July 18, 2019
New Chief Development Officers; Grants Available for Nonprofits

August 7, 2018 —National Brain Tumor Society and Edward M. Kennedy Institute name chief development officers...Grants available to nonprofits involved with youth leadership programming, advancement of women and girls, health and wellbeing, and employment skills development.

National Brain Tumor Society Names Chief Development Officer

The National Brain Tumor Society, a Newton-based nonprofit that funds strategic research and advocates for public policy changes to benefit brain tumor patients, recently announced it has named Lauren Hall as its chief development officer, responsible for the organization's fundraising strategy.

Hall previously served as assistant vice president of development at Brigham and Women’s hospital, where she directed fundraising for the neurosciences and played a key role in launching the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases. Prior to that, she served as senior associate director for major gifts at the University of Pennsylvania; associate director for principal and major gifts at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; and special projects coordinator, Office of External Affairs and Coordinator, Women’s Leadership Board, at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master's degree in Writing and Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. She has served as a Big Sister for the past six years with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, and also serves on the board of directors at Inward Bound mindfulness Education.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute Appoints Chief Development Officer

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a Boston nonprofit that seeks to encourage public discourse and inspire citizens to become public leaders, last week announced that Betsy Rigby will join as chief development officer, responsible for all fundraising operations, including major giving, annual giving, corporate and foundation support, membership, alumni relations, and the annual dinner

Mary K. Grant, president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, said,. “With her passion for our organization’s work and experience leading dynamic development teams, Betsy will be an asset to the Institute as we continue to expand our reach and community of supporters.”

Rigby previously served as the chief development officer at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and as director of development with Partners Healthcare. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, and earned a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a certificate as a human capital strategist from the Human Capital Institute. She is a board member of the Massachusetts chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Nonprofits Invited to Apply for "Champions in Action" Grant

Citizens Bank recently announced it is seeking applications from nonprofits focused on youth for its "Champions in Action" program, which will award a $35,000 grant and pro bono services, including media coverage, promotional support, and volunteer support.

Nonprofit organizations or partnerships delivering youth leadership programming, defined as benefiting both the individual and the community by engaging youth in constructive action and preparing young people to successfully identify community needs, advocate, develop solutions, collaborate with others and influence outcomes, are invited to apply for the award to be announced in January.

Deadline to apply: Aug. 17. Details.

Mass. Nonprofits Eligible to Apply for Innovation Fund Grant Competition

Massachusetts nonprofits are invited to apply for the Fall 2018 Innovation Fund grant competition, which "invests in solutions that shift power and resources to working people."

Applications are sought from nonprofits that focus on one of the following three areas: public sector solutions to address automation, job training that increases wages and worker power, or tools to help working people meet their financial needs. Finalists will be invited to present at the Fall 2018 Innovation Fund Showcase in New York City on Oct. 4-5. Winners will be announced mid-October.

Deadline to apply: Aug. 24. Details.

Miriam Fund Seeks Letters of Intent for Grants up to $25K

The Miriam Fund a philanthropic community committed that to creating an equitable world that expands opportunities for women and girls, recently announced it is seeking applicants for grants up to $25,000 for projects that deliver measurable and sustainable outcomes for the advancement of women and/or girls in in Boston’s secular or Jewish communities.

Requests for general operating and/or capacity-building support will be considered only from organizations that serve women and/or girls exclusively and have an annual budget of $1 million or less. In 2018, the fund made grants totaling $353,000, but does not support capital projects or scholarships, or make grants to individuals.

Letters of Intent due Sept. 14. Details.

Health New England Announces New Grant Opportunities

Health New England announced a new grant program, Where Health Matters, as part of its Community Benefits Program to advance the health and wellbeing of vulnerable population groups living in central and western Massachusetts that will award four $50,000 grants to nonprofits.

The grant program targets four focus areas: chronic diseases, food and/or housing insecurities, infant and maternal health, and mental health and/or substance use disorder. Grants will be awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations that manage innovative, community-based programs benefiting underserved residents of Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, or Worchester counties, with a particular focus on Greater Springfield.

Deadline to apply: Sept. 17. Details.

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