October 23, 2018
 
College Bound Dorchester Names Director of Development

Alana Hill
September 14, 2018 — College Bound Dorchester, a nonprofit that aims to equip students living in the Dorchester section of Boston with the attitude, skills, and experience to graduate from college, recently announced that Alana Hill has been named director of development.

Hill was promoted to the position, having joined College Bound Dorchester (CBD) four years ago.

“Alana has made tremendous an impact on our organization since she joined over four years ago,” said Mark Culliton, founder and chief executive officer of CBD. “Our organization is growing rapidly and I know with Alana’s drive and leadership we will be able to reach our fundraising goals, which in turn will help us reduce poverty and violence in Boston.

Most recently, Hill was the organization’s manager of corporate and foundation relations where she helped strengthen CBD's fundraising strategy and planning to secure $4.5 million.

Prior to her role at CBD, Hill was the manager of corporate and foundation relations at Generations Incorporated.

“I am so inspired by the work we do every day at College Bound Dorchester,” said Hill. “In my new role, I am committed to increasing our fundraising and awareness in the community and beyond. The students we serve are working hard to transform their lives and their communities. I want us to be able to serve as many people as possible through our Boston Uncornered initiative.”

In May 2017, College Bound Dorchester launched the Boston Uncornered initiative, to help lower prison recidivism, reduce gang violence, and diminish and ultimately end systemic generational urban poverty. It is based on the idea that the intelligence and charisma of core influencers gives them the potential to become positive role models within their communities. By earning a degree and showing their neighborhood peers there is a better way to earn an honest living, these formerly disengaged youth can who encourage their peers to go back to school and build the skills to earn a living wage. In doing so, they will help.

Over the next three years, CBD said it aims to engage more than 500 core influencers from six of Boston’s 14 “hotspots”, of violence. In Boston, 3,500 gang members (1% percent of the youth population) are responsible for 74% of all shootings in the city on only 5% of the city’s street corners.

The organization is working with researchers from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University to evaluate the program with the goal of making it a national model.

For the year ending Sept. 30, 2016, CBD reported $6.8 million in revenue, all of which came from contributions and grants, and $6.8 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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