News and Information about the nonprofit sector in Massachusetts. Check back frequently to keep informed.
September 23, 2020
Whale of a Grant; Online Hub, Marcom Director; Funds Offered

July 27, 2020 — Whale and Dolphin Conservation gets $450K for education initiative. New online connection hub available to nonprofits. Northeast Arc names director of marketing and communications. Nonprofits invited to apply for health-related grants.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Gets $450K for Education Initiative

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), an international nonprofit with U.S. headquarters in Plymouth that works to protect and preserve whale and dolphin populations and their habitats through educating the public, recently received a $450,000 grant to help save endangered Atlantic right whales and humpback whales.

The grant, from the Sheehan Families Companies, will fund a three-year education effort, as reported by Wicked Local Plymouth.

WDC North Atlantic Executive Director Regina Asmutis-Silvia, was reported saying, “Whales play a key role in the health of our ocean and our planet. Thanks to the Sheehan Family Companies, we now have a way to educate a broad audience about the role whales play in all of our lives."

Founded in 1987, WDC’s programming includes educating the public, advising governments and other non-governmental organizations, field research, and conservation projects. Science, advocacy and outreach are the tools WDC uses to protect whales and dolphins.

New Online Connection Hub Available to Nonprofits

Reevx Labs, a community hub, recently announced that its online platform that aims to allow nonprofits, emerging entrepreneurs, and artists make new connections, explore collaboration opportunities and access resources.

Marking the launch, Reevx Labs also announced an inaugural partnership with the Boston Public Library’s Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center, which will provide access to the library’s expert staff and business resources.

“We are thrilled to launch at a time when social distancing is necessary and many individuals, small businesses and organizations find it particularly difficult to make connections or find support. Berkshire is the first bank to launch an online community platform, such as Reevx Labs, and we believe that our mission is more relevant and desired than ever," said Malia Lazu, executive vice president and chief culture and experience officer at Berkshire Bank, which supports Reevx Labs.

The Boston Public Library will provide weekly content on and offer additional educational services. A business librarian will be available on a regular basis by videochat to answer questions about nonprofit and business resources at the library, including information about grants.

Northeast Arc Names Director of Marketing and Communications

Noah Leavitt

Northeast Arc, a nonprofit based in Danvers that serves children and adults living with disabilities in 190 Massachusetts cities and towns, recently announced that it has named Noah Leavitt as director of marketing and communications.

Before joining the organization, Leavitt was a senior communications specialist at Abiomed and previously served as director of content strategy at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Earlier, he was assistant director of communication at Curry College.

Leavitt earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism, Spanish, and history from Syracuse University.

Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Health-Related Grants

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation recently invited nonprofits to apply for grants that support innovative pilots and demonstration projects in Massachusetts associated with COVID-19 that expand access to health care for low-income consumers; advance knowledge and information about health care delivery; or promote efforts that validate the impact of human services on health status.

One-year grants up to $25,000 will be awarded.

Eligible applicants include Massachusetts-based organizations that primarily serve low-income and vulnerable people, particularly individuals receiving MassHealth or other subsidized health insurance, and have a track record of robust programming and services for these residents. Applicants must also be community-based and serve communities of color and/or rural communities that have been identified as having high rates of uninsurance.

Deadline to apply: Aug. 21. Details.

SUBSCRIBE FREE – Keep current with the Wednesday Report emailed to you free each week. Click here.
Got news, advice, resources? Send it to