April 26, 2019
Three Mass. Nonprofits Awarded $200K for Children, Equality

July 15, 2018 — Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Gets $50K to Reunite Immigrant Children...JRI receives $100K for legal aid for children in Bristol County...A surprise $50K for the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Gets $50K to Reunite Immigrant Children

The Barr Foundation recently announced it has awarded $50,000 to Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, a Boston nonprofit that fights discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants, to support services to reunite immigrant children with immigrant parents.

Barr’s said the grant will enable the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights to provide legal support to families affected by separation policies, adding that funds will also help support partnerships with community organizations that are supporting parents directly.

The grant was made in connection with a larger package of grants made in response to the crisis spawned by the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the southern U.S. border.

"While Barr is principally focused on New England, and immigration is not one of our core issues, we are nonetheless compelled to act out of shared humanity with the almost 3,000 children—by the Department of Health and Human Services’ own count—and their parents affected by these misguided policies," the foundation noted.

JRI Gets $100K for Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Bristol County

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation recently announced it has presented the 2018 Nick Littlefield Award for Excellence in Community Health to the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Bristol County, a program of JRI, a Needham-based nonprofit that provides an array of outpatient mental health services throughout Massachusetts.

The CAC of Bristol County, which serves children who have been victims of abuse or witness to violence, will receive a one-time, two-year gift of $50,000 per year in recognition of the private, nonprofit agency’s extraordinary contributions to children’s health.

“We are so grateful for this generous opportunity to better address our passion for children’s health and wellness,” said Michelle Loranger, executive director of the CAC of Bristol County. “The CAC knows all too well the impact of childhood trauma and shares in the wisdom of Nick Littlefield’s work toward promoting resiliency in all youth.”

Littlefield was a top adviser to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and a partner in the law firm Foley Hoag, LLP. Founded in 2007 and based in Fall River, the CAC of Bristol County has served more than 5,000 boys and girls in the 20 towns and cities within the county.

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition Gets $50K Unexpectedly

The Boston Foundation recently announced that it has awarded $50,000 to the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), a Boston nonprofit that works to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.

The Out of the Blue grant is awarded at the foundation's discretion and grantees do not apply for consideration.

“This grant is both a stunning surprise and a wonderful gesture of appreciation for our work,” said Mason Dunn, MTPC executive director. “2018 will be a watershed year for transgender rights in Massachusetts, and this grant will help us in the fight to create greater understanding of what it means to be transgender and to inspire transgender people across the state to fight isolation and bigotry.”

Boston Foundation President Paul Grogan said, “MTPC’s mission perfectly aligns with the Boston Foundation vision of a city and region where justice and opportunity are extended to all. By strengthening the leadership and advocacy skills of the Massachusetts transgender community, MTPC is improving the lives and protecting the rights of thousands of people across the state and their families. It is a critically important role, and one that clearly resonated with our staff in the selection process this year.”

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