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November 23, 2020
Nonprofit Merger; New License Plate; Free Consulting

October 27, 2020 — Southborough Community Fund merges with Southborough Education Foundation. New license plate for Greater Boston Food Bank and Boston Medical Center. Highland Street Foundation invites nonprofits to apply for free consulting.

Southborough Community Fund Merges With Southborough Education Foundation

The Foundation for MetroWest last week announced that its Southborough Community Fund will be merged with Southborough Education Foundation (SEF), a community-based organization, which historically provided funding for innovative and challenging programs to enhance educational opportunities for Southborough students.

The foundation said it expects the merger to win state approval by the end of 2020, and three members of the SEF board will join the existing eleven member SCF board.

Since the fund was established in 2014, it raised and deployed $400,000. SEF, founded in 1998, has distributed $475,000 in grants.

New License Plate for Greater Boston Food Bank and Boston Medical Center

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) and Boston Medical Center (BMC ) have teamed up with Citizens Bank to offer a new license plate that will raise funds for the two Boston-based nonprofits.

“The “Stop Hunger Now” license plate will provide essential support to BMC’s food and nutrition programs at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is causing even more families to struggle with hunger,” said Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center Health System.”

Added GBFB President Catherine D’Amato, “The launch of the ‘Stop Hunger Now’ license plate is extremely timely. Because of the economic impact of COVID-19, the need has never been greater.”

Revenue from the plate will be split evenly between the two organizations. A charity plate costs an additional $40 above the standard registration fee. Of the initial $40 fee, $28 will be retained by the charities, with the remaining $12 going to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. When the plate is renewed, the entire plate fee goes to the charities.

Highland Street Foundation Invites Nonprofits to Apply for Free Consulting

The Highland Street Foundation

recently announced that its Community Impact Consultants program, which matches independent consultant with nonprofits to strengthen, support, and strategically guide their organization to better serve constituents and the community, is seeking applications from nonprofits.

The program will provide awardees with six months of consulting support valued at $30,000.

To be eligible, organizations must be based in Massachusetts, be a 501(c)(3) organization, and have an annual operating budget between $500,000 and $4 million.

Initiatives frequently supported include fundraising and development planning, strategic plan development, communications and public relations, marketing and branding, board development and governance, and accounting and financial planning.

Deadline to apply: Nov. 13. Details.

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