October 22, 2018
New Board Chair; EDs Retire; Youthful Grants; Grant Deadline

December 19, 2017 — Fenway Health acts following resignation of CEO and board chair...Charles River Conservancy founder and president to retire...Long-time executive director of Mass Home Care retires...Youthful philanthropists grant $24K to nonprofits...Nonprofits invited to apply for financial literacy funding.

Fenway Health Acts Following Resignation of CEO and Board Chair

The board of Fenway Health, a community health center located in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston that is highly regarded for its leading edge care and advocacy for LGBT patients, last week announced steps the organization is taking in the wake of the resignation of its chief executive officer and board chair in connection with the alleged mishandling sexual harassment allegations against a doctor on its staff.

Among actions taken was the election of Liz Page as board chair and "a board member listening tour in which we will sit down with any and all employees who are willing to share with us the challenges and rewards of their work at Fenway."

"This week’s changes in organization and board leadership are an acknowledgment that we have heard you, and we are moving forward in a way that shows the value we place on your input, involvement and dedication to us," the board noted.

CEO Stephen L. Boswell and board chair Stephen L. Boswell stepped down days after The Boston Globe reported report allegations by current and former employees of harassment and bullying against Dr. Harvey Makadon, a researcher at The Fenway Institute, which focuses on national and international health issues, especially related to LGBT communities. Read more.

Charles River Conservancy Founder and President to Retire

The Charles River Conservancy, a Boston nonprofit that works with state and local agencies on the renewal and active use of the Charles River parklands from Boston Harbor to the Watertown Dam, recently announced that Renata von Tscharner, its founder and president will retire next summer after 18 years of service.

The Conservancy's board of directors has initiated a search for a successor, which it expects to conclude in the spring.

Established in 2000, the Conservancy engages about 2,000 volunteers annually and collaborates with other organizations and coalitions to advocate for increased state funding to enhance the landscape, structures, pathways, and amenities of the Charles River Basin and make them accessible for all.

In connection with its role as advocate, the organization educates appointed and elected officials about best-practice planning, identified problems and needs, and the importance of adequate public funds, both for capital projects and routine maintenance, and frequently participates in the state’s budgeting process, crafting of park related legislation, and monitoring of state park planning and parklands maintenance.

Long-Time Executive Director of Mass Home Care Retires

Mass Home Care, a trade association of home care and aging-related agencies based in Turners Falls, announced that its executive director, Al Norman, retired last week after serving 31 years in the job.

The organization is conducting a search for a successor. In the interim, its executive board is fulfilling duties of the executive director.

During his tenure at Mass Home Care, Norman lobbied for hundreds of millions of dollars for home care programs. He helped negotiate the Enhanced Community Options program and the Community Choices project in the Medicaid budget, which jointly provided $160 million for elders at imminent risk of needing nursing home care.

He also helped create the original 1-800-AGE-INFO help line, and his Caring Homes plan added a new level of adult family care in Massachusetts. In addition, he was a founder of the Massachusetts Money Management Program to help seniors who cannot manage their daily household funds.

Youthful Philanthropists Grant $24K to 13 Nonprofits

Youth for Community Improvement, a teen grant-making committee of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, based in Worcester, last week announced that it has awarded $24,000 to 13 area nonprofits.

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • African Community Education Program, Worcester, for its Youth Leadership Council, a facilitated program to promote youth engagement in the agency and teach leadership skills.

  • Angels-Net Foundation, Worcester, for Youth Leadership Development program, an after school program for immigrant and refugee youth to engage in planning and leadership.

  • Bottom Line, Worcester, for its Worcester Campus Program, to host activities that support Bottom Line college students on their campuses.

  • HOPE Coalition, Worcester, for HOPE School Chapters, supporting the launch of teen leadership programs at two Worcester high schools.

  • Let’s Empower, Advocate, Do! (L.E.A.D), Worcester, for Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification, a specialized youth training program to support and assist peers struggling with mental health challenges.

  • Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln, for Let’s GO! at Worcester East Middle School, a series of outdoor education programs for students.

  • Montachusett Opportunity Council, Fitchburg, for Strengthen Bystanders, a peer leadership education program for sexual assault prevention among teens.

  • Nativity School of Worcester, Worcester, for support of winter and spring arts night.

  • Spanish American Center, Leominster, for Leominster Youth for Change, a youth engagement program for healthy relationships, artistic expression, and community service.

  • Student Immigrant Movement, Boston, for growing SIM's Central Massachusetts Chapter, which provides political engagement and empowerment initiatives for undocumented teens and young adults.

  • Thrive Support & Advocacy, Marlborough, for Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) Program, a mentorship program for youth with intellectual and developmental challenges.

  • Worcester Community Action Council, Worcester, for support of the Summer Symposium, a collective training event for youth in summer jobs programs.

  • Worcester Roots, Worcester, for Co-Op Connections, a career development program for youth interested in ethically-focused cooperative business opportunities.

Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Financial Literacy Funding

Citizens Bank recently invited Massachusetts nonprofits to apply for funding to help advance financial literacy. Last spring, the bank awarded $535,000 to 15 Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, with grants ranging from $20,000 to $50,000.

Eligible financial literacy activities include basics of banking and asset building, budgeting, homeownership counseling, foreclosure prevention, credit management and repair programs, and .financial management for small businesses

Deadline to apply: Dec. 29. Details.

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