January 24, 2019
 
Strategic Focus Grants; Toys for Joy; Network Vibrancy; Collaboration

January 8, 2019 — Cape Cod Foundation awards strategic focus grants...Salvation Army Toy for Joy campaign reaches 2,000 in western Massachusetts... Philanthropy Massachusetts names network vibrancy director...GBMP & LEI announce new collaborative relationship

Cape Cod Foundation Awards Strategic Focus Grants

The Cape Cod Foundation in South Yarmouth today announced it has awarded $62,000 to seven Cape Cod nonprofits to enable them to hire key personnel and consultants, purchase and upgrade technology, and strengthen existing programs.

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Dennis: $10,000 to support the design and implementation of a Cape-wide monitoring program for cyanobacteria in freshwater ponds.

  • Calmer Choice, Yarmouth: $7,500 to support development of Calmer Choice curriculum for copyright and evidence-based designation.

  • Cape Abilities, Community Connections, Latham Centers, Dennis, South Yarmouth, Brewster: $12,500 to support collaboration between the three agencies to hire a consultant in procurement and strategic corporation relations.

  • Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Mashpee: $7,500 to support personnel and equipment for expansion in Centerville.

  • Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Yarmouth: $9,700 to support the purchase of new software that will maximize efficiency, conserve resources, and increase the center’s capacity to serve the community.

  • Housing Assistance Corporation, Hyannis: $10,000 to support hiring of a process improvement trainer who will provide in-depth training and one-on-one coaching to managers.

  • WE CAN, Harwich Port: $5,000 to support information technology improvement.

Salvation Army Reaches 2,000 in Western Massachusetts, But Comes Up Short

The Salvation Army of Springfield, which annually provides toys and books for children during the December holiday season, raised $126,000 during its recent Toy for Joy campaign, $24,000 short of its goal.

Although this year's campaign enabled the Salvation Army to reach 2,000 families in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties, it marked the third consecutive year of shortfalls, according to a report by Masslive.com.

Toy for Joy is a collaborative effort by the Salvation Army, The Republican, and MassLive.

“New community partners have voiced an interest in assisting Toy for Joy in 2019, and I am sure the Salvation Army will find new ways of reaching out to potential donors in the new year as well,” Cynthia G. Simison, assistant to the publisher and managing editor of The Republican, was quoted.

Philanthropy Massachusetts Names Network Vibrancy Director

Philanthropy Massachusetts, a Boston nonprofit formerly known as Associated Grant Makers, which serves as a bridge between funders and fund applicants, today announced it has named Jessica Berns to the newly created position of network vibrancy director.

In the role. Berns will work to connect philanthropy with nonprofit organizations, government, and the business community and lead efforts to cultivate, convene, and support funder groups, including foundations, donors, and other giving networks, in Massachusetts.

Since 2011, Berns has worked as an independent consultant focused on social justice and action, and worked with non-governmental organizations, university-based programs, and increasingly, philanthropy, focused on global peace and security initiatives, citizen movements for good governance, and women’s leadership.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Latin American literature from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts degree from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

GBMP & LEI Announce New Collaborative Relationship

The Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership (GPMP), a nonprofit that provides lean & six sigma consulting and training, yesterday announced it has moved from Newton to share office, meeting, and training space with the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) in Boston, which researches, teaches, and organizes conferences on lean thinking and practice.

LEI moved its office to Boston in October to enhance its ability to develop new products and services in the center of Boston’s most active innovation and entrepreneurial community, the Seaport District.

GBMP President Bruce Hamilton said, “Co-location will allow GBMP and LEI to better serve the needs of our respective Lean communities.

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