase family engagement.

“We are extremely excited to have been selected for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention grant,” said Victoria Waterman, CEO of Girls Inc. of Worcester. “With these funds, we will be able to mentor 120 girls within the community, helping not only these girls and their families, but the community in which we reside as well.”

Girls Inc. said increased services and funding comes "at a critical time." While overall rates of juvenile arrest and detention have decreased since the 1990s, girls have not shown the same improvements as boys, the organization said. In 1992, one in five juveniles arrested was a girl; in 2012, that rate grew to one in three. At all stages of the juvenile justice process, girl involvement has increased and disproportionately so for girls of color from low-income communities, according to Girls Inc.

Through Bold Futures, Girls Inc. aims to equip girls with the guidance, support and skills to be engaged in school, build healthy relationships with peers and family, and reduce negative and high-risk behaviors. The nonprofit said the desired outcome is to reduce the number of girls entering the juvenile justice system and ensure that girls who have experienced trauma get the services they need to heal and succeed.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Receives $100K to Expand, Create New Programs

Jacob’s Pillow Dance, a Becket nonprofit that runs an international dance festival, professional school, and archives, recently announced that it recently received a $100,000 grant to expand and create new programs engaging local Berkshire County residents, organizations, and businesses.

The grant, from the Barr Foundation, will also allow the organization to plan and implement dance field convenings in 2017 and 2018, offering new and necessary resources to the larger arts community.

“This generous funding from the Barr Foundation will enable the Pillow to engage with our local community more deeply and serve as a convener for the dance field in New England and beyond,” says Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge.

Jacob’s Pillow said the grant will enable it to expand free offerings for community members and create opportunities for Berkshire residents to connect with Pillow artists in both onsite and offsite performances, workshops, classes, and other participatory events.

In addition, the funding will help launch the Dancing Berkshires Fund, which offers discounted Festival performance tickets to students enrolled in schools and dance studios in Berkshire County. It also will support the hosting of three new convenings, including a gathering of New England choreographers in the fall.

Institute for Nonprofit Practice Receives Largest Grant to Date

The Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP), a Needham nonprofit that provides development programs for nonprofit managers and leaders, announced that it recently received a $600,000 grant, the largest in its 10-year history.

The three-year grant from the Barr Foundation will support growth of the Institute’s nonprofit leadership development programs in metro Boston and beyond.

Yolanda Coentro, INP president and CEO, said, “We are deeply grateful to our partners at the Barr Foundation, a steadfast leader in strengthening the sector and the communities it serves. With this investment, Barr Foundation is putting a stake in the ground around the urgency and value of investing in a diverse and skilled leadership pipeline.

"This transformational investment will catalyze our growth, ensure the quality of our local programming, expand opportunities for leaders committed to justice, and disrupt the status quo of nonprofit leadership on a large scale."

The grant comes as INP prepares to launch news site in the eastern United States as part of its broader strategy of geographic growth, program expansion, and support of leadership development. In the past two years, INP has added new sites in Rhode Island and Cape Cod.

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