October 22, 2018
Grants Received, Offered for Training; Fundraising Success

December 31, 2017 — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest; Hockey assists generate funds for Dana Farber Cancer Institute; the Essex County Community Foundation announces funding for nonprofits seeking collaborations, attend its annual Institute for Trustees; the Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation wins recognition for more than doubling its fundraising success.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest Gets Grants

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest (BBBSCM), a nonprofit based in Framingham and Worcester that provides one-to-one mentoring to children facing adversity, announced that it received grants totaling $30,000 this month.

The grants, which will support the organization's ongoing work, included $15,000 from the Albert W. Rice Charitable Foundation, $10,000 from the Ruth H. & Warren A. Ellsworth Foundation, and $5,000 from MutualOne Bank.

Earlier this year, BBBSCM and the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation merged. The Mazie Foundation will continue to operate as a 501c3 with its own tax identification and annual operating budget as a subsidiary entity of BBBSCM. Founded in 1997, the Mazie Foundation provides goals-based mentoring to high schoolers at-risk.

Jeffrey Chin, CEO of BBBSCM, said, "Combining the Mazie Foundation with BBBSCM is a force multiplier where one plus one equals ten.”

Berkshire Bank and NESN Award Grant to Dana-Farber

Berkshire Bank and NESN recently announced they have awarded a $14,000 grant to The Jimmy Fund & Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston through funds generated by the bank's Exciting Assists Grant Program.

The grant program, which runs through March 31, raises funds to support three charitable causes. Berkshire Bank’s Foundation provides $100 per hockey play assist to the program. An assist is defined as a Boston Bruins player who shot, passed or deflected the puck towards the scoring teammate, or touched it in any other way which enabled the goal, meaning that they were "assisting" in the goal. During the first portion of the season the Bruins had 140 assists resulting in a $14,000 grant from Berkshire Bank Foundation.

Due to receive funds through the program are two other Boston nonprofits: Boston Cares, the largest volunteer agency in New England, and Bridge Over Troubled Waters, which works to transform the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth.

Essex County Community Foundation Accepting Applications for Grants

The Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), based in Danvers, recently announced that it will award up to three scholarships for nonprofits that want to attend its annual Institute for Trustees conference to be held March 24. Deadline to apply: Feb. 15. Details.

ECCF also announced it is accepting applications from nonprofits seeking to enhance their capacity through collaborations. The one-time grant of up to $15,000 will be awarded in the spring. Deadline to apply: March 12. Details.

Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation Cited for Fundraising Success

Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation, based in West Barnstable, which raises funds and encourages endowments for Cape Cod Community College, was recently awarded a DonorPerfect Excellence in Fundraising Award, given to organizations "that demonstrate outstanding achievement toward raising funds to make a difference in the communities they serve."

The foundation won in the category of Fastest Growing Nonprofit - Small Division Winner in connection with its receipt of a $1 million major gift, which contributed to its 138% growth in 2016.

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