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October 26, 2021
 
Nonprofits Get Funds to Spur Vaccines, Financial Know-how

August 27, 2021 — Two Boston area nonprofits recently were awarded $197,000 from the CDC Foundation to support increased acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccines, while a Newton-based nonprofit received a $75,000 donation from the investing app Robinhood in honor of National Financial Awareness Day.

Two Nonprofits Awarded $197K to Increase Acceptance of COVID-19 Vaccines

The CDC Foundation recently announced that it awarded $197,000 to two Boston area nonprofits to increase acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccines and advance health equity in all aspects of the COVID-19 response.

The organizations were among 150 across the country that shared in $30 million awarded by the foundation “to promote COVID-19 vaccination and reduce the disease’s burden.”

The grantees were:

  • Roxbury-based BMA Tenpoint, formerly the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, an alliance of 100 churches, faith and, community-based organizations that serves over 10,000 low-income children, youth and families a year in Boston neighborhoods, which received $100,000.

  • La Colaborativa in Chelsea, formerly called the Chelsea Collaborative, which serves and supports Latinx communities in East Boston, Everett, Malden, and Revere, which received $97,185.

“As we continue to encourage all who are eligible to be vaccinated, the role of community-based organizations to help end the pandemic has never been more crucial,” said Judy Monroe, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “That is why the federal government, the philanthropic community, the private sector, and our public health system are working together to provide support for the ongoing efforts of community-based organizations to promote vaccination in their communities.”

The foundation said the funding will support community organizations engage with local partners, including their state and local health departments, to address vaccine-related concerns, develop innovative and culturally appropriate communications strategies, and promote timely vaccination both for the COVID-19 vaccine and the seasonal influenza vaccine.

The grants were awarded through competitive processes and are funded by the CDC Foundation as well as funding provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Google.org, Prologis Inc. and others.

FitMoney Gets $75K to Enhance Its Curriculum

Newton-based charity FitMoney, which works to 'financially fit' communities providing financial literacy education to students from lower school through high school, recently received a $75,000 donation from the investing app Robinhood in honor of National Financial Awareness Day on Aug. 14, according to a report in Patch.com.

“The money from Robinhood will go directly toward enhancing FitMoney's curriculum, which is free for all students and provides over 75 lessons across all grades, as well as teacher professional development,” the report noted.

According to FitMoney, 95% of parents believe financial knowledge is a critical life skill, but only 33% feel that their students are being educated on this topic.

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