March 24, 2019
Boston Foundation Grants $2.8M to 54 Greater Boston Nonprofits

June 14, 2018 — The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, this week announced it has granted $2,831,875 to 54 area nonprofits that work to advance a range of initiatives, including economic development, education, jobs and workforce training, minority businesses, and veterans support.

“With this round of grants, the Boston Foundation continues our efforts to support organizations that expand opportunities to new groups in Greater Boston,” said Paul S. Grogan, president and CEO of The Boston Foundation. “At a time when the tight job market opens doors for people with the right training to access our 21st century economy, many these grants are an investment in ensuring everyone in Boston has ways to access these opportunities.”

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • The BASE (Boston Astros Baseball Club, Incorporated): $125,000 for its Academic and Career Institute programming to increase students' college success.

  • Bellwether Education Partners: $100,375 to produce a report that assesses Boston Public Schools’ progress on its reform agenda and compare its student achievement trends to other urban districts at similar reform stages, and $135,000 to develop a financial sustainability plan that ensures the long-term viability of the Success Boston college transition coaching program for Boston Public Schools students.

  • Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston: $25,000 for capacity building for My Brother’s Keeper

  • Boston University: $2,500 for the Boston-Lowell Asian American Film Series

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston: $5,000 for support of the Mattapan Teen Center

  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital: $10,000 for support of Racial Reconciliation and Healing at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center

  • Cardinal Cushing Centers: $100,000 to provide support for the Vocational Inclusion Pathways (VIP) Program, which helps individuals with intellectual disabilities obtain and retain long-term employment in meaningful, paid jobs in their community.

  • Caribbean Integration Community Development: $25,000 for continued capacity building work as the organization develops its infrastructure.

  • Caritas Communities: $25,000 for support of its services for adult residents to help them retain their housing.

  • CEOs for Cities: $25,000 for general operating support

  • Centerboard: $12,100 in support of Marissa's Hope, a commercial sexual exploitation outreach program that seeks to prevent sexual exploitation and provides emergency intervention for victims.

  • CERO Cooperative: $18,900 for support of the CERO Cooperative's project to process recovered food waste to create clean energy, agricultural products and jobs, while building the local renewable resources infrastructure.

  • Charles River Conservancy: $25,000 for its Charles River Swim Park project, which seeks to bring public swimming back to the Charles River.

  • The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color: $10,000 for general support and organizational development consulting

  • Conservation Law Foundation: $60,000 to structure and take to market a Pay for Success Environmental Impact Bond, which would fund the repair of the gas pipeline distribution infrastructure in Boston, which in turn would reduce the amount of methane gas leaks and lower the rate payer burden.

  • Courageous Sailing Center of Boston: $30,000 for its Reach Initiative, which engages youth through free, high-quality, long-term learning experiences.

  • Cristo Rey Boston High School: $15,000 for its nonprofit jobs placement program, which places students in internships with nonprofit organizations.

  • EdVestors: A $300,000/three-year grant to support Phase IV of the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative, an effort delivering dramatically improved educational outcomes for all students in Boston.

  • Ella J. Baker House/William J. Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies: $15,000 for support of its King Summer Academic Program, which will develop high-need students as independent engaged learners and bolster the academic skills of 45 rising 5th graders at the Holmes Innovation School.

  • Grameen America: $20,000 for general support of the work of the Boston Branch.

  • Hands to Heart Center: $20,000 to support the healing practice of yoga with people living with poverty, trauma and substance abuse/addiction.

  • Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership: $15,000 for general support of Boston-based programs

  • Health Care for All: $100,000 to assess and promote meaningful collaboration between MassHealth Accountable Care Organizations and local community-based organizations.

  • Immigrant Family Services Institute: $30,000 to reduce barriers to accessing services for immigrants through direct support services, referrals, education, and leadership training.

  • Institute of Contemporary Art: $20,000 to support its outdoor/indoor performing arts programming in FY 18/19.

  • Inversant: $50,000 to support, promote, and advance their Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA) program in Suffolk County and deepen its partnerships in Boston.

