April 25, 2019
Grants; Fellowships; Major Gift; New Name; Breaking Ground

October 23, 2018 — Nonprofits invited to apply for grants, fellowships...Gould Farm gets $500K gift for $2.6M capital campaign...Merged nonprofits announce new name...Boston Arts Academy Foundation breaks ground for new facility.

Grants Available to Support Health Care in Nashoba Valley

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts recently announced they are inviting Massachusetts nonprofits to submit proposals for grants, ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, to address a range of health care issues in the Nashoba Valley.

Priority will be given to proposals relating to prevention of health problems, access to healthcare, elder health, youth and adolescent health, mental health, and health care service provision.

Services should support residents of Ashby, Ayer, Bolton, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend, and Westford.

Deadline to apply: Nov. 27. Details.

Mass. Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Fellowships

Massachusetts nonprofits are being invited to apply for a new fellowship program that will provide free consultation related to database management, improving digital presence, and refining organizational best practices.

OrganizeTogether, a Boston company, which is making the offer, is seeking five organizations to be part of the new program. The three-month fellowships will also include a $500 credit toward subscription services.

Tony Arias, a co-founder of OrganizeTogether, said, "We're building volunteer management tools to help nonprofits and community groups more collaboratively schedule events and keep track of information."

For more, email tony@organizetogether.com.

Gould Farm Gets $500K Gift for $2.6M Capital Campaign

Gould Farm, a nonprofit in Monterey that helps adults with mental health challenges move toward recovery, health, and greater independence, recently announced it received a $500,000 gift in connection with the public phase of a $2.6 million capital campaign for its first community center.

To date, the campaign has raised $2.3 million, according to The Berkshire Eagle.

The gift from Tom and Ellen Bowler, of Palm Beach, is reportedly the largest in the 106-year history of Gould Farm.

The paper reported that Gould Farm is looking to break ground on the new facility next the spring of 2019, aiming to be completed by the summer of 2020.

"Designed as a red barn, the building will provide more than 120 guests, staff, families, and volunteers who live on the farm with an additional 5,000 square feet of flexible space for more integrated wellness, music and arts activities," the paper reported. "The larger space also opens up more opportunities for alumni, friend and Berkshire residents to attend public performances and social events"

Two Central Massachusetts Nonprofits Announce New Name

Open Sky Community Services is the new name of a central Massachusetts nonprofit that was formed last summer through the merger of The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, in Worcester, a provider of services for people with mental health challenges, developmental and intellectual disabilities, and Alternatives Unlimited, in Whitinsville, which provides services for adults with developmental or psychiatric disabilities.

“Our new brand exemplifies the passion and creativity of our employees and our dedication to do whatever it takes to support individuals and families as they strive toward growth, ultimately strengthening our communities,” Ken Bates, president and CEO of Open Sky Community Services, quoted in The Telegram.

Open Sky Community Services, headquartered in Worcester, supports more than 100 programs with a workforce of 1,300 staff. When the merger was announced, revenues were projected to grow to $82 million during the current fiscal year, which began July 1, due to projected new business. The Bridge was founded in 1973; Alternatives Unlimited was founded in 1976.

Boston Arts Academy Foundation Breaks Ground for New Facility

Boston Arts Academy Foundation (BAAF), a Boston nonprofit that raises funds for Boston Arts Academy, the city’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts, recently announced that ground was broken for a new $125 million state-of-the-art facility.

As part of the renovation, the school will expand from approximately 121,000 square feet to 153,500 square feet upon its completion in 2021. The five-story structure will feature a glass fašade, theatre marquee, and rooftop green space, and will include a new, 500-seat theatre, a black box theatre, dance studios, music practice rooms, and fashion technology studios and workspace. The facility will also include a gym and a health and wellness center for students.

BAAF raises 40% of the academy's budget, or about $5,000 per student per year, primarily from individual, foundation, and corporate sources.

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