Employees Honored; Partnering with the City; Funding Available

October 2, 2018 — Employees' efforts garner $10K for their Massachusetts nonprofits... Greater Worcester Community Foundation partnering with City of Worcester...Cape Cod Foundation asks nonprofits to apply for grants.

Employees' Efforts Garner $10K for Each of Three Massachusetts Nonprofits

TIAA yesterday announced it will recognize each of the three Massachusetts nonprofit employees with a $10,000 donation in their name to the nonprofit organization they support.

The employees were among 100 nationwide to be recognized as a so-called difference maker, defined as having made significant contributions in their communities and throughout the world. More than 4,000 individuals submitted their own story or recommended others for consideration, with finalists selected by a panel of judges based on their impact, creativity, perseverance and motive.

Honored were the following:
  • Gary Oberstein, who works for Above the Clouds, Norwood, provides relief for small aircraft flight to children and teens who are seriously ill, disabled, underserved, or facing other serious adversity through small aircraft flight.

  • Mark Carlson, who works for The Children's Center for Communication Beverly School for the Deaf, Beverly, seeks to enhance the lives of deaf and hearing children and their families living with communication and developmental challenges by providing comprehensive educational and communication-rich programs.

  • Ismail Abdurrashid, who works for College Bound Dorchester, a Boston nonprofit that aims to equip students living in the Dorchester section of Boston with the attitude, skills, and experience to graduate from college.
We could think of no better way to commemorate our centennial than to celebrate the people we have a mission to serve – the millions of nonprofit professionals driven by purpose and service – and to help enable them to continue having a positive impact on the world,” said Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., president and CEO of TIAA.

Greater Worcester Community Foundation Partnering with City of Worcester

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation and the City of Worcester today announced they are jointly developing a cultural plan for the city, an effort supported with funding from the Barr Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Worcester Cultural Coalition.

The foundation’s Creative Worcester Initiative, funded by the Barr Foundation, was singled out by city officials for its success in engaging local organizations to identify Worcester’s distinctive arts and cultural resources and invest in these assets to enhance the city’s quality of life.

"The development of the cultural plan is only the first step towards refocusing the ways in which the City invests in arts and culture,” said Ann T. Lisi, the foundation's president and CEO. “As the city enters into unprecedented economic growth, this plan will only further build upon the immense creative talents and resources that make up our community and make it equitable for everyone.”

Initial plans call for the plan to include building public spaces that support multiple forms of mobility and cultural expression, creating a vibrant arts and culture scene which encourages children and families to participate, and embracing cultural and creative expressions and ways of life meaningful to all Worcester residents.

Cape Cod Foundation Asks Nonprofits to Apply for Grants

The Cape Cod Foundation recently announced it is inviting nonprofits to apply for grants for projects that will benefit the Town of Falmouth.

The foundation will make up to $100,000 available in connection with strategic focus grants, which fund strategic initiatives and long-range organizational capacity-building, and general grants, which address emerging opportunities, launch creative initiatives, or cover costs of small, one-time projects for the organization.

Additional funds will be made available for projects and programs benefitting domesticated animals and wildlife on Cape Cod and the Islands.

Deadline to apply: Oct. 15 for strategic focus grants; Dec. 1 for animal projects; Dec. 15 for general grants. Details.