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April 16, 2021
Grants Made, Received; $5M Bequest; Young Donors Give at Work

March 9, 2021 — Three Mass. nonprofits get $60K to improve health and racial equity. Women’s Fund of Essex County gives $25K to local nonprofits. Old Sturbridge Village gets $5M bequest, its largest ever. Christina’s House gets $15K to support expanded operations. Young donors support Massachusetts nonprofits via workplace giving.

Three Mass. Nonprofits Get $60K to Improve Health and Racial Equity

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation last week announced it granted $60,000 to each of three Massachusetts nonprofits that support and work with Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) youth working to improve health and racial equity in their communities.

“In response to the racial violence incidents across the country this past year, our foundation team created this grants initiative to learn about the strength and resilience of local organizations led by people of color that engage BIPOC youth in ways that build their confidence, skills and understanding of the world,” said Karen Voci, president of the foundation.

Receiving the grants were:

  • Asian Community Development Corporation, Boston, to strengthen efforts to enable youth to be equity-centered urban designers in Boston and Malden.
  • La Colaborativa, Chelsea, to enhance Latinx immigrant youth community organizers’ campaign to increase equity and justice in housing in Chelsea.
  • Springfield Food Policy Council, Springfield, to enhance capacity for youth leaders to identify and lead advocacy and public policy campaigns around food access, youth employment and neighborhood development in Springfield and Holyoke.

Women’s Fund of Essex County Gives $25K to Local Nonprofits

The Women’s Fund of Essex County (TWF), based in Danvers, recently announced that it granted $25,000 to help five area nonprofits address food insecurity among vulnerable populations.

“Covid-19 is estimated to have dramatically increased the number of people facing acute food insecurity,” said Elaine Quinn, president of TWF’s advisory board. “The emergency food insecurity grants will provide critical help to these organizations to cover shortfalls in food donations, operations for emergency food distributions, and to support unanticipated needs during these uncertain times.”

Receiving the funds were:

  • Cor Unum Meal Center, Lawrence
  • Neighbors in Need: Food Pantries, Lawrence, Methuen, Andover
  • New Lynn Coalition, Lynn
  • Open Hearts Ministries, Haverhill
  • The Salem Pantry, Salem

Old Sturbridge Village Gets $5M Bequest, Its Largest Ever

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV), a nonprofit museum in Sturbridge that depicts early New England life, last week announced it received the largest single gift received in its history: a $5 million unrestricted bequest from the estate of honorary trustee, Helen A. (Susie) Titus of Newport Beach, Calif., who died last year.

OSV, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary over the next 18 months, said the gift will serve as the cornerstone of a planned capital campaign.

“I am grateful to Susie Titus for her dedication and commitment to Old Sturbridge Village, and for her confidence in our board and staff to steward such a significant gift in her memory" said Jim Donahue, OSV’s president and CEO. “Susie was incredibly supportive of the museum over the past 20 years, and we are grateful that she made such a generous provision for the Village in her estate planning. Susie’s legacy and impact will live on for generations to come.”

OSV, which opened to the public in 1946, today is, with a collection of more than 40 historic buildings on 200 acres, the largest living history museum in the Northeast, welcoming 250,000 visitors annually.

Christina’s House Gets $15K to Support Expanded Operations

Christina’s House, a Springfield nonprofit that provides transitional housing for women and children, recently announced that it received a $15,000 grant from The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation to advance the organization’s work, including supporting operations at a second home it opened last year in response to growing local needs.

Christina’s House serves women and their families who will stay with Christina’s House for 18 months to two years while they establish healthy living habits, become employed, earn a GED, or job training for upward mobility in the workforce.

“Each family represents a corner of our community where services don’t reach,” said Shannon Mumblo, executive director at Christina’s House. “Largely overwhelmed by life circumstances, we find them managing on their own as Head of Household with little or no income.” Sometimes they are doubled up with families or friends, she explained, or in an abusive environment. Sometimes their only warmth and comfort is their community church. “We find them there.”

Young Donors Support Massachusetts Nonprofits via Workplace Giving

Nearly 6 in 10 (58%) of young professionals aged 18-34 gave through a workplace program in 2020, compared to only 37% of all professional donors, according to a newly completed survey from Deloitte. They also increased their workplace donation amounts in response to the COVID-19 crisis at a higher rate (35%), compared to all professionals (28%).

Gen Z (people born after 1995) and Millennial professionals (those born between 1980 and 1995) supported racial and social equity significantly more than older professionals – with 36% of those aged 18-34 donating to the cause, compared to 12% of professionals aged 55 and above. Additionally, 31% of young professionals gave specifically to COVID-19 relief efforts through workplace giving programs, compared to 19% of professionals overall. Employers have an opportunity to continue engaging these young donors as they move up in their organizations.

Among Boston area professionals, the most popular causes were hunger and homelessness, COVID-19 relief efforts, and social and racial equality.

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