January 22, 2019
Exec. Turnover; Most Influential Leaders; Grant Opportunities

May 1, 2018 — Sienna Wildfield stepping down as ED of Hilltown Families...Interim president at Mass Mentoring Partnership... Nonprofit leaders among most influential in Boston...Nonprofits invited to apply for free consulting support, grants to spur cultural engagement.

Sienna Wildfield Stepping Down as ED of Hilltown Families

Hilltown Families, a Williamsburg nonprofit that provides community-based educational programs for all levels of learning, recently announced that its founder and executive director, Sienna Wildfield, will be stepping down from the post to mentor and train others across the country to create similar programs.

Since Hilltown Families established was in 2005, the organization today serves all four counties of western Massachusetts, sharing community-based educational events, resources, and learning opportunities. Its free weekly enewsletter has more than 6,000 subscribers. It is engaged in a search for a new executive director.

Beth Fraster Serving as Interim President, CEO at Mass Mentoring Partnership

Mass Mentoring Partnership, a Boston-based statewide nonprofit that supports and advances youth-adult relationships, recently announced it has launched a search for a new president and CEO following the resignation of Marty Martinez, who stepped down in December to become chief of health and human services for the City of Boston.

Beth Fraster, vice president and chief program officer of MMP, is serving as interim president and CEO. Fraster, who joined the organization in 2014, has more than 25 years of experience leading, evaluating, and managing youth development programs, having provided training and technical assistance to behavioral health programs across Massachusetts and the. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University.

Nonprofit Leaders Among Most Influential in Boston

Nonprofit leaders play a key role among leaders in Boston, accounting for 32 of the 100 most influential people in Boston, according to a listing compiled and published in the May issue of Boston magazine.

Included are Myechia Minter-Jordan, president and CEO of the Dimock Center in Roxbury, which provides low cost health and human services; Vanessa Calderón-Rasado, CEO of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, an affordable housing community in the South End neighborhood of Boston; Ioannis Miaoulis, president of Boston's Museum of Science; Lydia Lowe, director of the Chinatown Community Land Trust, which promotes community ownership of land and housing; and Kathy Abbott, president and CEO of Boston Harbor Now, which works to develop Boston Harbor and the Islands as an economic, environmental, and social asset.

Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Free Consulting Support

The Highland Street recently invited Massachusetts nonprofit to submit proposals for free consulting through its Community Impact Consulting program, which provides advice to help them grow and increase sustainability.

Experienced consultants will work with selected nonprofit organizations for a six-month engagement in issues such as fundraising/ development planning, strategic plan development, stakeholder engagement, strategic communications/public relations, marketing/branding, board development and governance, and accounting and financial planning.

To be eligible, organizations must be based in Massachusetts, be a 501(c)(3), and have an operating budget between $500,000 and $4 million. Consulting engagements will start July 1.

Deadline to apply: May 11. Details.

Applications Sought for Creative Community Engagement Grants

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation recently announced it is accepting applications for its Creative Community Engagement Grant Program, which aims to direct financial and knowledge resources to Worcester’s nonprofit cultural organizations, to increase engagement with diverse communities that represent Worcester’s changing demographics.

Funds may be used for, but are not limited to, operating support, capital needs, audience engagement efforts, or other areas.

Applicants must be tax 501(c)(3) organizations serving the Worcester area, and meet other terms and conditions, including attendance at bi-monthly learning sessions.

Deadline to apply: May 18. Details.

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