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July 11, 2020
Boston Area Foundations Grant $1.37M to 34 Nonprofits

June 29, 2020 — The Yawkey Foundation, Tufts Plan Foundation, and The Boston Foundation recently granted $1,370,132 to 34 Massachusetts nonprofits that are continuing to provide vital services in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has roiled much of the state's nonprofit sector.

Father Bill’s & MainSpring Gets $150K Donation for COVID-19 Aid

Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS), a Brockton-based provider of services to prevent and end homelessness in southern Massachusetts, recently announced it received a $150,000 donation from the Yawkey Foundation in Dedham to provide emergency shelter and hot meals to more than 200 adults per night during the COVID-19 crisis.

FBMS said the funds from the foundation, a longtime supporter, will also help it to continue offering emergency shelter to more than 130 families per night and continue operating more than 550 permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless individuals, families, and veterans on the South Shore and across Southern Massachusetts.

“We are grateful to the Yawkey Foundation for helping provide hope to our most vulnerable neighbors during these incredibly challenging times,” said FBMS President & CEO John Yazwinski. “The Yawkey Foundation is stepping up when we need them most, and this generous grant will help us continue saving lives in the months and years ahead.”

The donation grant will support FBMS’ Campaign for Hope, which was launched as an alternative to its FoodFest fundraising event, canceled this year due to COVID-19.

FBMS estimates that it must raise $125,000 per month in private funding to keep up with new costs related to COVID-19.

“Yawkey Foundation has been honored to support Father Bill’s & Mainspring for almost two decades, and it’s difficult to recall a time or circumstance during which their shelter, housing, and hunger relief programs have been more critical,” said Maureen H. Bleday, Yawkey Foundation CEO. “We know that this grant is an investment in the recovery, rebuilding and renewal for the individuals and families they serve with such care and compassion throughout the Greater Brockton community.”

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Grants $970K to 7 Nonprofits

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation in Watertown today announced it granted $970,000 to seven Massachusetts nonprofits to support recovery and rebuilding efforts addressing the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Even as we grapple with the effects of the virus, we must consider future implications,” said Tom Croswell, president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan. “This crisis draws attention to deeply rooted systemic health disparities. This additional funding will support nonprofit organizations in their work to address the health and wellbeing of people in communities across the region.”

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • Ethos, Jamaica Plain: $80,000
  • FSG, Boston: $100,000
  • Harvard University Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Cambridge: $110,000
  • Healthy Waltham, Waltham: $100,000
  • The Open Door, Gloucester: $85,000
  • Pioneer Valley Regional Ventures Center, Springfield: $195,000
  • University of Massachusetts Foundation, Lowell: $300,000

Boston Foundation Grants $250K to 26 Nonprofits for Summer Programs

The Boston Foundation (TBF) in Boston last week announced it granted $250,132 to 26 Greater Boston nonprofit to provide summer programs for Boston students, as well as jobs and opportunities to young people who are traditionally excluded from many summer youth programs, especially those that have been curtailed or canceled because of COVID-19.

“Summer opportunities can be difficult to come by for thousands of Greater Boston residents in normal times, and as the region reels from the impact of COVID-19, things are far from normal,” said Paul Grogan, TBF president and CEO. “We hope these grants can give nonprofits the flexibility to maintain or expand their services and provide opportunities for young people to gain valuable experience in a challenging time for nonprofits, families, and young people."

Receiving the funds were the following:

  • African Community Economic Development of New England: $10,000
  • Bikes Not Bombs: $10,000
  • Boston Centers for Youth & Families: $11,000
  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center: $10,000
  • Cape Verdean Community UNIDO : $10,000
  • Caribbean Youth Club: $12,000
  • Center for Teen Empowerment: $10,000
  • Center to Support Immigrant Organizing (CSIO): $10,000
  • Hyde Square Task Force: $10,000
  • Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts: $8,000
  • Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC): $8,000
  • Mothers for Justice & Equality: $10,000
  • My Life My Choice: $10,000
  • Phillips Brooks House Association: $12,000
  • Project Right: $10,132
  • Sisters Unchained: $8,000
  • Sociedad Latina: $10,000
  • St. Stephen’s Youth Programs: $12,000
  • Student Immigrant Movement: $8,000
  • Transformative Culture Project: $10,000
  • Triangle, Inc.: $5,000
  • UMass Boston Immigrant Student Program Summer Leadership Institute : $8,000
  • Urban Guild: $10,000
  • West End House Boys & Girls Club: $10,000
  • YMCA of Greater Boston/East Boston Branch: $8,000
  • Youth On Board: $10,000
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