June 22, 2017
 
Philanthropy Connection Gives $250K to 10 Boston Nonprofits

June 6, 2017 — The Philanthropy Connection, a Cambridge-based charitable fund that seeks to improve the quality of life for low-resource individuals and families living in Massachusetts, last week announced that it has granted $25,000 to each of 10 Boston-based nonprofits to advance their work.

This was the fourth year that the The Philanthropy Connection, which is supported by donations from its all-women membership, awarded grants. Last year, it awarded a similar total amount to 10 other organizations.

Grants to support a specific program or general operations, were made to the following:
  • BEST Hospitality Training: Funds will be used to hire two Northeastern Co-op students to conduct data analysis and work with the director to develop a strategic data plan. BEST provides individuals with the education, skills and training to excel in the hospitality industry and in their personal lives.

  • Boston CASA: Funding will support increasing the number of children it serves by 20% annually for the next three years. Boston CASA’s mission is to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children located in Suffolk County.

  • Doc Wayne Youth Services: Funds will support two new clinical positions, allowing the organization to increase the number of youth served from 250 to 300-400 per week. Doc Wayne’s mission is to fuse sport and therapy to heal and strengthen at-risk youth.

  • Friends of the Children-Boston: Funding will underwrite the on-boarding of a new class of 13 Achievers from the Higginson Elementary School in Roxbury, a consistently under-performing school. Friends of the Children works with high-risk children to change the story of their lives and break the cycle of poverty.

  • Latino STEM Alliance: Funds will support general operations. The bulk of the grant ($15,600) is for teacher stipends and supplies to expand these three pilot programs; $6,100 is to partially offset the salary of a new program director, which will free up the executive director to focus more on fundraising; and the remainder ($3,300) is for staff computers and cameras. Latino STEM runs afterschool STEM-enrichment programs for Boston Public School students.

  • Louis D. Brown Peace Institute: Funds will support the hiring of an additional advocate who will focus on incarcerated individuals and their families as they cope with the shame and repercussions of their loved one’s crime. The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute is a center for healing, teaching, and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, trauma, grief, and loss.

  • Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project (PAIR): The grant will be used to cover salary and benefits for a full-time development specialist, to be supplemented by a $35,000 commitment from its board. PAIR recruits, trains, and mentors attorneys who provide free immigration services to indigent asylum-seekers and detained immigrants, assuring fairness and access to justice.

  • Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center: Funds will support general operations, supporting comprehensive post-resettlement support services that are essential in helping to facilitate refugees’ adjustment, orientation, and integration into a new community. RIAC is a community-based, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting educational and socio-economic development in Massachusetts’ immigrant and refugee communities.

  • Resilient Coders: The grant will be used to support development of the organization's fundraising infrastructure. Resilient Coders seeks to “hack the opportunity gap” by teaching computer coding to young people from traditionally underserved communities.

  • Urban Food Initiative/Daily Table: Funds will support general operations until the organization becomes fully self-sustaining. Daily Table operates a nonprofit retail store in Dorchester that is open to everyone in the community.
TPC focuses its grantmaking on small organizations with annual revenue under $2 million that serve the Greater Boston area. Together, members decide which nonprofits are awarded grants.

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