  • Irish International Immigrant Center: $20,000 for work on DACA and Temporary Protected Status cases

  • Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): $20,000 to provide protection for children who enter the US immigration system alone and strives to ensure that these children have representation in immigration court hearings.

  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation: $100,000 for its New Energy Model Organization (NEMO), a new organization that seeks to assist community residents in urban and rural areas of the US to transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities.

  • Marilyn Rodman Theater for Kids: $10,000 to broaden the horizons of at-risk youth and foster a lifelong appreciation for the performing arts by exposing kids to live, professional theater.

  • Massachusetts Charter Public School Association: A $400,000/three-year grant to advocate for the creation of the conditions that enable the public charter sector to thrive.

  • MetroLacrosse: $7,500 for the second iteration of the Enhancing, Monitoring and Evaluation Initiative

  • Metrowest Legal Services: $20,500 for its Senior Citizens Legal Project, which provides legal representation to elderly clients.

  • NeedyMeds: $23,000 for its Community Representative Program, which will work with councils on aging to help elders save money on healthcare and prescription drug costs.

  • Mothers for Justice and Equality: $15,000 for the Second Chance program

  • The Neighborhood Developers: $30,000 for a partnership with Nuestra Comunidad for a new CDC operating model

  • New Sector Alliance: $20,000 for strategic planning efforts

  • New Democracy Coalition: $15,000 for the nonpartisan Boston Voter Education Project and the Mountain Top Collaborative

  • OptiNeeds: $15,000 for its Special Goggles for Special Needs Boston program.

  • Parenting Journey/The Family Center: $20,000 to create safer, more resilient families by supporting them in developing the inner strengths and networks of resources they need to succeed.

  • Per Scholas: A $300,000/three-year grant to Per Scholas, an organization which provides accelerated, full-time training in IT support and a full-time, tuition-free opportunity leading to CompTIA A+ and Net+ professional certifications for adults from overlooked communities.

  • Posse Foundation: $25,000 to support the improvement and expansion of their programming related to Scholars’ GPAs and career success.

  • Project R.I.G.H.T.: $50,000 to carry out youth organizing efforts in the greater Grove Hall community related to and in support of improvements in ridership to the Fairmount Indigo Line.

  • Quincy Asian Resources: $20,000 to focus on supporting elder members of the community.

  • Reebok Foundation: A $100,000/two-year grant to support BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success), a before school physical activity program for elementary and middle school students in the Boston Public Schools for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years.

  • Social Finance: $100,000 to support the Veterans CARE (Coordinated Approach to Recovery and Employment) Pay for Success project to improve employment outcomes for 480 post-9/11 veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

  • Transformative Culture Project: $20,000 to support Beyond Creative, a full-service youth employed creative media agency.

  • Tunefoolery Music: $10,000 to support individuals in mental health recovery and eliminate stigma associated with mental illness through dialogue, education and modeling the talents and strengths of people with mental health conditions.

  • Urban Food Initiative (The Daily Table): $30,000 to host free community workshops on nutrition and healthy eating through the Teaching Kitchen.

  • United Nations Association of Greater Boston: $25,000 for support of its Model UN in Underserved Communities program.

    United South End Settlements: $10,000 for the Change Maker Series: Honoring the legacy of Harriet Tubman

  • United Teen Equality Center: $40,000 to support efforts to advance policy/legislation related to the Young Adult Reentry Population.

  • University of Massachusetts Foundation: $47,000 for support of the Massachusetts Prisoner Pre-Release Re- Entry Mediation Pilot Extension, which seeks to ensure appropriate pre-release planning for prisoners with their community connections takes place and realistic, workable agreements are developed with the goal of reducing recidivism and homelessness.

  • Uphams Corner Health Center: $15,000 to install a farmers market in summer 2018 to address food insecurity in the North Dorchester Community.

  • Waltham Boys and Girls Club: $20,000 to support the development of an action plan to be based on its recently-completed strategic plan.

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