October 22, 2018
Funds Raised, Received; ED Resigns; HQ Expansion

November 20, 2017 — Comedy fundraiser delivers $40K to South Shore nonprofits...Old North Church & Historic Site gets research grant...ED of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County resigns... Artists For Humanity to expand its headquarters.

Comedy Fundraiser Delivers $40K to South Shore Nonprofits

Eight South Shore nonprofit organizations that provide services to people with developmental disabilities recently received donations totaling $40,414 from a fundraiser organized by the Rogers & Gray Charitable Foundation.

The funds, raised by the third annual Comedy for the Community, held last month at the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, included $13,338 for Community Connections, based in South Yarmouth; $11,638 for New England Village, based in Pembroke; and $10,438 for CapeAbilities, based in Hyannis.

In addition, Surprise Grants of $1,000 each were awarded to Plymouth Coalition for the Homeless, South Shore YMCA, the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, Cape Cod Museum of Art, and the Joe Andruzzi Foundation/

Old North Church & Historic Site Gets Research Grant

Old North Church & Historic Site, a Boston nonprofit dedicated to preserving Old North Church in the city's North End neighborhood, recently announced it has received a $13,000 grant from the Mars company to research the life of Captain Newark Jackson, an Old North parishioner and North End chocolate mill owner.

Steve Ayres, executive director of the Old North Foundation, said the grant will allow the organization to further explore the history of chocolate and commerce and race to create a better experience for visitors to the site by establishing an archive, a written history of Captain Jackson and a young-adult comic book.

Old North Church & Historic Site is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Boston, welcoming nearly half a million visitors annually. Its campus is composed of the 18th century church, five gardens, a gift shop, printing office, and Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop, which is one of two living history exhibits.

ED of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County Resigns

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, based in Greenfield, last week announced that its executive director, Danielle Letourneau-Therrien, will step down after five years in the job to accept a position in the corporate sector.

Board Chair Michael Ramon said current staff members Jennifer Webster and Ericka Almeida will share the agency’s leadership duties for the next six months.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County has provided mentoring services in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region of Western Massachusetts for nearly 50 years, matching children facing adversity with screened and professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors.

Artists For Humanity Gets Funding to Expand Its Headquarters

Artists For Humanity (AFH), a Boston nonprofit that provides paid employment in art and design to under-resourced urban youth to foster self-sufficiency, one of the largest on-site employers of youth in the city, recently received a $10.9 million New Markets Tax Credit allocation to expand its headquarters.

The 27,871-square-foot addition will allow AFH to double the number of teen-aged employees, from 250 to 500, who provide fine art and creative services for businesses, institutions, and individuals; develop pre-apprenticeship vocational programming in technology-based arts media and trades; build a fully-equipped maker studio; form new partnerships with universities and industries; and hire more artists and social entrepreneurs to lead its programming.

Susan Rodgerson, AFH co-founder and executive/artistic director, said, “Our expanded facility will be an urban laboratory where youth and community intersect in experiential and alternative education, creative placemaking, enterprise, and in pioneering social and environmental change. We are honored by MassDevelopment’s long-term investment supporting under-resourced youth to become active contributors to our Commonwealth’s creative and innovation economy.”

The expansion project is set to be completed by next summer.

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