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June 25, 2022
Grants to Boost Skills, Aid Animals; Two New Fundraising Leaders

May 17, 2022 — SouthCoast Community Foundation grants $97K to 12 nonprofits. Animal Rescue League of Boston gets $50K. Jacob’s Pillow names chief philanthropy officer. New Art Center appoints director of development.

SouthCoast Community Foundation Grants $97K to 12 Nonprofits

The SouthCoast Community Foundation, based in New Bedford, this week announced it granted $97,000 to 12 New Bedford nonprofits that are working to enhance the skills and education of local youth and the workforce.

Receiving the grants, from the foundation’s Polaroid Fund, were the following:

  • Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores: $10,000
  • Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts:$12,000
  • Immigrants’ Assistance Center: $12,000
  • Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts: $10,000
  • New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!: $9,000
  • New Bedford Children: $4,000
  • PACE: $8,000
  • Portuguese United for Education d/b/a Discovery Language Academy: $7,500
  • School on Wheels: $8,000
  • United Way of Greater New Bedford: $5,000
  • Women’s Fund SouthCoast: $3,500
  • YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts: $8,000

Animal Rescue League of Boston Gets $50K

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), a Boston-based nonprofit that serves as a champion for animals to keep them safe and healthy in habitats and homes, last week announced it received a two-year, $50,000 grant to support shelter programs and activities, as well as staffing, equipment, and supplies.

The grant was awarded by the Felicia Rose Grant Program, which works with Massachusetts nonprofits that work to strengthen the human-animal bond and promote ethical treatment of animals.

ARL President and CEO Edward Schettino, said, “Thousands of animals come through ARL’s three Animal Care and Adoption Centers annually, and these funds will ensure each and every animal will receive the services they need and the homes they deserve.”

Founded in 1899, ARL last year served 24,000 animals in locations at Boston, Brewster, and Dedham.

Jacob’s Pillow Names Chief Philanthropy Officer

Lila Kanner

Jacob’s Pillow, a Becket cultural nonprofit which hosts America's longest-running international dance festival, today announced it named Lila Kanner as its chief philanthropy officer.

The organization said Kanner “will be key in strengthening the organization’s major giving and essential in the creation of a new development and stewardship plan for the future.”

Kanner has more than 20 years of experience in the arts and a decade in fundraising leadership. Most recently, she served as acting director of development at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London where she managed a development team to deliver campaigns, major gifts, membership, operations, alumni relations, and events, and led the fundraising team to complete a capital campaign of more than $70 million. Earlier, she served as director of major gifts and strategic initiatives at the Harvard Art Museums.

Kanner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and French from Wellesley College and a Master of Arts degree in modern art history and curatorial studies from Columbia University.

New Art Center Appoints Director of Development

Rachel Canar

The New Art Center, a Newton nonprofit that supports and promotes art, announced that it recently appointed Rachel Canar as director of development.

“Having a development professional of Rachel’s caliber join our team is a testament to the New Art Center’s growth over the last 45 years,” said Executive Director Emily O’Neil.

Canar has nearly three decades of professional nonprofit experience with a focus on fundraising. In 2011, she became an independent consultant for nonprofits. Her company, NGO Catalyst, provided strategic planning and resource development for all types of nonprofit organizations globally and training for hundreds of nonprofit professionals through her own school and at several universities. She holds a degree in language studies from the University of California, and a Master of Arts degree in nonprofit leadership from Brandeis University.

Established as a community arts center in 1977, the center today serves people from 160 different zip codes in Massachusetts and beyond.

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