February 17, 2019
Help for Nonprofits; ED Dies; Food Rescue; AG Files Motion

May 8, 2018 — Mass. Service Alliance identifies 17 nonprofits to get service members...Longtime ED of Northeast Animal Shelter dies... Lovin' Spoonfuls to expand to Springfield...Attorney general seeks receiver for Roxbury Comm. College Foundation...Car sales generate $23K for Berkshire Humane Society...Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell cited locally as “Non-Profit of the Year.”

Mass. Service Alliance Identifies 17 Nonprofits to Get Service Members

Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA), which serves as the state commission on service and volunteerism, recently announced it has selected 17 nonprofits from across the state to host Commonwealth Corps members for the 2018-2019 program year.

“We are very proud to be able to provide Commonwealth Corps members to these 17 worthy organizations next year because we know their ability to meet their mission will be greatly enhanced by their members,” said Emily Haber, CEO of MSA. “In addition, we are excited for the Commonwealth Corps members [who] will be selected to serve at these highly effective organizations. Experience has shown us that they will each have an extremely transformative year.”

MSA said it received a record number of host site applications for the 2018-2019 program year.

The following organizations will receive Commonwealth Corps members:
  • 826 Boston, Boston
  • Boston Education, Skills & Training Corp.,Boston and Medford
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell, Lowell
  • Children’s Services of Roxbury, Boston
  • Economic Development Council of Western Mass , Springfield
  • Friends of the Rafael Hernandez School Inc., Boston
  • Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lawrence and Methuen
  • Lynn Shelter Association, Lynn
  • Madison Park Development Corporation, Boston
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston
  • More Than Words, Boston and Waltham
  • Mount Wachusett Community College, Fitchburg, Gardner, and Leominster
  • Peer Health Exchange, Boston
  • Reader to Reader, Amherst, Greenfield, Holyoke, and Springfield
  • UTEC, Inc., Lowell
  • Westport River Watershed Alliance, Fall River, Taunton, and Westport
  • WriteBoston, Boston
Established in 2007, the Commonwealth Corps engages Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in a stipended service internship designed to develop Massachusetts service leaders, strengthen communities, address unmet needs, and increase volunteerism. Massachusetts is the only state that has a service corps program focused solely on state residents.

Longtime ED of Northeast Animal Shelter Dies

Randi Cohen, executive director since 2006 of the Northeast Animal Shelter, a Salem nonprofit that rescues unwanted dogs and cats, died of complications from a heart condition on April 26. She was 75.

Cohen, a former public school teacher in Lynn, began her association with the shelter, founded by her sister in 1976, as a volunteer, starting in 1997.

As a lifelong animal lover, Mrs. Cohen became a driving force at Northeast Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter that has rescued more than 130,000 dogs and cats and placed them in homes throughout New England. In 2006, she moved into a new 13,000-square-foot building after negotiating with the City of Salem, and securing a $3.26 million bond through the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, according to The Boston Globe.

Today the organization has 65 paid staff, and for the year ending Dec. 16, 2016, reported $4.7 million in revenue, of which $2.9 million came from contributions and grants, and $4.1 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

Lovin' Spoonfuls Expanding to Springfield

Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a Boston nonprofit that facilitates the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food to local meal programs and social service agencies that otherwise would be discarded, recently announced it will expand operations to Springfield.

"The region has the highest rate of child food insecurity in the state,"

According to Lauren Palumbo, the organization's chief operating officer, quoted in MassLive.com, Greater Springfield has the highest rate of child food insecurity in the state.

Two years ago, Lovin' Spoonfuls expanded into the MetroWest region, focusing on the Framingham area.

Established in 2010, Lovin’ Spoonfuls currently serves nearly 40 cities and towns across Eastern Massachusetts and works with more than 200 partners. Each weekday, teams collect excess fruits and vegetables, dairy, lean proteins, and whole grains from grocery stores, farms, farmers markets, and produce wholesalers, and make scheduled distributions to homeless shelters, crisis centers, after-school programs, veterans service agencies and elderly service providers.

Attorney General Seeks Receiver for Roxbury Comm. College Foundation

The Massachusetts attorney general last week filed a motion in Superior Court seeking a temporary receiver to operate the Roxbury Community College Foundation, a Roxbury-based nonprofit that raises funds for Roxbury Community College (RCC), in order "to preserve and protect its assets."

The filing follows the college's trustees move in February to revoke the foundation's authority to raise funds for RCC, which led the foundation's board to resign en masse. The filing noted that the foundation "is incapable of taking the necessary steps needed to secure its assets, protects its rights, ensure that it is meeting its obligations, and otherwise continue its charitable mission of supporting the College."

For the year ending Dec. 30, 2016, the foundation reported $330,000 in revenue, of which $205,000 came from contributions and grants, and $1.2 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing. It also reported net assets of $2.8 million.

Berkshire Humane Society Gets $23K from Local Auto Dealer

The Berkshire Humane Society (BHS), a Pittsfield nonprofit animal shelter, recently received $23,000 from Haddad Suburu in connection with a donation program from the car company that enables a local dealership to select a charity to receive $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased between during the three months ending last January

Since its founding in 1992, BHS, the only open admission shelter serving Berkshire County and surrounding areas, has sheltered more than 43,000 homeless animals who are cared for and made available for adoption. In addition, low-cost spaying and neutering, BHS provides free educational programs for local schools and organizations, a pet-food pantry for financially challenged pet owners, and temporary foster care for the pets of owners who are in crisis or transition.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell Cited Locally as “Non-Profit of the Year”

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell, a nonprofit youth development organization based in Lowell, last week was named “Non-Profit of the Year” by Enterprise Bank.

“With a mission to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell is transforming lives and building a brighter future for our community’s youth every day,” said Enterprise Bank CEO Jack Clancy. “We are proud to honor the Boys & Girls Club for their important role in helping young people discover the passion, resolve, and resources they need to redirect their futures and defy the statistics.”

The award honors a nonprofit organization "whose achievements and accomplishments are a result of successfully meeting or exceeding its mission and goals, making a significant and positive impact on the communities it serves."

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