July 16, 2018
Grants Given, ED to Resign, 218 Nonprofits Get Free Consulting

July 24, 2017 — Mothers for Justice and Equality named Champion in Action... Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center gets grant...Esplanade Association executive director to step down...218 Boston area nonprofits sign on for free consulting support.

Mothers for Justice and Equality named Champion in Action, Receives $35K

Mothers for Justice and Equality (MJE), a Boston nonprofit dedicated to fighting violence, has been named a Champion in Action, which brings with it $35,000 in unrestricted funding and promotional and volunteer support.

MJE will use the award, provided and announced last week by Citizens Bank and NECN, to help meet the demand for their services, which reach more than 100 youth year-round. MJE will also expand partnerships to provide financial literacy programming for young men and women preparing for release from the criminal justice system, and Violence Intervention Resource Advocates to support female victims of violence.

Monalisa Smith, president and founder of Mothers for Justice and Equality, said, “The Champions in Action award will help us as we—mother to mother, family to family and block to block—together change the story of our streets to one of non-violence.”

In addition to the cash award, MJE will received a series of public service announcements and television profiles that will air over the course of six months on NECN, volunteer support from bank employees, public relations support, exposure on the Citizens Bank and NECN websites, and the opportunity for the organization’s executive director to participate in a mentorship with a Citizens Bank executive.

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center Granted $10K

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, a nonprofit based in Boston and Quincy that provides education and family services to Asian immigrants and the Asian American community of Greater Boston, last week announced that it has received a grant of $10,000 from the Cathay Bank Foundation in support of its youth programs.

The Youth Center provides youth ages 13-18 year-round youth development, college access, and leadership programs where youth develop 21st century skills needed to thrive in college and the workforce.

BCNC is the largest nonprofit social service provider for Asian families in the Greater Boston area, supporting over 2,600 children, youth, and adults each year at four locations in Boston and Quincy. Last May, BCNC opened the Pao Arts Center, Chinatown’s first community-based arts center and Boston’s newly dedicated Asian American and Asian immigrant cultural space.

Tani Marinovich to Step Down as Esplanade Association Executive Director

Tani Marinovich will step down as executive director of the Esplanade Association (EA), Boston nonprofit that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain natural green space, and provide educational, cultural and recreational programs, the organization recently announced.

Marinovich, who held the post for the last five and a half years, will stay on through September to oversee the organization’s summer schedule and its largest annual fundraising initiative, the Moondance Gala, set for Sept. 23.

"Marinovich will continue her commitment to the environment, and the community in a new opportunity located closer to her home, allowing her to spend more time with her family," said the EA, which it has retained a search firm to identify candidates to succeed Marinovich. A new executive director is expected to be named by yearend.

EA Board Chair Alexi Conine said, “Tani leaves the Esplanade Association strong, energized and poised for new levels of excellence in the years to come. She has done tremendous work as our executive director.”

During Marinovich's tenure, the EA restored the Eliot Memorial, the Hatch Shell Oval Lawn and most recently the historic Lotta Fountain while growing volunteer participation, grants, corporate sponsorships and overall revenue.

218 Boston Area Nonprofits Sign on for Free Consulting Support

The Boston Foundation (TBF) last week announced that 218 Boston-area nonprofits have registered to take advantage of capacity building support made available by TBF though the Catchafire skill-based professional volunteer-matching platform.

The platform allows nonprofits to connect with tens of thousands of skilled professionals looking to do pro bono work in areas including strategy development, marketing, branding, design and much more.

TBF has offered the platform free-of-charge to all organizations that applied for grants last year, noting that, to date, more than half, 112 of the 218 organizations signed up for the service, are not current TBF grantees.

“The Catchafire initiative allows us to expand our support far beyond our grantmaking, giving organizations thousands of dollars in free, high quality project support and guidance to strengthen their operations, regardless of whether or not they are a Boston Foundation grantee partner,” said Jennifer Aronson, TBF associate vice president for programs.

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