July 15, 2019
Funds to Fight Opioids; Donors Will Give More; New Sober House

November 27, 2018 — RIZE Massachusetts grants $999K to help fight opioids epidemic... Donors expect to give more, not less, than last year, survey finds...EMH Recovery opens second sober house for women.

RIZE Massachusetts Grants $999K to Help Six Nonprofits Fight Opioids Epidemic

RIZE Massachusetts, a nonprofit based in Boston that is working to end the opioid overdose epidemic across the state, recently announced it awarded $999,215 to six Massachusetts nonprofits to support pilot programs or existing collaborations among local community organizations to enhance harm reduction services.

Sharing the grants, which were not broken out by organization, are the following: AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Fenway Health, and the Kraft Center Mobile Health Initiative were selected for their evidence-based treatments that feature an innovative approach to harm reduction with an opportunity to scale and replicate the models.

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, HRH413, and Life Connection Center were selected for providing grassroots harm reduction services to the most marginalized populations that may not seek care in a clinical setting.

Donors Expect to Give More, not Less, than Last Year, Survey Finds

A recently completed survey has good news for Massachusetts nonprofits that plan a yearend fundraising push: 49% of consumers plan to donate more money to charity in 2018 than they did in 2017, and 74% of households earning $100,000 to $150,000 per year and 85% of households earning more than $150,000 plan to give more to charities this year. Households earning under $100,000 plan to keep their contributions the same as last year.

The national survey of 1,000 individuals 18 years and older was conducted Nov. 7 – 16 by Classy, an online and mobile fundraising platform for nonprofits.

Effects of the new federal tax law on charitable giving remains unclear. Forty-two percent of survey respondents said they would definitely or probably donate less if they knew they were getting less of a tax incentive. Among the respondents, Gen X was the most tax break-motivated, with 62% saying they'd give less if they knew they'd receive less of a tax break, compared to millennials at 42%, Baby Boomers at 10%, and the Silent Generation at 6%. Also, men were more likely than women to say that a lower tax break would result in them donating less to charity (59% of men vs. 22% of women).

EMH Recovery Opens Second Sober House for Women

EMH Recovery, a Brockton nonprofit that operates recovery homes for women suffering from alcohol and other drug addiction, last week opened the Paul McDevitt House, its second sober house for women in Brockton. One hundred people attended the ceremony.

The project, which included the purchase and renovation of a building, was funded by a $550,000 capital campaign capital campaign. The home is named for Paul McDevitt, who served as EMH Recovery’s board president and inspiration until his death from cancer in September 2016.

The recently completed capital campaign was the second for EMH. Its first, conducted in 2012, raised $360,000, which also funded the purchase and renovation of a property now known as Blake House.

EMH Recovery was founded in 2005, one of the state’s first recovery homes designed specifically for women, and welcomes women from throughout the state, from detoxification units and short term rehab centers.

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