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July 9, 2020
Census Funding; Self-Funded Relief; New CEO; .ORG Awards

June 30, 2020 — Seven Massachusetts nonprofits get funding for census outreach. Cambridge Center for Adult Education enduring by its own COVID-19 relief fund. Behavioral Health Network names president and CEO. Nominations sought for .ORG awards.

Seven Massachusetts Nonprofits Get Funding for Census Outreach

The Massachusetts Census Equity Fund (MCEF) last week announced it awarded Rapid Response Grants, valued at $5,000 each, to seven Massachusetts nonprofits to support 2020 Census outreach and education in some of the hardest to count communities in Massachusetts, which also are among those that hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are living through an unprecedented time. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic at the starting moment of the 2020 census we know now more than ever that a full and accurate census count is facing serious challenges,” said Alexie Torres, chair of MCEF. “MCEF has joined with our national funding partners in seeing a need for additional resources to our hardest to count communities.”

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Brockton Interfaith Community, Brockton
  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Boston
  • La Comunidad, Everett
  • Neighbors United for a Better East Boston, East Boston
  • New England United for Justice, Boston
  • Martha’s Vineyard Commission, Oak Bluffs
  • Valley Opportunity Council, Holyoke

Historically, certain populations are “hard-to-count” in the census. According to MCEF, these include urban and rural areas with large low-income populations, people of color, immigrants, non-English speakers, migrant workers, ex-offenders, young children, the elderly, those who are disabled, renters, the homeless, and those living in mobile homes or multi-unit residences.

Cambridge Center for Adult Education Enduring by Its Own COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE), a nonprofit based in Cambridge that provides low-cost learning opportunities for adults living in Cambridge and surrounding areas, recently announced it has raised $316,698 toward the minimum $350,000 it is looking to raise for its own COVID-19 Relief Fund

For the first time in its 150-year history, CCAE it moved many classes online after being forced to shut down in mid-March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the state.

While CCAE is earning revenue from online classes, it reported losing "a significant portion of the revenue from tuition that it relies on in order to operate."

CCAE annually engages 11,000 students with approximately 300 instructors.

Behavioral Health Network Names Steve Winn as President and CEO

Steve Winn

Behavioral Health Network (BHN), a Springfield nonprofit that provides Behavioral Health Network to families in western Massachusetts, yesterday announced that Steve Winn will take over as president and CEO on July 1, following the retirement of Katherine Wilson, who served in the role since 1992.

BHN board chair George Marion said "there is no better person than Steve Winn to assume the role of BHN’s CEO.”

Winn joined BHN in 1995 as vice president and director of the Child Guidance Clinic. He was later promoted to senior vice president and since 2017 has served BHN as chief operating officer.

Winn earned a master’s degree in developmental psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology, both from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Winn completed his fellowship at Yale University’s Child Study Center. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Nominations Sought For .ORG Awards

Massachusetts nonprofits are invited to apply for the 2020 .ORG Impact Awards, which will "honor organizations and individuals making the world a better place."

The 2020 awards include 10 categories with winners receiving donation amounts of up to $30,000 to an eligible charitable entity of their choice and will be featured in the Ten Days of .ORG, an online experience beginning on Nov. 30 that celebrates the range of achievements that have healed, inspired, transformed and connected communities over the past year.

Award categories include:

  • Combatting Coronavirus
  • Fighting Hunger and Poverty
  • Championing Equality, Equity, Inclusion
  • Promoting Education
  • Advancing Environmental Sustainability
  • Promoting A Safer Internet
  • Innovation Award
  • Outstanding Volunteer
  • .ORG Newcomer of The Year
  • .ORG of The Year

Deadline to apply: Sept. 4. Details.

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