July 15, 2019
'True Inspiration' Gets $30K; CEO Departs; Funds Available

December 11, 2018 — Thrive named a 'true inspiration' and gets an unexpected $30K...CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts steps down...Bay State nonprofits invited to apply for financial literacy funding.

Thrive Named a 'True Inspiration' and Gets an Unexpected $30K

The Chick-fil-A Foundation recently named Thrive, a Marlborough nonprofit that works to empower individuals with developmental disabilities to focus on ability, as one of 10 national 2019 True Inspiration awardees, and backed up the honor with a $30,000 check.

Thrive President and CEO Michael Rodrigues said, "It was a complete surprise. Apparently Chick-fil-A independently found out about us, and their research led them to feel very strongly about the value, quality, and innovation displayed in our work supporting youth with developmental disabilities."

Thrive will use the donation to continue developing sustainable solutions to unmet needs of youth and families.

The foundation said the awardees are "working hard to make a lasting difference in the lives of children living in their local communities, and we're proud to help them extend their impact."

CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Steps Down

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, a Boston-based nonprofit serving girls throughout eastern Massachusetts, last week announced that Denise Burgess, who was named chief executive officer last March following a six-month nationwide search, has left the organization. No reason was given for her departure.

Burgess' biography on LinkedIn states that she served as CEO until July.

The organization said Jim Cronan, its chief financial officer, will serve as interim CEO while the board conducts a national search for a permanent replacement.

Board Chair Tricia Tilford said, "The board and I would like to thank Denise for her commitment to the Girl Scout mission. She brought energy and passion to her work. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors."

Massachusetts Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Financial Literacy Funding

Citizens Bank recently announced it is accepting applications from nonprofits for critical financial literacy services that help people better manage their money.

Eligible financial literacy activities include budgeting, homeownership counseling, foreclosure prevention, credit management and repair programs, and financial management for small businesses.

Deadline to apply: Dec. 31. Details.

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