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August 15, 2020
Run to Fight Racism; Grants Available; New Name Unveiled

July 13, 2020 — "Run Against Racism" raises $10,000 for My Brother's Keeper Alliance. Cummings Foundation seeking letters of inquiry for new $25M grant program. Social Innovation Forum invites applicants for its Social Innovator Accelerator. Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts is now the SouthCoast Community Foundation.

"Run Against Racism" Raises $10,000 for My Brother's Keeper Alliance

My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a nonprofit based in South Easton that helps boys and young men of color achieve success by providing mentoring, support networks, and skill development, last week received a $10,000 from a Massachusetts couple who raised the funds by running 24 miles in 24 hours.

Michael and Kerri Thomas said they developed their "Run Against Racism" to contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement while keeping socially distant, according to a report by WCVB.

"We all have to do our part," Michael Thomas was quoted as saying. "It's something we decided would be a good idea to do."

He noted that running overnight "was a little rough," but "We had a lot of support and a lot of people came out to run with us."

Cummings Foundation Seeking Letters of Inquiry for New $25M Grant Program

The Cummings Foundation last week announced it launched a new Cummings $25 million grant program that will support 140 nonprofits based in and primarily serving Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties, and said it is now accepting letters of inquiry.

The total to be awarded represents an increase of $5 million over the Woburn-based foundation’s most recent grant cycle.

“We started off with $10 million a year, we’re at $20 million now, and next year we’ll be at $25 million,” said Cummings Foundation co-founder Bill Cummings. “That will allow for more organizations to be recognized for all the tremendous work they’re doing.”

One hundred nonprofits will be awarded $100,000 each, mostly payable over two to five years. The other 40 grant winners, however, will receive 10-year grants, ranging mostly from $200,000 to $500,000 each.

The decade-long funding is available only to nonprofits that have previously received a $100,000 grant from the Foundation, while the $100,000 awards are open to new and prior grant winners.

“Most of the grant winners will be selected completely by volunteers, which is highly unusual,” said Joyce Vyriotes, the foundation's deputy director. “Democratizing our philanthropy in this way allows our very small staff to draw on the rich diversity and extensive expertise within greater Boston.”

Deadline to submit letter of inquiry: Sept. 4. Details.

Social Innovation Forum Invites Applicants for its Social Innovator Accelerator

The Social Innovation Forum, a Boston nonprofit that connects nonprofits with supporters to create positive social change, recently invited Massachusetts nonprofits to apply for its Social Innovator Accelerator program, that will provide each with $150,000 of in-kind support and resources over the next two years to strengthen their impact.

Six nonprofits will be selected for the program. Applicants must be small to mid-sized organizations with annual budgets between $100,000 and $2 million, working in one of six social issue areas.

Applications are due July 20. Details.

Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts is Now the SouthCoast Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, based in New Bedford, which serves 41 cities and towns in the region, on Friday announced it has changed its named to the SouthCoast Community Foundation, underscoring its position as a leader and convener of philanthropy in the SouthCoast.

Foundation President John Vasconcellos said the new name "reflects the momentum, excitement, and aspirations of this region, as well as a growing sense of regional identity."

He explained that the change, in process over the past year, "does not change our mission to mobilize philanthropy…. but it does embrace the spirit of renewal and vitality of our work."

Vasconcellos said, "The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of regional cohesion, as leaders in health care, government, business, and social services have come together to respond to this health and economic crisis."

To date, the foundation said it has raised more than $4.2 million and has awarded more than $2.6 million to nonprofits that are on the frontlines of helping the region’s most vulnerable communities through the coronavirus crisis.

South Coast is a region covering southern Bristol and Plymouth counties that borders Buzzards Bay, and includes the cities of Fall River, New Bedford, the southeastern tip of East Taunton, and nearby towns.

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