July 18, 2019
Capital Campaign; Funds Awarded; New Staff; Grants

January 29, 2019 — WBUR launches first capital campaign... Funds donated to Father Bill's, awarded to Cape Cod nonprofits... Senior level appointments at Riverside Industries, Nellie Mae, College Bound Dorchester... Nonprofits invited to apply for grants.

WBUR Launches First Capital Campaign

WBUR, the nonprofit National Public Radio station operated by Boston University, recently announced that it has launched its first capital campaign, seeking to raise $40 million over six years.

Until now, WBUR, which has operated for 68 years, has relied on a grassroots model of support.

To date, WBUR has raised $28 million toward its goal: "to position the station to move into the future."

The campaign aims to support expanded journalism, including environmental, investigative, education, and arts and culture reporting; development of digital and content innovation, including new programming and delivery platforms; and development of CitySpace at The Lavine Broadcast Center, enabling the community to explore ideas and perspectives.
WBUR Employees Vote to Form a Union

January 29, 2019 — SAG-AFTRA, a national union, today announced that more than 80% of the 94 content-creating staff at WBUR staff signed a union recognition petition. Those who signed the petition represent all areas of the station, including those working in the news department, on the digital team, on Here and Now, Radio Boston, On Point, Only a Game, on podcasts, and in production departments.

“The staff is excited about the union and the possibilities it brings to work together with management,” WBUR digital producer Ally Jarmanning says. “We view this as a tool to make sure we have a meaningful voice in our working conditions, and hope management views this as a positive and collaborative step.”

Father Bill’s & MainSpring Gets $10K from South Shore Bank

Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS), a Brockton-based provider of services to prevent and end homelessness in southern Massachusetts, last week announced it received a $10,000 donation from South Shore Bank, which has been supporting the organization for more than 20 years.

FBMS said, "South Shore Bank’s gift comes at a time when FBMS is seeing significant increases in the number of individuals coming to its emergency overnight shelters in Quincy and Brockton. In December, the shelters provided refuge to an average of 286 people per night, an increase of about 20% over the previous year. This crisis is expected to worsen this winter as temperatures continue to drop and more storms hit."

“We are grateful to have continued support from a great local business like South Shore Bank, which has been a champion for our mission and, like us, believes that nobody should be homeless,” John Yazwinski, FBMS president and CEO, said. “This has been an especially challenging winter for our most vulnerable neighbors, and thanks to generous donors like South Shore Bank we’ve been able to keep our doors open to everyone in our community who has nowhere else to go.”

Cape Cod Foundation Grants $45K to Local Nonprofits

The Cape Cod Foundation in South Yarmouth recently announced it granted $45,000 to 11 local nonprofit organizations to support domesticated animals and wildlife.

The funds, from the foundation's Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals, were made as follows:
  • Animal Rescue League of Boston, Brewster Shelter, $5,000
  • Cape Wildlife Center, $5,000
  • Center for Coastal Studies, $5,000
  • Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, $2,500
  • Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, $5,000
  • Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals, $3,000
  • New England Society for Abandoned Animals, $2,500
  • People for Cats, $2,500
  • Sampson Fund for Veterinary Care, $7,000
  • Second Chance Animal Rescue, $2,500
  • Wild Care, $5,000

    Riverside Industries Names Director of Development and Community Relations

    Riverside Industries, a nonprofit based in Easthampton that provides services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, recently announced that Susan Lapointe has been appointed director of development and community relations. * Lapointe will oversee fundraising, development, public and& community relations, and marketing for Riverside. Fundraising will include Riverside’s annual signature fundraiser auction event, as well as annual campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, capital campaigns, cultivation, and stewardship.

    Most recently, she was owner and creative director of TurningLeaf Design, where she was involved with branding and marketing for nonprofits and businesses in the Valley. She was also director and president of the Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, chairperson for the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council, Development, and marketing chair for the Easthampton Cultural Council Cultural Chaos annual event.

    Lapointe also served as a volunteer and marketing consulting for Riverside as well as a board chair and member of Riverside’s for many years.

    Nellie Mae Education Foundation Names VP for Strategy and Programs

    The Nellie Mae Education Foundation (Nellie Mae), a Quincy-based nonprofit, education-focused grant maker aimed at preparing high school students for the future, recently announced it has named Gislaine Ngounou as vice president of strategy and programs.

    In this role, she’ll oversee Nellie Mae’s grantmaking portfolio and shepherd forward its new strategic plan, to be officially announced later this year.

    Prior to joining Nellie Mae, Ngounou was chief program officer at Phi Delta Kappa International, where she designed and led efforts to provide meaningful professional support programs to leaders in school districts and other education-serving organizations.

    Established in 1990, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, New England’s largest public charity focused solely on education, focuses its grant making on four initiatives: district-level systems change, state-level systems change, research & development, and public understanding and demand.

    College Bound Dorchester Names Interim SVP of Policy and External Affairs

    College Bound Dorchester (CBD) a nonprofit that aims to prepare students living in the Dorchester section of Boston to graduate from college, recently announced that Conan Harris has been hired as interim senior vice president of policy and external affairs.

    Prior to joining CBD, Harris worked for the City of Boston as executive director of My Brother’s Keeper Boston and as deputy director of public safety. He is the principal of Conan Harris & Associates, a consulting firm that supports businesses with capacity building and strategic planning.

    Harris will support CBD's Boston Uncornered, a program that aims to engage formerly gang involved youth on a path to and through college by providing them with social emotional support from trusted mentors who have lived their struggle.

    “Conan is an important voice to amplify the work of Boston Uncornered in Boston and beyond,” said Mark Culliton, CEO of CBD. “He will help us shift the narrative about former gang members to see their potential as positive change agents for Boston.”

    Greater Worcester Community Foundation Invites Nonprofits to Apply for Grants

    The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, based in Worcester, last week announced it is accepting applications from nonprofits for its Creative Engagement Grant Program.

    The foundation said funding from the program will "empower grantees to develop innovative ways to increase engagement with diverse communities that represent Worcester’s changing demographics, while at the same time building their capacity to more meaningfully serve the community."

    To be considered, applicants must be established nonprofit organizations focused exclusively on arts & culture that serve the City of Worcester and its contiguous communities.

    Deadline to apply: March 15. Details: Email Jonathan Cohen at jcohen@greaterworcester.org or call 508-755-0980.

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