December 13, 2019
Executive Changes; Program Expansion; Funds for Nonprofits

September 17, 2019 — Amherst BID names Gabrielle Gould as ED... Greater Lynn Senior Services CEO on leave following protest... Entrepreneurship for All expands to Pittsfield, Boston... Cummings Foundation combines two programs into one offering $20M... Nonprofit Security Grant Program gets an additional $1M.

Amherst BID Names Gabrielle Gould as Executive Director

The Amherst Business Improvement District (Amherst BID), a nonprofit economic development organization in Amherst, recently named Gabrielle Gould as its executive director.

Gould succeeds Sarah la Cour, who stepped down in May after serving six years as executive director of Amherst BID, the Daily Hampshire Gazette reported.

Barry Roberts, president of the Amherst BID board of directors, described Gould as "a person with enthusiasm and a can-do spirit," the paper reported, adding, “It’s this energy that will help us build on our previous successes and sell our great downtown."

Before moving to Amherst in January, Gould held a number of senior level positions at Nantucket organizations, including serving as executive director of Nantucket Music and the Theater Workshop of Nantucket. She also served as vice president of Nantucket Bank and founded a business, Atlas Nantucket.

Greater Lynn Senior Services CEO on Leave Following Protest

Paul Crowley, CEO of Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS), a Lynn nonprofit that provides a range of social services, has taken a three-month leave of absence, according to the Lynn Item, one month after three dozen seniors protested at the nonprofit in connection with a conflict between Crowley and the former director of the Lynn Council on Aging (LCOA).

Chief Financial Officer Ken Haltkin and Planning and Development Director Valerie Parker Callahan will lead the management team in Crowley’s absence, the paper reported.

The protested in support of Stacey Minchello, the former LCOA director, came after her resignation following a complaint she filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination alleging Crowley harassed one of the seniors, the Item reported.

Joseph Sano, a GLSS board member, was quoted saying Crowley's leave is unrelated to the recent protest.

Earlier this month, Lynn Mayor Thomas M. McGee said the city will take over management of the Lynn Senior Center, for which GLSS was contracted to staff.

Established in 1976 in cooperation with the LCOA, GLSS today has an annual budget of $67 million, employs nearly 700 people, and operates a fleet of 300 vehicles that provide transportation services throughout the North Shore.

Entrepreneurship for All Expands to Pittsfield, Boston

Entrepreneurship for All, a nonprofit based in Lowell which supports entrepreneurship through mentorship and other activities, recently announced that it has expanded to Pittsfield and Boston.

Known as EforAll, the nonprofit offers a free program offering business training, mentors, grants, and a support network.

EforAll Berkshire County will be administered by an executive director and program manager, with support from Lowell. Local community members will serve as experts, judges, mentors, and leadership and advisory board members.

The program received $1 million to support its operating budget for three years. Supports include the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the City of Pittsfield and Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC), Greylock Federal Credit Union, Mill Town Capital, 1Berkshire, the Feigenbaum Foundation, Berkshire Bank Foundation, Callahan Dee Family Foundation and the Shah Family Foundation, Common Capital, and MassDevelopment.

The Boston launch, in the city's Roxbury neighborhood, is backed by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation and the Venture Cafe Foundation, according to a report in the Boston Business Journal.

EforAll was founded in 2010 as the Merrimack Valley Sandbox, and now offers programs on Cape Cod as well as Fall River, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lynn, New Bedford, in addition to the two newly announced locations.

Cummings Foundation Combines Two Programs into One Offering $20M

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation recently announced that it has merged two established initiatives, $100K for 100 and Sustaining Grants, into what it is calling the Cummings $20 Million Grant Program.

Yesterday, it said received a record 738 letters of inquiry for the expanded 2020 grant cycle, 35% more than last year. The foundation said the increase in applications was due to changes in the eligibility requirements. In prior years, to be considered charities had to provide at least 80% of their overall services in Middlesex, Essex, or Suffolk County. That percentage has been lowered to 50%.

“We expanded this parameter to make room for organizations that are doing important work in our priority communities while also having an impact throughout the state, or in the case of some Merrimack Valley nonprofits, in southern New Hampshire,” said Joyce Vyriotes, deputy director of the foundation.

One hundred grant winners will be awarded $100,000 each, mostly payable over three to five years, and 25 grant winners will receive $200,000 to $500,000 each, to be disbursed over 10 years. Grantees will be announced in the spring.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program Gets an Additional $1M

Included in the current Massachusetts state budget, is an additional $1 million for the state's nascent Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), bringing the total to $1.5 million, which was established under the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help vulnerable nonprofit organizations invest in security to protect themselves against attack.

The program is available to nonprofits that can show they are at high-risk of a terrorist attack. Proposals that will be considered relate to equipment, planning, training/exercises, nonprofit management and administration, indirect (facilities and administration) costs, construction and renovation, and maintenance and sustainment.

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