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September 20, 2020
Grants for Youth, Trails, Public Spaces; BSO Layoffs

August 25, 2020 — Doc Wayne gets $381K to serve more at-risk youth… Essex County Greenbelt grants $50K to Cape Ann Trails Stewards… Boston Foundation grants $200K to Place Leadership Network… BSO lays off 50 in effort to steer through the pandemic.

Doc Wayne Gets $381K to Serve More At-Risk Youth

Doc Wayne, a Boston nonprofit that combines sports and therapy for youth who face difficulties tied to with mental health, chronic trauma, and domestic or community violence, recently announced it received a $381,000 grant to support expansion of its programs.

Doc Wayne said the grant, from The Charles Hayden Foundation, will also enable it to add staff to address an increased demand for mental health services spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.

“While the pandemic is causing significant stress and anxiety for adults, children are struggling with fear and despair due to the dramatic disruption of their lives,” said David Cohen, CEO of Doc Wayne. “This grant is going to have an enormous impact on our ability to help more children manage their stress and cope during this extremely difficult time, and help establish some normalcy in their lives.”

Doc Wayne assists more than 450 Massachusetts youth each week that face difficulties associated with mental health, chronic trauma, and domestic or community violence.

Essex County Greenbelt Grants $50K to Cape Ann Trails Stewards

Essex County Greenbelt, based in Essex, yesterday announced it granted $50,000 to Cape Ann Trails Stewards (CATS), a nonprofit also based in Essex, to further its works to creates and promote access to local trails and recreational areas.

The grant was made in memory of Ted Tarr, who was dedicated to the trails and related areas of Cape Ann.

Greenbelt President Kate Bowditch said, "We're delighted to be able to make this grant to CATS in Ted Tarr's memory. It feels like a great way to honor his legacy in this region and to help ensure the ongoing care and stewardship of Cape Ann's trails and open space network."

Greenbelt said funding for the grant, which recognizes the two organizations' shared mission to promote safe access to and use of trails and open space in the Cape Ann region, originated from a generous bequest from Tarr’s estate in 2018, Greenbelt made this grant to CATS in recognition of the shared mission of the two organizations.

Boston Foundation Grants $200K to Place Leadership Network

The Boston Foundation (TBF) today announced it granted $200,000 to eight Massachusetts nonprofits which are the inaugural cohort of the Place Leadership Network (PLN) to advance equitable, accessible and vibrant community spaces in Greater Boston.

The grants come after the eight organizations spent the last year in a learning process focused on strengthening connections to policy and philanthropic resources, sharing practices to strengthen cultural identity and the public realm at neighborhood scales, and building a mutual support network during the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID has made even more visible the economic, social, climate and health inequities that these organizations are working to address every day in diverse communities around Greater Boston,” said F. Philip Barash, a TBF fellow and convener of PLN.

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • Asian Community Development Corporation, with the Chinese Historical Society of New England: $30,000
  • Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets, with the Farmers Collaborative and Meetinghouse Hill Civic Association: $30,000
  • Central Square Business Improvement District, with the Dance Complex and Community Art Center: $25,000
  • Charles River Conservancy, with the Esplanade Association: $20,000
  • Hyde Square Task Force: $25,000
  • North Shore Community Development Coalition: $20,000
  • Roxbury Cultural District: $30,000
  • The Trustees of Reservations: $20,000

BSO Lays Off 50 in Effort to Steer Through the Pandemic

The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), which has the largest endowment of any nonprofit American orchestra, last week announced it will lay off 50 of its 180 full-time administrative staff as "part of an overall effort to sustain the organization’s fiscal viability through the immediate pandemic period and into the future."

The lay-offs will take effect Sept. 1. Thirty additional positions have been frozen or left vacant since March.

The layoffs, as well as eight full-times who will be furloughed, followed an analysis of the orchestra’s operations and the staffing needed given the reduced workload during the upcoming period of live performance hiatus.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have made some difficult decisions about reducing the organization’s workforce during this unprecedented time of concert cancellations and revenue loss associated with COVID-19,” said BSO CEO Mark Volpe.

The BSO, which has an endowment of $449.6 million, according to The Boston Globe, this year established a BSO At Home channel on its website and held virtual concerts this summer to replace its canceled 2020 Tanglewood Festival.

For the year ending Aug. 31, 2018, the BSO reported $110.6 million in revenue, of which $41.9 million came from contributions and grants, and $105.6 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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