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October 26, 2021
First President at New Commonwealth Fund; Grants Available

August 17, 2021 — New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund names first president. Grants available for food assistance, safety, emergency programs.

New Commonwealth Racial Equity Fund Names First President

Makeeba McCreary

The New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund, which distributes grants focused on policing and criminal justice reform; health care equity; economic empowerment; and youth education, empowerment, and civic engagement, recently named Makeeba McCreary as its first president. She will start the job Sept. 7.

Since 2019, McCreary recently served as chief of learning and community engagement at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Before that she was managing director and senior advisor of external affairs and chief of staff for the Boston Public Schools. Earlier, she was director of philanthropic services for EdVestors.

McCreary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, a Master of Education degree in adolescent risk and prevention from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Education degree in organizational leadership and educational administration from Columbia University.

The New Commonwealth fund was launched last year, by Black and brown following the murder of George Floyd. To date, NCF has raised $30 million toward its $100 million goal.

Grants Available for Food Assistance, Safety, Emergency Programs

The City of Boston last week announced that it is making $1.9 million available to nonprofits, and others, for projects that support outreach and destigmatization activities targeted toward reducing food assistance stigma and increasing utilization of safety net and emergency programs.

Basic grants capped at $50,000 and expanded grants capped at $100,000 will be awarded for food safety net destigmatization and outreach, as well as for equity in food access, initiatives.

Food safety net destigmatization and outreach grants seek to increase use, awareness and access to different programs and food resources available for Bostonians and empower community-sourced approaches to destigmatize food safety net and emergency programs. Equity in food access grants will fund innovative community-based solutions to foster a more just food system in Boston.

Deadline to apply: Sept. 10. Details.

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