Funds Awarded, Won; ED Honored; Gambling to Benefit Nonprofits

December 4, 2018 — YMCA Cape Cod gets $150K for youth development program...Arc of South Norfolk wins $40K to aid people with disabilities...DOVE executive director honored, receives funds...Cape Abilities supported by library fundraiser... Encore Boston Harbor to provide $10M to nonprofits.

YMCA Cape Cod Gets $150K for Youth Development Program

The Cape Cod Foundation in South Yarmouth last week announced it will provide $150,000 over the next two years to the YMCA Cape Cod to support the Y Achievers Program.

Foundation President and CEO Kristin O’Malley said the commitment is the first in a new initiative called Cape Cod 2020: A New Vision for our Community, which is working to raise $1 million over the next few years to support youth development and nonprofit organizational capacity-building.

The Y Achievers Program, which focuses on post-secondary education and career exploration, engages children ages 12-18, who meet weekly with caring, responsible adult role models to learn about different careers, enhance their skills, gain confidence and develop goals and a plan for life beyond high school. The majority of students in the Y Achievers program are the first in their families to go onto post-secondary education.

Arc of South Norfolk Wins $40K to Aid People with Disabilities

The Arc of South Norfolk, a Westwood-based nonprofit that provides services to people with developmental disabilities, won $40,000 in the second annual Arc Tank pitch competition for its proposal by its Autism Law Enforcement Education Coalition to develop a mobile app to provide ridesharing transportation for persons with disabilities.

The competition, sponsored by Northeast Arc, a nonprofit based in Danvers that supports children and adults living with disabilities, is based on the hit TV show, The Shark Tank, and aims to spur innovation in the area of safety and wellbeing, employment, technology, housing, transportation, or socialization for individuals with disabilities. Another $160,000 was awarded to organizations in California and Illinois for their proposals.

“The second year of the Arc Tank has shown us that there are great ideas among innovative, outside-the-box creators who have joined our quest to positively disrupt the conventional methods of providing services to persons with disabilities,” said Jo Ann Simons, CEO of Northeast Arc.

DOVE Executive Director Honored, Receives Funds

DOVE (Domestic Violence Ended), a Quincy nonprofit that provides intervention, shelter, education, and support services in connection with fighting domestic violence, announced it recently received a $5,000 donation from Eastern Bank in connection with the bank's 2018 Community Advocacy Award given to DOVE Executive Director Sue Chandler "in recognition of her many contributions to advancing women."

“We have seen survivors be increasingly bold in recent years, as they speak up, often at great personal expense, about issues of sexual harassment and misconduct, sexual assault, and domestic violence. We honor their strength and courage. Alongside these survivors, we are being challenged to be more bold, addressing systemic barriers and oppression, as we support survivors to achieve safety,” said Chandler.

Since Chandler took the helm in 2010, DOVE's budget grew from $700,000 to over $2 million, and staff expanded from 10 to 38.d

Cape Abilities Supported via Library Fundraiser

Cape Abilities, a Hyannis-based nonprofit that serves individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod, recently announce that it $7,500 that was raised by The Eastham Public Library.

The one-day-only Art Scramble fundraiser last month featured more than 200 paintings of noted New England artists who only signed the back of the painting, creating a "mystery" for the purchaser.

"We are so grateful to the Eastham Public Library Art Committee for demonstrating their support through this amazing event," said Peggy Boskey, director of community engagement at Cape Abilities. "Their generosity will benefit the programs and services we provide for hundreds of individuals with disabilities not only in Eastham but all across Cape Cod."

Encore Boston Harbor to Provide $10M to Nonprofits

Encore Boston Harbor last week announced it will provide $10 million over the next four years to support a wide range of social programs and civic institutions to help people in need and improve the lives of residents in local communities near the casino resort it is developing in Everett.

The organization said it established a committee to advise on and assist in the distribution of funds, targeting programs that support at-risk-youth education, cultural enrichment, and vibrant communities.

Matt Maddox, chief executive officer of Wynn Resorts, said, “It’s not in our corporate DNA to just write a check for a donation or buy a table at a charity event. We want to make an impactful difference in the lives of people and effect real and positive changes in our communities.”