July 15, 2019
Consulting Aid; Census 2020; Grants Awarded; Philanthropic Director

November 13, 2018 — Free consulting support available for Massachusetts nonprofits... Nonprofits sought to assure a fair Census count...Ocean Spray Cranberries awards grants to 17 Massachusetts nonprofits... Community Foundation of Western Mass. names director of philanthropic engagement.

Free Consulting Support Available for Massachusetts Nonprofits

The Highland Street Foundation (HSF), in Newton, is inviting Massachusetts nonprofits to apply for free consulting aimed at positioning them for growth and sustainability.

HSF pairs consultants, through its Community Impact Consulting program, with nonprofits for six months to address issues such as fundraising/ development planning, strategic plan development, stakeholder engagement, strategic communications/public relations, marketing/branding, board development and governance, and accounting and financial planning.

To be eligible, organizations must be based in Massachusetts, be a 501(c)(3), and have an operating budget between $500,000 and $4 million.

Deadline to apply: Dec. 3. Details.

Massachusetts Census Equity Fund to Enlist Nonprofits to Assure a Fair Count

The Massachusetts Census Equity Fund recently launched a three-year-plan to educate and engage Massachusetts nonprofits to help ensure an equitable Census count.

Among other actions, the fund will seek to educate stakeholders, community leaders, elected officials, the media, and the general public on the importance and impact of the 2020 Census on Massachusetts, and increase the response rate in hard-to-count communities to achieve a fair count.

A grantmaking process will begin in January with the development and distribution of a request for proposals for Census outreach funding. Grants will be awarded in the winter followed by training for grantees on how to plan for and promote the Census, reach hard to count communities, and increase capacity for nonprofits across the state to engage in the 2020 Census.

For more information, contact Alexie Torres, fund chair, at 617-494-0715, x201, or email to atorres-_eming@accessstrategies.org.

Ocean Spray Cranberries Awards Grants to 17 Massachusetts Nonprofits

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., yesterday announced it has granted funds to 17 Massachusetts nonprofits in support of projects "that positively impact the communities" where it operates.

"The Ocean Spray Community Fund is directly tied to our purpose: connecting our farms to families for a better life," said Kellyanne Dignan, director of global corporate affairs for Ocean Spray. "Each of these grants is an investment in organizations and people in our communities who join us in living this purpose and improving the places that we call home."

Grants up to $5,000 were awarded to the following:
  • Adam Bullen Memorial Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Club of Fall River
  • Bristol Aggie Educational Foundation
  • Cape & Islands Emergency Medical Services
  • The Charity Guild
  • The Children's Room
  • Community Harvest Project
  • The Cranberry Educational Foundation
  • Hope for Children International
  • Mullein Hill Christian Academy
  • Neediest Family Fund
  • Our Daily Bread Soup Food And Resource Center
  • Pan Massachusetts Challenge
  • Plymouth South Elementary PTA
  • Teen Challenge New England
  • To the Moon and Back
  • YMCA, Southcoast

Community Foundation of Western Mass. Names Dir. of Philanthropic Engagement

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts in Springfield recently announced the appointment of Kelvin Molina-Brantley to the newly created position of director of philanthropic engagement, in which he will be responsible for developing new programming to inform and connect local donors and build their philanthropic skills.

Molina most recently served as environmental health manager for the Public Health Institute, leading the Springfield Healthy Homes Collaborative. He was the program director for the City of Springfield's Office of Housing and Community Development where he developed successful community initiatives. Earlier, he served as community engagement manager with HAPHousing (now Wayfinders), and as community development planner and transportation planner with Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

The foundation also announced that Jim Ayres is its new vice president for programs and strategy, responsible for programs that award $4 million annually to local nonprofits and students.

Most recently, Ayers until last June served as CEO of United Way of Pioneer Valley for a year after serving in a similar role at the United Way of Hampshire County for six years. Prior to his work with United Way, Ayres served for over a decade as Executive Director of the Northampton-based Center for New Americans. Ayres board chair of the Massachusetts NonProfit Network and serves on the board of the Institute for Training and Development.

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