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April 16, 2021
 
Childhood Funders Collaborative Names Brian Gold as Director
Brian Gold
Brian Gold

December 12, 2020 — The Massachusetts Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, a recently formed partnership of public and private foundation and individual funders working to strengthen early childhood funders and drive policy, on Thursday announced it has named Brian Gold as its first director.

The Massachusetts Early Childhood Funders Collaborative (MA ECFC), formed last year, an effort among leading Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, corporations, foundations, and individuals working to ensure that all young children in Massachusetts have the opportunities and supports they need to thrive.

MA ECFC said Gold will lead efforts to drive growth in early childhood philanthropy in Massachusetts, identify gaps and strategic opportunities for coordinated investment, leverage the collaborative's collective voice to influence policy, and catalyze cross-sector collaboration and alignment to advance a unified early childhood strategy in Massachusetts.

Turahn Dorsey, co-chair of MA ECFC, said, Gold’s “will be paramount to the success of this collaborative as his knowledge of practice and policy issues are equally deep and he understands the early childhood system from grassroots to grasstops. This kind of experience and perspective will help the philanthropic sector better direct its resources toward transformative efforts and appropriately ally itself with practitioners and policymakers."

"When I entered the early childhood field, after an early career in technology and project management, I found my north star, helping children thrive, surrounded by a loving supportive community including families and educators," Gold said. "I look forward to working with funders, families, and those most connected to early childcare, to develop a new, powerful shared voice that will ensure the Commonwealth's youngest children have the opportunities and supports they need to thrive."

Gold earlier served as early childhood program officer at the Boston Foundation and school readiness manager for the Boston Public Schools Department of Early Childhood Education.

Gold earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Delaware and a Master of Arts degree in cognitive psychology from Brandeis University.

Karley Ausiello, co-chair of the MA ECFC, said “the childcare sector in Massachusetts lost an estimated $250 million each month during statewide closure and last year, nearly 46,000 children across the state in need of childcare were not enrolled in licensed programs. Brian's innovative thinking and collaborative leadership are the perfect match to steer the efforts of the MA ECFC as we focus on closing the opportunity gaps in our state."

MA ECFC is guided by a 17-member advisory committee whose purpose is to highlight the needs of families and educators and connect to community networks across the state.

Lead members of the collaborative are:

  • Berkshire United Way
  • The Boston Foundation
  • Commonwealth Children's Fund
  • Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
  • Couch Family Foundation
  • Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
  • Gisela B. Hogan Charitable Foundation
  • Greater Lowell Community Foundation
  • Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation
  • PNC Bank
  • SouthCoast Community Foundation
  • United Way of Greater New Bedford
  • United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.
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