May 21, 2018
New Hire; Center Closes; Tax Cut Impacts; Funds to Clean a River

June 27, 2017 — Community Foundation of Southeastern Mass. hires development director...Funding cut leads to closing of Ruby Rogers Center after 32 years...Federal tax proposals could hurt Massachusetts charities...Clean River Project gets grant for summer educational program.

Community Foundation of Southeastern Mass. Hires Development Director

The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, based in New Bedford, today announced that it has hired than Kehoe as its first director of development

“The Foundation is so pleased to have Ethan on board as we build upon our efforts to become an exceptional philanthropic resource for our partners who serve the needs in our community,” said John Vasconcellos, president of the foundation. “Adding someone with Ethan’s depth of experience in philanthropy, together with his outstanding track record of successful fundraising and nonprofit leadership positions, will allow the Foundation to focus on growth and creating local impact.”

Most recently, Kehoe was director of development at Saint Patrick Academy in Providence, as well as a capital campaign consultant at Nativity Preparatory School of New Bedford. Prior to that, he spent a decade in chief development officer posts for the Hockomock Area YMCA and then at the YMCA of Greater Providence, where he led successful $1 million annual fund campaigns and completed two capital campaigns totaling $5 million.

Funding Cut Leads to Closing of Ruby Rogers Center After 32 Years

Bay Cove Human Services, a Boston nonprofit that provides services for people with developmental disabilities, aging, mental illness, and drug and alcohol addiction, shut down its Ruby Rogers Center in Somerville on Sunday, due to a loss of state funding.

The center, which had operated for 32 years, functioned as "a cooperative center separate from existing mental health services where people could come and offer each other support." Operating at 64 Union Square, Somerville, was open every day of the year and had an annual budget of $200,000.

The state Department of Mental Health (DMH) said "Ruby Rogers’ leadership rejected efforts to include the center in the contracting and budgeting process," according to a report in The Boston Globe.

Program director Nanci Baren said the center will open temporary space in Cambridge in August, but "fears it won’t be enough to keep long-time members from returning to troubled lives on the streets of Somerville," The Globe reported.

The center is named for Ruby Rogers, who filed a lawsuit against the DMH, resulting in a decision which held that stating mentally ill patients must give informed consent before doctors can administer medication.

Report: Federal Tax Proposals Could Hurt Massachusetts Charities

A report released last week by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN), the state's nonprofit trade association, concluded that tax proposals currently being debated in Congress could cost Bay State nonprofits more than half a billion dollars annually.

The report said that if federal tax proposals, including caps on charitable giving, personal income rate cuts, an increase to the standard deduction, and a repeal of the estate tax, were to advance, the risk to Massachusetts nonprofits is up to $513 million dollars annually.

"A drop in giving of that magnitude – or even half the size – would have disastrous consequences," the report noted. "It would mean large cuts to services that people depend upon. It would put hundreds if not thousands of small nonprofits across the state out of business. And it would jeopardize the financial health of medium- and large-sized nonprofits, threatening their ability to deliver services."

Clean River Project Gets $10K for Summer Educational Program

Clean River Project, a Methen-based nonprofit organization that seeks to clean up the Merrimack River, this week announced that it has received a $10,000 donation to support an educational program for lower income youth this summer that will focus on removing tires and debris from the river.

The came from the Juniper Networks New England Innovation and its Employee Giving Community Program through the Greater Lowell Community Foundation Center for Business Philanthropy.

Jay Linnehan, executive director of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, said, “Here at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, our mission has always been to improve the quality of life for the people in the communities we serve by connecting donors with nonprofits that serve the causes that matter to them.”

Juniper employees reviewed 15 donation proposals and selected three finalists, who pitched how the donations would support programs and how Juniper employees could partner with the organizations through volunteer projects.

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