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June 25, 2022
Gala Success; Leader Honored; Development Dir.; Funds Available

May 24, 2022 — Northeast Arc raises $700K at annual gala. United Way of Central Massachusetts leader honored. Cape Abilities appoints director of development. Funding available to address health inequities.

Northeast Arc Raises $700K at Annual Gala

Northeast Arc, a Danvers nonprofit that supports 15,000 people with developmental disabilities, announced it raised nearly $700,000 at its recently held annual gala. Funds raised at the event, held on a lawn at the Encore Boston Harbor, will support Northeast Arc’s ongoing mission.

Nancy Huntington Stager, president and CEO of Eastern Bank Foundation, received the Changing Lives Award in recognition of her efforts to promote equity and inclusion for people of all abilities. Northeast Arc also recognized Marylou Sudders, Massachusetts’ outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services, for her commitment to supporting people with disabilities during her tenure.

Key sponsors included Encore Boston Harbor, Eastern Bank Foundation, PLAN of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Annkissam, Century Bank, Boston Bruins Foundation, MarketStreet Lynnfield, Patriots Foundation, and The Newport Family.

United Way of Central Massachusetts Leader Honored

Tim Garvin

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF) last week announced that Tim Garvin, president and CEO of the United Way of Central Massachusetts in Worcester was named the winner of the foundation’s annual Renaissance Award, which recognizes “the exceptional talent and dedication of those who lead nonprofits in central Massachusetts” and carries a $5,000 cash prize.

“There are so many people that need to be recognized in our community for their roles over the past couple years that it was a hard process sifting through the number of worthy applications we received,” said Jim Ayres, GWCF president and CEO. “With Tim’s partnership, the results were extraordinary – more than $10 million dollars raised in five months and more than 150 organizations receiving ‘life-giving’ funding. Tim was, and continues to be, an outstanding partner for GWCF and countless others during a trying time for the city, the nonprofit community, and scores of individuals who needed help.”

Garvin, who has led the United Way since 2006, said, “Advancing the entire central Massachusetts community through philanthropy has been the biggest privilege of my life. Thank you for this award; I am so proud of the work made possible by our amazing donors and the extraordinary United Way team. It continues to be an honor to help channel the energy, generosity, and enthusiasm for Worcester into action, as we all work to support this wonderful community’s key initiatives.”

Cape Abilities Appoints Director of Development

Mairead Graf

Cape Abilities, a nonprofit organization based in Hyannis supporting individuals with disabilities across Cape Cod, last week announced it hired Mairead Graf as its director of development.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mairead to Cape Abilities as our director of development,” said James Barnes, vice president of philanthropy and engagement. “Her positive leadership will strengthen our team, while helping us to raise funds to continue providing top-class supports and services for individuals.”

Graf previously served as the first Cape Cod-based development officer for the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from Keene State College and has served on several local nonprofit boards, including the Cape Cod Young Professionals, the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce, the Tony Kent Arena, and Leadership Cape Cod.

Funding Available to Address Health Inequities

Massachusetts nonprofits working to address root causes of health inequities are being invited to apply for grants of up to $200,000 per year for up to five years.

The Massachusetts Community Health and Healthy Aging Funds, an initiative of the state Department of Public Health, said the grants “represent both a grantmaking and capacity-building resource to assist organizations and communities in addressing the root causes of health inequities, specifically institutional and structural racism.”

Criteria for evaluating proposals include demonstration that the idea is addressing a geography/population experiencing high rates of inequities, logic connecting the approach to addressing the root cause, and engagement of multi-sector partners with diverse perspectives.

Deadline to apply: June 17. Details.

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