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November 23, 2020
Funds Raised; Grant Received; Anonymous Donations for Art

October 20, 2020 — Wayside Youth & Family Support Network raises $77K. Human Relations Service awarded $80K to address growing mental health needs. Cape Cod Foundation gets anonymous $6M gift, for arts, culture. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum gets anonymous $5M endowment challenge gift.

Wayside Youth & Family Support Network Raises $77K

Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, a Framingham nonprofit that provides counseling services for children families, yesterday announced it raised $77,000 through its annual 5K4Kids Run/Walk, which was held virtually over eight days this month.

The funds will support ongoing programs and benefit youth and families receiving services in 19 locations in central, eastern, and northeastern Massachusetts.

“The Virtual 5K4Kids exceeded our expectations, especially the outpouring of support from our community, sponsors, employees, families and friends,” said Eric L. Masi, president and CEO of Wayside. “Our employees are the driving force behind the success of this event; their strength and dedication throughout the pandemic has been nothing short of amazing. I couldn’t be more grateful.”

The 5K4Kids, which drew 450 registered runners this year, aimed to raise $100,000. It is Wayside’s largest, and only, annual fundraiser.

“This year is an especially critical year for Wayside as many families are struggling financially due to COVID-19. Wayside staff will use the funds to buy emergency clothing, food and technology for remote learning,” the organization said.

Founded in 1977, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network today provides outreach services, residential treatment programs, and community-based counseling services to more than 6,000 children, youth and families.

Human Relations Service Awarded $80K to Address Growing Mental Health Needs

The Community Fund for Wellesley this week announced it awarded $80,000 to Human Relations Service, a nonprofit mental health agency serving families and children in Wellesley, Weston, and Wayland.

The two-year, competitive grant will enable Human Relations Service (HRS) “to create a sophisticated response to the increasing mental health needs in our community,” said Mark Kline, its executive director.

The Community Fund for Wellesley, a town fund of the Foundation for MetroWest, noted, “Mental health could not be a more timely initiative to focus on, as we continue navigating the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. There has been increasing urgency around mental health challenges that the pandemic has brought onto members of the Wellesley community, and it is critical that organizations are able to provide the necessary resources and support to care for our neighbors.”

The grant will enable HRS to use its Intake and Referral Program to provide access to high quality mental health treatment in a number of ways, including increasing its referral list, cultivating symptom specific resources for specialists in areas such as transgender care, eating disorders, and culturally specific matters, and providing assessing outcomes of referrals.

Cape Cod Foundation Gets Anonymous $6M Gift for Arts, Culture

The Cape Cod Foundation, based in South Yarmouth, last week announced it received a bequest of nearly $6.4 million from an anonymous donor “who felt a strong connection to Cape Cod and wanted to ensure there would be resources in perpetuity to support the community.”

The foundation said the donation is the single largest bequest gift it has received to date.

“We are so honored to be the recipient of this tremendously generous gift,” said Kristin O’Malley, President and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation. “The need for our community to have a pool of flexible resources to respond to changing needs has never been more apparent than it has been over the past six months. This gift will support the community now and for years to come.”

Per the donor’s wishes, a portion of the bequest has been allocated to endowment funds to support the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Cape Cod Center for the Arts, both located in Dennis. The remaining funds will support the visual arts and other aspects of community life on Cape Cod.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Gets Anonymous $5M Endowment Challenge Gift

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston today announced it recently received a $5 million endowment challenge gift that calls for the museum to raise an equal amount by 2024.

The gift was made in connection with the museum’s current $65 million capital campaign to support its strategic plan to reach broader audiences with programs, concerts, and exhibitions that connect art across disciplines to larger societal issues and lived experiences.

Museum Director Peggy Fogelman said, “Our endowment has allowed us to remain responsive and resilient during these uncertain times so it’s important that we continue to grow it now. And, as we look to the future, we are committed to meeting every challenge and opportunity with robust programs and exhibitions, new ideas, and ways to leverage the power of art to make positive change.”

The museum said as of last April it had raised 59% of the capital campaign.

The new gift will name the director of horticulture position in memory of the late Stan Kozak, who held the position for 50 years, and endow a portion of the seasonal horticulture displays in the museum’s Courtyard.

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