Research on Giving; App Wins Gold; Grant Proposals Sought

February 19, 2019 — Charitable giving research project launched... Health Resources in Action App wins Parents Choice Gold...Essex County Community Foundation calls for grant proposals.

Charitable Giving Research Project Launched

New England Blacks in Philanthropy (NEBiP), a Boston-based nonprofit that links philanthropists, trustees, and staff of grantmaking institutions to address the needs of Black communities, last week announced the launch of a research initiative called Giving Boston that aims to analyze and compare the giving behaviors of demographic groups, including Black, Latinx, Asian, White, and women donors.

NEBiP said it is looking for a wide range of responses "to combat the persistence of false stereotypes surrounding philanthropic behavior."

NEBiP is conducting the survey in collaboration with Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, New England Latinos in Philanthropy), Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Get Konnected!, and The Latino Legacy Fund.

The organization said non-mainstream interests have traditionally gone underrepresented in philanthropy, noting that donors today have more financial assets, more diverse interests, and a greater gravitation toward community philanthropic giving.

“We will use the results of the survey to empower new donors to invest strategically in our communities. Intentional philanthropic investments will promote education equity, economic justice and overall well-being within our collective community,” said Bithiah Carter, president and CEO of NEBiP.

To participate in the survey, available through April 30, visit

Health Resources in Action App Wins Parents Choice Gold

Health Resources in Action (HRIA), a Boston nonprofit that promotes healthier lives and communities through policy, research, prevention, and health promotion, developed Project Here Games, an online app to help middle school students practice healthy decision-making skills for substance use prevention, has been selected as a 2019 Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner, attorney general Maura Healey announced last week.

The Parents’ Choice Awards program, awarded by the Parents’ Choice Foundation, honors the best material for children, including books, toys, music, magazines, software, videogames, television and websites, each year. Parents’ Choice selected Project Here Games as its only 2019 Gold Award winner in the website category, calling the application’s content “skillfully designed” and applauding its thought-provoking hypothetical scenarios for allowing children to consider how different actions can have different outcomes.

The app, which HRIA developed with FableVision Studios, teaches students about healthy choices, peer pressure, substance use, and coping with stress through games, quizzes, and scenarios.

“Project Here Games has been described by middle schoolers as 'so cool,’ 'fun,’ and 'wicked easy to use,’” said Ivy Schmalzried, senior program manager at HRIA. “We are excited to have won a Parents’ Choice Gold Award to recognize the app as a unique way to help foster healthy development of skills in young people to prevent substance use.”

Essex County Community Foundation Calls for Grant Proposals

The Essex County Community Foundation in Danvers recently issued a call for grant proposals that will provide funding to nonprofits in Greater Lawrence and the North Shore.

The Greater Lawrence Summer Fund will provide grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 to nonprofit organizations that provide enriching summer opportunities for inner-city, school-aged children, and in Lawrence, Andover, North Andover, and Methuen. Agencies located outside the area are eligible to apply for funding, but proposals must include details on the number of Greater Lawrence youth participating.

Deadline to apply: March 15. Details.

Grants issued by the foundation's First Jobs Fund will support funding for first summer employment opportunities at local businesses and nonprofit organizations for teens from 19 North Shore communities. Nonprofits can apply for funding to support employment of teens at their agency for four to eight weeks.

Applications accepted April 1-26. Details.