February 24, 2018
 
Nonprofits Awarded Grants to Support a Range of Services

February 2, 2018 — Nonprofits across Massachusetts recently received $195,000 in grants to support a range of services, including leadership and professional training, immigrants, the arts, environment, food security, and homelessness prevention.

Women’s Fund of Western Mass. Gets $25K for Leadership Development

The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM), based in Springfield, which supports economic and social equality for women and girls in western Massachusetts, today announced it has a $25,000 grant from the Irving and Sulamith Blackberg Charitable Foundation to support leadership development.

The unrestricted grant will support WFWM's Leadership Institute for Political, a non-partisan initiative that provides women with the tools, mentors, and confidence to become community leaders and elected officials, and Public Impact and Young Women’s Initiative, a national multi-sector project aimed at creating sustainable prosperity for young women.

"The Women’s Fund is ecstatic to receive this crucial funding from the Irving and Sulamith Blackberg Charitable Foundation. Their support for programs that elevate the collective power of local women and girls will make a significant impact on the lives and future professional development of our program participants,” said Donna Haghighat, CEO of WFWM. “This funding will directly support our ability to serve more program participants, helping us to grow and serve local women in need of professional development.”

Foundation for MetroWest Gets $100K for Professional Training

The Foundation for MetroWest, based in Natick, yesterday announced it received a $100,000 grant from MathWorks to support its Center for Philanthropy Education, which provides free professional development training to MetroWest nonprofits.

“There are over 600 nonprofit organizations serving MetroWest communities,” said Judith Salerno, executive director of the foundation. “Here at the Foundation for MetroWest, we continually look to invest in the future of our communities. This partnership with MathWorks will help strengthen our communities by ensuring every nonprofit has access to high quality training, no matter their budget.”

Training provided by the center spans fundraising, board governance, communications, and leadership.

“We are pleased to support the center’s professional education and networking opportunities for nonprofits, which in turn will strengthen their vital impact in our local community,” said Jeanne O’Keefe, senior vice president and chief financial officer at MathWorks.

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center Gets $40K to Assist Immigrants

The Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC), based in Cambridge, which provides free legal assistance and affordable psychological counseling for low-income people, has received a $40,000 grant to support its Immigration Law Project.

The grant, from The Clowes Fund in Indianapolis, was awarded through a competitive process.

CLSACC is the only volunteer-based agency of its kind in the area, combining legal assistance and mental health counseling, and each year serves 1,500 clients and benefits an additional 3,200 children and other family members. It seeks to combat the effects of poverty and violence by helping clients and their children meet basic human needs for safety, income, health, and housing, relying on volunteer professionals.

Cape Cod Foundation Awards $30K to 10 Chatham Nonprofits

The Cape Cod Foundation, based in South Yarmouth, this week announced it has awarded $30,000 to 10 nonprofits that serve Chatham.

Receiving funding from the foundation's Chatham Fund were the following:
  • Chatham Marconi Maritime Center: $2,000 to support summer STEM programs for students living in Chatham.

  • Chatham Orpheum Theater: $2,000 to support a community outreach program for residents of Chatham nursing homes and assisted living communities to attend daytime programming at the theater free of charge.
  • Creative Arts Center: $800 to support staff and supplies for art classes for Cape Abilities clients.

  • The Family Pantry of Cape Cod: $5,000 to support food for Chatham residents in need.

  • First Night Chatham: $2,000 to support the Children’s Button Fund, which allows Chatham families experiencing economic hardship to attend the First Night celebration with their children.

  • Homeless Prevention Council: $2,000 to support Chatham residents via a variety of services including Backpack to School and the Adopt a Family program, and to provide case management to help clients develop a plan and path to self-sufficiency.

  • Lower Cape Outreach Council: $2,500 to support emergency mortgage, rent and shelter costs for Chatham residents.

  • Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary: $3,000 to support the Chatham Elementary School Conservation Science Education Program and scholarships for Chatham children who could not otherwise afford to attend the 2018 Natural History Day Camp.

  • Monomoy Community Services: $8,700 to support water safety compliance through enhanced equipment and staff training, special needs accommodation staffing, and the Backpack Coalition which works to ensure all local children have the basic supplies necessary to begin the school year.
  • Pleasant Bay Community Boating: $2,000 to support sailing programs for Chatham residents.

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