July 18, 2019
Donations Received; Leadership Changes; Nonprofit Training

January 20, 2019 — Youth Villages Massachusetts receives $108K...New England Aquarium gets remote-controlled sub... CEO resigns from Jewish Family & Children’s Service...Kennedy-Donovan Center names chief development officer...Foundation for MetroWest offering free training.

Youth Villages Massachusetts Receives $108K to Help Young Adults Overcome Childhood Trauma

Youth Villages Massachusetts, nonprofit based in Woburn that provides services to young women who have aged out of foster care, recently announced it received a $108,000 donation from Steven Tyler through his philanthropic initiative Janie's Fund.

The donation, made by Tyler made during a surprise appearance at Youth Villages Massachusetts’ annual Youth Women of Excellence Breakfast last fall, matched every dollar raised at the event. The funds will support the YVLifeSet program in Massachusetts.

YVLifeSet is a comprehensive, evidence-informed program that helps young people age 17 to 22 overcome challenges and childhood trauma to become successful, independent adults through experiential learning and intensive support.

Tyler said, "YVLifeSet is making an amazing impact on the lives of so many young people, and I'm thrilled to be part of helping this program expand across the country."

Youth Villages is a national, nonprofit leader in children's mental and behavioral health. The organization serves tens of thousands of children, families and young people in 16 states each year.

New England Aquarium Gets Remote-Controlled Sub

The New England Aquarium in Boston recently announced that Autodesk donated a remote-controlled underwater vehicle (ROV), valued at $55,000, to support scientific research, educational work, and maintenance efforts.

“This is a remarkably generous gift that will help us in all kinds of ways to conduct research more effectively, going beyond what we and our collaborators are currently able to see and do underwater across a range of projects,” said. John Mandelman, vice president and chief scientist of the aquarium' Anderson Cabot Center.

“The ROV will significantly impact research and education by enabling researchers to explore marine life at greater depth without disturbing the ecosystem,” said Joe Speicher, director, Autodesk Foundation. “We are excited to see how it’s used and what information it uncovers.”

CEO Resigns from Jewish Family & Children’s Service

Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS), a Waltham-based social services agency, recently announced that Rimma Zelfand will resign as chief executive officer next month.

Carl Zack has been appointed interim CEO and will be leading the agency as it conducts a search for a permanent chief executive officer.

Jamie Grossman, board president of JF&CS, noted in an email, "While inspiring efforts to deepen JF&CS's impact through greater program integration and focus, Rimma has also championed collaboration with dozens of partner agencies across eastern Massachusetts, extending our reach, and expanding our capacity to meet the needs of those we serve."

Zelfand joined JF&CS in 2008 as senior vice president for programs. She was named CEO in 2011.

Most recently, Zack served as chief operating officer at 2Life Communities (formerly Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly). He has also served as president of the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Merrimack Valley Hospital, and Somerville Hospital. From 2002-2006, he served as COO at JF&CS.

Kennedy-Donovan Center Names Chief Development Officer

The Kennedy-Donovan Center (KDC), a Foxboro-based nonprofit that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities in eastern Massachusetts, recently named Simon Welsby as its chief development officer.

“These are exciting times for KDC, as the organization turns 50 this year and there are new initiatives on the horizon,” said N. Paul TonThat, interim president and CEO of KDC. “In Simon’s role, he will focus on developing philanthropic support that is evidently important in our mission in caring for individuals with developmental disabilities. We congratulate Simon and look forward to building a bright future with him on board.”

Welsby, who has nearly 25 years of development experience, most recently was vice president of advancement at Emmanuel College. He also worked at Boston College and New England Conservatory. A native of England, he started his career in development for human services organizations in the UK, including the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Help the Aged.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economic and social history from the University of Hull in England.

Foundation for MetroWest Offering Free Training for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders

The Foundation for MetroWest in Natick recently invited nonprofits staff to apply to attend its Emerging Leaders Academy, a free seven-session series that provides a substantial yet accessible introduction to nonprofit leadership development.

Participants will attend seven, 2.5-hour sessions, all of which will be held at the foundation's office in Natick from 9:00 to 11:30 AM. Sessions will be held every other Wednesday, beginning March 13.

The training aims to provide participants with increased insight regarding one’s leadership style, strengths, and areas for growth; clear developmental goals; increased effectiveness with professional relationship-building; increased understanding of how to be effective in complex organizational systems; and an enhanced professional network.

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