Fundings, Merger OK, Enhanced Outreach, Free Consulting Help

October 31, 2017 — Found in Translation wins $25K... Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County awarded $10K...Corporate partner raises $40K for Dana-Farber... Danforth Art Museum\School gets go-ahead for merger... Martha’s Vineyard Community Services expands outreach...Free consulting support for Massachusetts nonprofits.

Found in Translation Wins $25K for Work Fighting Homelessness

Found in Translation, a Boston nonprofit that helps bilingual women to overcome homelessness and poverty by capitalizing on their language skills and becoming professional medical interpreters, was recently named a recipient of the 2017 Roslyn S. Jaffe Award, which brings with it a $25,000 grant.

The annual program, now in its fourth year, aims to empower and provide financial support to grassroots organizations who are making a meaningful difference in the lives of women and/or children in communities across the United States, specifically in the areas of health, education, social reform, and esteem. Found in Translation was one of three winners this year, and was to be honored on Oct. 26th in in New York City.

Through Found in Translation's workforce development program, women earn a Medical Interpreting Certificate, develop job skills and financial literacy, and receive job placement assistance upon completing the training.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County Awarded $10K

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, a nonprofit based in Greenfield that Provides mentors to children in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area, announced it recently was awarded a $10,000 grant through The Charles F. Bacon Trust to support general operations.

“We are thrilled to receive this award at this time, and honored that we are only the second Franklin County non-profit to benefit from the Bacon since 2008,” said Danielle Letourneau-Therrien, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County.

The trust, which funds educational, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations, supports the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, which matches children facing adversity with carefully screened and professionally supported mentors for one-to-one relationships.

Corporate Partner Raises $40K for Dana-Farber

The Arbella Insurance Group and Arbella Insurance Foundation announced they have jointly donated $40,000 to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to provide cancer screenings and education for medically underserved populations.

As the only mobile mammography program in Massachusetts, Dana-Farber’s Mammography Van provides free mammograms and breast health education to medically-eligible women aged 40 years and older, partnering with community-based organizations and neighborhood health centers to decrease breast cancer morbidity and mortality among medically-underserved women and increase survival rates for those diagnosed with breast cancer.

Danforth Art Museum\School Gets Go-Ahead for Merger

Danforth Art Museum\School got the go-ahead this month to merge with Framingham State University after Framingham Town Meeting members decided not to purchase the Jonathan Maynard Building where the museum is sited. Town Meeting members then voted to allow the building to be purchased by Framingham State.

Danforth Art purchased the building from Framingham in 2013. Under the terms of the original mortgage, the town had first refusal right for its sale and the right to purchase the building for two-thirds the cost of any viable offer.

Danforth Art last month announced its intent to merge with Framingham State to improve its long-term financial stability. Read more.

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Expands Outreach via Website

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MCVS), an Oak Bluffs nonprofit that provides a host of safety net social services on the island, recently announced the expansion of First Stop MV, an information and referral guide to support the health and wellness of the Island community by connecting people to information and critical resources for Islanders of all ages.

Formerly an Island-wide information guide for seniors and caregivers, First Stop MV moved to MCVS last fall to eliminate duplicate services, consolidate administrative functions, and support staff under the umbrella of an existing non-profit agency. Provider information is updated on a regular basis to ensure accuracy.

Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Free Consulting Support

The Highland Street Foundation (HSF), in Newton, has issued a call for Massachusetts nonprofits to apply for free consulting aimed at positioning them for growth and sustainability.

HSF pairs consultants with nonprofits for six months to address issues such as fundraising/ development planning, strategic plan development, stakeholder engagement, strategic communications/public relations, marketing/branding, board development and governance, and accounting and financial planning.

To be eligible, organizations must be based in Massachusetts, be a 501(c)(3), and have an operating budget between $500,000 and $4 million.

Deadline to apply: Nov. 6. Details.