Grants, Consulting Support, Fundraising, Rebranding

July 8, 2017 — Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire gets $240K...Three Massachusetts nonprofits receive capacity-building grants...Five Boston area nonprofits awarded consulting support...Jane Doe Inc. raises $57K at benefit...Third Sector New England rebrands.

Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Gets $240K

Tufts Health Plan Foundation this week announced that it has awarded a two-year $240,875 grant to the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire to support the training of dementia-capable professionals, including first responders and direct health care workers.

The Alzheimer’s Association initiative will expand a program to train first responders, nonemergency government employees, and allied health professionals to better understand the needs of those living with dementia.

The initiative is intended to give older adults with dementia additional community support and assist families in accessing resources to help them navigate the challenges associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Professionals who will receive training through the grant include firefighters, municipal employees, nurses, and social workers across Massachusetts.

Jim Wessler, CEO of the chapter, said,. “This project will help ensure that the 144,000 Massachusetts and New Hampshire residents living with Alzheimer’s disease and their families have access to a workforce that can recognize and serve people with dementia. We’ve had tremendous success with our police officer training initiative and are excited to scale the program.”

Three Massachusetts Nonprofits Receive Capacity-Building Grants

Berkshire Bank Foundation last week announced it selected three Massachusetts nonprofits to each receive a $5,000 grant as part of its Xtraordinary Day Grants. Through the program, Berkshire invited proposals from nonprofit organizations in its footprint seeking to build their capacity, performance, and impact. More than 160 organizations submitted applications.

The following organizations were selected to receive the awards: A group of Berkshire Bank employee volunteers selected the winners by evaluating each submission using an electronic scoring system.

Five Boston Area Nonprofits Awarded Consulting Support

The Highland Street Foundation, based in Newton, recently announced that it selected five Boston area nonprofits to receive consulting support, valued at between $25,000 and $30,000, to help them improve their organizational capacity.

The nonprofits receiving consulting support for six months, which began July 1, include the following:
  • Coaching4Change, Boston, which partners with schools to customize and design high quality out-of-school learning opportunities in low-income communities.

  • Crossroads, Duxbury, which seeks to help low-income youth become economically independent, socially responsible adults,

  • Martin Richard Foundation, Boston, a foundation formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon, which invests in athletics, education, and community.

  • Reach Beyond Domestic Violence, Waltham, which provides safety and support to survivors of abuse while engaging communities to promote healthy relationships and prevent domestic violence.

  • Tech Goes Home, Boston, which seeks to empower communities by providing access to digital tools to overcome barriers and advance lives.
The program, which launched in 2011, typically helps nonprofits address core issues relating to accounting and financial planning, board development and governance, communications and public relations, fundraising and development planning, marketing and branding, and strategic plan development.

To be eligible for the Community Impact Consulting program, nonprofits must be 501(c)(3) organizations, based in Massachusetts, and have annual operating budgets $500,000 to $4 million.

Jane Doe Inc. Raises $57K at Benefit, Launches Young Philanthropist Group

Jane Doe Inc. (JDI), a Boston-based, statewide, nonprofit coalition of 56 organizations that supports victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence, announced that its recently held breakfast benefit raised $57,000 that will support violence prevention and advocacy efforts.

At the event, held at the Boston College Club on May 25, which drew 150 attendees, JDI announced the formation of a Young Philanthropist Giving ImPACT group. The group was described as being "for philanthropists under 40 seeking to use radical philanthropy and activism to support Jane Doe and enact community change."

JDI honored Matt Fishman, vice president of community health at Partners Health Care, and Yvonne Abraham, Globe columnist, with its Justice In Action Awards.

Abraham noted, “By now, we ought to live in a society where abuse is never tolerated, where those subjected to it have all of the resources they need to be safe, all the social supports to raise their children... Nobody does it alone. The rest of us have to help. Because protecting abuse victims should never be the stuff of miracles."

Third Sector New England Rebrands to Reflect Broader Reach

Third Sector New England, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides management and consulting services, and which serves as a fiscal sponsor for scores of nonprofits, last month announced that it changed its name to TSNE MissionWorks in connection with plans to expand its work beyond New England.

The organization said the new name "speaks to our ongoing investment in the missions of our clients and partners, and our collaborations far beyond the borders of New England. Along with our new name, we gained a new tagline: Partners in Social Change. "

Founded in 1959 by government and academia leaders as the Massachusetts Health and Research Institute, the organization evolved to become known TSNE to reflect growth of it services to nonprofits.

"MissionWorks to us reflects our commitment to the organizations that we serve and the projects that we are in partnerships with—our commitment and investment in helping them to achieve their missions," spokeswoman Sandy St. Louis was quoted in an article in The Boston Business Journal.

She added, "We see this kind of transitional moment in our organization as a really good time for us to start the evolution of our brand. We just had our long-time CEO of 34 years, Jonathan Spack, leave the organization. We feel like evolving our brand with the new name, the new look and more clear expression of the organization that we are will help us attract a dynamic new leader to help us achieve our goals."