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June 1, 2020
 
Valley Gives Redo; Gift to Mass Mentoring; Grants Made, Offered
May 19, 2020 — Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts revamps Valley Gives... Mass Mentoring Partnership gets $750K gift... Blue Cross grants $150K to three nonprofits for greater access to behavioral health care... Greater Lowell Community Foundation offering grants to nonprofits assisting girls, women.

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Revamps Valley Gives


The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, based in Springfield, last week announced a re-launch of its annual Valley Gives fundraiser, changing it from a one-day event to an ongoing portal for donors.

The 'one-stop-giving' online platform aims to connect donors with local nonprofits struggling to provide vital community programs and services, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis, the foundation said.

Katie Allan Zobel, foundation president and CEO, said, “Many nonprofits in the Pioneer Valley region have had to reduce programs and cancel fundraising events due to the COVID crisis. Others have been challenged to meet increased needs for services and essentials. Many donors are eager to help. We decided to re-open Valley Gives to facilitate community generosity and to give donors an easy way to learn about and donate to many nonprofits. Most importantly, Valley Gives is one more way to help reduce the devastating human cost of COVID-19.”

Visitors to Valley Gives will find a menu of more than 135 nonprofits serving residents across Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties, providing information about community challenges and the ability to donate through a centralized platform.

GiveGab donated the cost of the Valley Gives platform.

Valley Gives Day, typically held in early May, raised more than $10 million for nonprofits in the region over the course of six years. In 2018, its final year, more than 400 nonprofit organizations participated in the event.

Mass Mentoring Partnership Gets $750K Gift to Advance Mission


Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a Boston-based nonprofit that provides mentors to youth statewide, recently announced that it received a $750,000 gift from Mark and Kathleen Eldridge through the ALKU Charitable Foundation to support the organization's ongoing work.

Lily Mendez, MMP president and CEO, noted, “Mark and Kathleen have been invaluable to our organization not only as supporters but through their gifts of time and talent to our mission and vision."

Mark Eldridge is founder and CEO of the ALKU staffing firm, which annually has provided scholarships, totaling $100,000, to five MMP mentees. ALKU employees also take part in a paid time off program to volunteer with partners in the mentoring field.

BCBS Grants $150K to Three Nonprofits for Greater Access to Behavioral Health Care


The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation recently announced it awarded $50,000 to each of three Massachusetts nonprofits to support new programs that address gaps in the behavioral health care system as it faces greater pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Receiving the grants were:
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Boston, which provides services to runaway, homeless and high-risk youth, to fund training for four counselors in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and virtual or residential program-based support group therapy sessions for homeless youth.

  • United Teen Equality Center, Lowell, which nurtures youth from Lowell and Lawrence, to support “Circling Home,” a pilot program for incarcerated or probation/parole-involved young adults

  • William James College, Newton, which provides psychology education, to support the Behavioral Health Service Corps, a pilot program that will engage 20 to 25 recent college graduates interested in behavioral health careers.

Greater Lowell Community Foundation Offering Grants to Nonprofits Assisting Girls, Women


The Greater Lowell Community Foundation recently announced it is inviting nonprofit organizations to apply for grants for programs or projects that assist girls and women in transition, provide leadership opportunities, and beautify the environment.

The foundation said its Women Working Wonders Fund, which supports programs that empower women and girls to effect positive change in the community, will award four grants of $10,000 each.

Deadline to apply: June 17. Details.
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