November 22, 2017
 
Funds Raised; Grants Available; Rebranding

October 20, 2017 — Community Connections Inc. raises $62K...YMCA of Metro North raises $127K, plans expansion...Nonprofits Invited to apply for grants up to $100K for youth, housing and shelter, and foster care...Executive Service Corps rebrands to Empower Success Corps... Google seeks to share $1B with nonprofits.

Community Connections Inc. Raises $62K via Annual Walkathon

Community Connections Inc. (CCI), a nonprofit based in South Yarmouth that provides services to people with disabilities, announced that it raised $62,000 through its annual Walkathon and Family Fun Day, the highest amount raised in the 10 years the event has been held.

The fundraiser, held last month at the Fairhaven Recreation Center, drew nearly 450 attendees, the most in its history. Funds will support the organization's work with individuals with disabilities who participate in CCI’s programs across Southern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.

For more than 30 years, CCI has been providing life‐enriching services that promote optimal independence for people with disabilities, including day habilitation programs and employment services at its Mashpee and South Yarmouth locations.

Belmont Veterans Memorial Committee Gets $100K Matching Grant

The Belmont Savings Bank Foundation recently announced it awarded a $100,000 matching grant to the Belmont Veterans Memorial Committee, a local nonprofit dedicated to establishing and preserving Belmont’s memorials to its veterans and those who died in service.

The funds will be used to help restore and enhance the Veterans Memorial at Clay Pit Pond in Belmont to its original condition, and new memorial stones will honor the contributions of Belmont veterans in each individual military conflict since the town’s founding in 1859. The challenge has a Dec. 31 deadline to allow construction to be completed in time for Veterans Day in November 2018.

YMCA of Metro North Raises $127K, Plans 70,000-Square-Foot Expansion

YMCA of Metro North, based in Peabody, recently announced that it raised a record-setting $127,000 at its annual Where In the World fundraiser, which will provide financial aid for children and family to attend the Y. The event attracted 240 people.

“The event was a chance to showcase the Y’s work to those in attendance as well as to support our commitment of making sure youth have access to all of our programs regardless of their ability to pay, said Kathleen Walsh, chief operating officer of the YMCA of Metro North.

The YMCA also recently announced plans for a 70,000-square-foot expansion next to the Lynn YMCA, which will include an family aquatics center, gymnasium, locker rooms, an indoor track, fitness studios, a family adventure center and a child watch area. The $49.2 million project will be financed by a $37.7 million MassDevelopment package, according to the Boston Business Journal.

The YMCA of Metro North will use the MassDevelopment financing to acquire a half-acre parcel adjacent to the Lynn YMCA at 20 Neptune Blvd., on which it will build a second facility.

Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Grants up to $100K

The Clipper Ship Foundation, a Boston-based private foundation, recently announced that its reconfigured grants process will award grants ranging in size from $25,000 to $100,000 to Massachusetts nonprofits focused on youth, housing and shelter, and foster care.

Grants will be made to organizations with annual budgets under $5 million. A concept paper, in place of a full application, is due by Dec. 1,with grants to be awarded next June. Details.

Executive Service Corps Rebrands to Empower Success Corps

Executive Service Corps, a Boston nonprofit that provides management and consulting services to nonprofit, this week announced it has rebranded and now calls itself Empower Success Corps (ESC).

"ESC, which is how we are known, remains the same but Empower Success Corps, replaces Executive Service Corps, to better reflect the range of programs and services we now offer," the organization said.

A new logo and program names (ESC Consulting, ESC Fellowships, ESC Institute, ESC Discovery) encompass the breadth of the services today’s ESC provides, along with a simpler way to refer to each of the programs. It's new tagline—Expertise to help nonprofits succeed—is intended to emphasize ESC's focus on "helping clients succeed, do more, and have a significant impact on their communities."

Google Is Seeking Nonprofit Innovators to Share in $1B in Grants

Google last week announced it will award $1 billion in grants over five years and contribute a million volunteer hours to help nonprofit innovators advance solutions to pressing global challenges relating to education, economic opportunity, and inclusion.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said nonprofit innovators "are the believers-turned-doers that have made a huge impact on their communities and have a vision for creating change at scale. For example, when Google.org first funded Khan Academy, it was a single person with a big idea: provide a free, world class education to anyone, anywhere. With the help of our seed funding and ongoing support, Khan Academy now has over fifty-nine million registered users, including two million registered teachers." More at Google.org.

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