April 24, 2018
Grants; So. Shore 5K; Leader of the Year; New Development VP

May 23, 2017 — Cape Cod Foundation awards LGBTQ grants... Interfaith Social Services raises funds via South Shore Walk & 5K Race...Seven Massachusetts nonprofits receive grants to support youth boating...Nonprofit leader of the year in Worcester area...Kennedy-Donovan Center names VP for development and public relations.

Cape Cod Foundation Awards LGBTQ Grants

The Cape Cod Foundation, based in Yarmouthport, recently announced that it has awarded grants to grants to seven local nonprofit organizations for their work supporting issues facing the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community.

Receiving the grants were:
  • Barnstable Senior Center: $1,400 to expand programs, services, and social opportunities for LGBTQ elders on Cape Cod.

  • Camp Lightbulb: $500 to support an interactive historical project workshop for campers with Sarah Prager, a speaker on LGBTQ history.

  • Family Equality Council: $600 to support a special gathering, day of events, and discounted tickets for local families during Family Week in Provincetown.

  • Homeless Prevention Council: $1,000 to support its Homeless Youth Outreach to schools, clubs, the media, and other resources.

  • PFLAG of Cape Cod: $1,000 to support the second annual Cape Cod Pride Day in partnership with No Place for Hate - Falmouth.

  • Thrive! at CIGSYA: the Cape & Islands Gay and Straight Youth Alliance: $1,200 to support Wednesday afternoon drop-in hours at CIGSYA House.

  • The Yard: $750 to support the fourth annual Martha's Vineyard Pride, Not Prejudice event, part of the 2017 Yard Arts Summer Season.

Interfaith Social Services Raises $35K via South Shore Walk & 5K Race

Interfaith Social Services, a Quincy nonprofit which provides services aimed at improving life for South Shore families and individuals in need, announced that it raised $35,000 through its 43rd annual South Shore Walk & 5K Race.

The record-setting level of funds raised will support community members affected by mental illness and addiction.

Referencing the phrase “Stop the Stigma,” which was printed on nearly every surface—from T-shirts to signs—at the April 29 event, Rick Doane, executive director of Interfaith Social Services, said, “It is shameful that there are stigmas associated with addiction, depression and other mental health issues. This race gives us an opportunity to proclaim that there is no shame in mental illness.

"We walk, run, and rally with family, friends and others to show those who are suffering that they can hold their heads high, their community stands with them."

Among local businesses supporting the event were Arbella Insurance, BMC HealthNet Plan, The New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Makepeace Digital Imaging, and Quincy College.

Eastern Massachusetts Nonprofits Get Boating Grants

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust announced that it has awarded grants to seven nonprofits in eastern Massachusetts in connection with its Kids in Boating program aimed at "getting more kids on the water in a safe and smart manner."

Grants, which ranged from $500 to $1,500, totaling $6,600, were awarded to Atlantic White Shark Conservancy in North Chatham, Bourne Community Boating in Bourne, Crossroads in Duxbury, Greater Fall River RE-CREATION in Fall River, Outward Bound/USCG Foundation in Boston, Sail Salem Community Boating in Salem, and Save the Harbor / Save the Bay in Boston.

Worcester Community Foundation Names Nonprofit Leader of the Year

The Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF), at its annual meeting last week in Worcester, recognized T. Diago McClain as its nonprofit leader of the year.

McClain is the founder and chief executive officer of Worcester Pay It Forward (PIF), Worcester nonprofit that teaches local youth life skills and positive values through basketball to help them maximize their individual and educational potential.

The Renaissance Award bestowed on McCain comes with a $5,000 cash prize, and is given annually to an individual, not an agency, intended to be used for personal renewal.

During the last eight years, McClain "has transformed the lives of more than 3,500 Worcester area youth ages 4 to 18 through mentoring, coaching, and leadership provided by PIF," according to the foundation. Under McClain’s guidance, many PIF graduates have gone on to pursue higher education, often with the opportunity to win scholarships and financial assistance.

“Diago’s impact on the youth of the Central Massachusetts community goes far and beyond being a mentor and coach. He and his organization provide a sense of hope and opportunity for every one of his participants,” said Ann Lisi, president CEO and of GWCF. “Diago’s dedication to making a positive impact in the lives of so many disadvantaged youths is inspirational to us all."

Kennedy-Donovan Center Names VP for Development, Public Relations

Kennedy-Donovan Center (KDC), a Foxboro-based nonprofit that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities in eastern Massachusetts, recently announced that Frank Maher has been appointed vice president of development and public relations.

Maher, who has nearly 20 years of development experience, with a focus on human services, will be responsible for all fund raising activities at KDC with a focus on major gift programs.

He has worked for state, regional, and national organizations, including the National Kidney Foundation, Easter Seals, and The American Red Cross, and has created and implemented several major gift programs. He also has overseen signature events, annual fund operations, grant and foundation programs, and several fundraising campaigns.

“I am very happy to be part of the KDC team, representing a mission I am passionate about and believe in. 1 in 5 people in the US have a disability. My goal is to provide support for the clients we serve, their families, and our communities,” said Maher.

Established in 1969, KDC offers an array of human services and today serves more than 6,000 people with developmental delays, disabilities, or family challenges in 160 communities in eastern and south central Massachusetts, and the northeast corner of Connecticut through 10 program offices and 16 residences with nearly 550 employees.

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