September 20, 2017
 
Third Sector New England Gives $99K to Help Combat Poverty

April 28, 2017 — Third Sector New England, a Boston nonprofit advisor to nonprofits, yesterday announced that it has granted $33,000 to each of three Massachusetts community-based networks to support development of new economic models that aim to lift people out of poverty.

Trina Jackson, leader for community engagement at Third Sector New England (TSNE), said, “TSNE is proud to be a partner in these transformative visions to develop systemic solutions to address the wealth inequality that persists in our communities of color. They are modeling more democratic economic systems and putting people and planet over profit.”

The grants were a second round of funding for the networks, which received a planning grant last year.

Receiving the grants are:
  • Blue Hill Corridor Planning Network, Boston, to continue building a resident-led planning commission to monitor development in their neighborhoods and start a market for residents promoting their home based businesses. This network is led by the Black Economic Justice Institute in Boston. Network partners include Boston Praise Radio and TV Network and the Office of Ayanna Pressley, City Councilor At-Large, City of Boston.

  • Ujima Project Network, Boston, to implement a democratic, resident informed mechanism for direct equity investments in local businesses in Roxbury and Dorchester. This network is led by the City Life Vida Urbana in Jamaica Plain. Network partners include the Boston NAACP and CERO Workers Co-op.

  • Wamponoag Language Children’s House Network, Mashpee, to assist native parents and children in public schools who are implementing a language reclamation project. This network is led by the Wpanak Language Reclamation Project in Mashpee. Network partners include the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Mukayuhsak Parent-Teacher Organization.
TSNE said the grantees bring together a cross-section of diverse community stakeholders from businesses, nonprofits, grassroots groups, and others to form highly collaborative networks that form a unique perspectives on the system, its problems, and the possible solutions. The networks are led by people who are directly impacted by the issue of wealth inequality, and, together, they incubate and innovate new economic models that are more just and sustainable.

TSNE board president Dowley-Blackman, noted “there has never been a better time for us to continue to expand our commitments to the work of the activists and advocates seeking to make a more just and equitable society for all of us.”

TSNE said it also committed an additional $25,000 to support emerging needs of groups who are organizing urgent responses to policy shifts that impact the liberties of immigrants and other vulnerable populations. The additional grant funding will include a $4,800 donation to the Boston-based Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR), to continue its efforts to provide free immigration services to indigent asylum-seekers and detained immigrants.

“The time is now—the need is great,” said PAIR Executive Director Anita Sharma. “It is critical for funders to step forward with resources to support groups on the front lines working with vulnerable people."

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