Acquisition Made, Grant Received, Proposals Sought

August 21, 2018 — Empower Success Corps acquires Executive Service Corps of Northern NE...Virtual High School gets grant for online summer courses...Cambridge Community Foundation seeking proposals... Nonprofits invited to participate in second annual 'Arc Tank' contest.

Empower Success Corps Acquires Executive Service Corps of Northern NE

Empower Success Corps (ESC), a Boston-based nonprofit that provides professional development services for nonprofits, recently announced it acquired Executive Service Corps of Northern New England (ESC of NNE), enabling ESC to offer program services to nonprofits in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.

“This acquisition is an exciting opportunity for strategic growth. As a result, we will be able to pool resources, expand services, and help nonprofits across all of New England operate more effectively to meet the needs of their communities,” said ESC Executive Director Julie Crockford.

In the new organization, the NNE office will be responsible for business development, client support, and volunteer recruitment and management in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. The main office of ESC will be responsible for consultant training and operations including bookkeeping, contract administration, customer relations management, and communications.

Virtual High School Gets Grant for Online Summer Courses

The Virtual High School, a Maynard nonprofit that works to increase educational opportunities for middle and high school students, educators, and schools, recently announced it received a $22,500 grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts to bolster summer learning for students at Ware Junior Senior High School.

Carol Ribeiro, president and CEO of The Virtual High School, said,. “We’re thrilled that middle and high school students in the area will have access to this enriching and engaging summer program, so they can be better prepared for college, careers, and beyond.”

The grant will enable students to take online courses in a variety of subject areas, including study skills, personal finance, health, digital photography, pre-algebra, pre-calculus, cryptography, criminology, and computer assisted design.

Cambridge Community Foundation Seeking Proposals

Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF), in Cambridge, recently invited nonprofits to submit proposals focused on increasing legal representation for local low-income immigrants who are currently facing or are threatened with deportation proceedings.

CCF said it will distribute at least $150,000 from its Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants to organizations serving immigrant individuals and families at risk of deportation, with a priority for those who live, work, or go to school in Cambridge, or live in Somerville, Medford, Malden, Melrose, Saugus, Revere, Chelsea, Winthrop, Arlington, Belmont, Waltham, Watertown, Newton, Boston, Brookline, or Quincy.

Data from Pew Research indicates that in 2014, there were 210,000 undocumented residents in Massachusetts, of which over 180,000 are in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). According to CCF, 27% of the Cambridge population is foreign born and 40% of children have at least one foreign born parent.

Deadline to submit proposals: Sept. 13. Details.

Nonprofits Invited to Participate in Second Annual 'Arc Tank' Contest

Northeast Arc, a Danvers-based nonprofit that provides lifelong support to children and adults living with disabilities, recently announced it will be hosting, for the second year, The Arc Tank competition on Nov. 27, at which applicants will vie for up to $200,000 in awards, and issued a call to nonprofits for applications.

The event, based on the hit TV show, The Shark Tank, aims to spur innovation in the area of safety and wellbeing, employment, technology, housing, transportation, or socialization for individuals with disabilities. Last year, the event received 100 applications from around the globe, and two North Shore nonprofits that proposed innovative services for persons with disabilities won $115,000.

Each presenter will have five minutes to outline their ideas to a panel of judges at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, who will quiz them about their plans before selecting winners.

Deadline to apply: Sept. 18. Details.