Nonprofit Training; New Collaboration; CEO to Leave; Grants Available

February 26, 2019 — Comm. Foundation of SE Massachusetts launches nonprofit training program...Community Servings collaborates with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts...Cambridge Health Alliance CEO to step down... Gr. Worcester Community Foundation seeking nonprofit grant applicants.

Comm. Foundation of SE Massachusetts Launches Nonprofit Training Program

The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts in New Bedford recently launched a new training program for 14 smaller arts and culture nonprofit organizations in New Bedford and Fall River aimed at helping them build their capacity.

Initial participants in the program—Building Blocks for Nonprofits Capacity Building—ranged from the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, which educates the public about the culture and history of the working waterfront and strengthen the fishing community in New Bedford, to the Greater Fall River Art Association.

“Building on the excitement of our recent grants in support of public art in New Bedford and Fall River, we are very much looking forward to working with a group of arts and cultural organizations in both cities to help them be even better at fulfilling their missions,” said Jackie Francisco, director of fine arts for Fall River Public Schools and chair of the capacity building subcommittee of the arts & culture committee of the Community Foundation, quoted in South Coast Today.

The six-month program consists of monthly meetings focused on volunteers and human resources, marketing and branding, fundraising, finance/budgeting, board development, and grant writing. It will conclude in June and provide participants who successfully complete it with an opportunity to apply for an implementation grant of up to $2,000.

Community Servings Collaborates with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Community Servings, a Boston-based nonprofit food and nutrition program that provides services to individuals and families in Massachusetts who are living with critical and chronic illnesses, recently launched a new initiative with long-time partner Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to provide medically tailored meals to patients who need post-acute care for congestive heart failure.

"We're thrilled to partner with an innovative health plan like Blue Cross. They truly understand the power of food and nutrition to improve people's health," said Community Servings CEO David Waters. "Often, people who are just getting out of the hospital and are managing a chronic illness like congestive heart failure feel overwhelmed and may have other barriers to obtaining medically appropriate foods. Our program seeks to ease their transition back to home and good health."

Each week, Community Servings will deliver 10 made-from-scratch meals plus snacks and milk if appropriate to program participants, who are Blue Cross Medicare Advantage members.

"We've been fortunate to collaborate with Community Servings as part of our work in the community, and we've seen firsthand the impact that this organization has on improving the health of thousands of people in the commonwealth," said Stephanie Lovell, Blue Cross's executive vice president of Medicare. "That's why we're excited to partner with them on this new initiative."

Cambridge Health Alliance CEO to Step Down

Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a nonprofit community health system based in Cambridge that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north region, announced that Patrick Wardell, its chief executive officer, will resign in June.

Wardell is leaving to spend more time with his family, according to a report in the Boston Business Journal (BBJ).

CHA's board of directors is reportedly beginning a search for his successor.

Wardell's departure occurs while CHA is continuing to work through controversy arising from the death of Laura Levis, who died from an asthma attack outside the emergency room door at Somerville Hospital, which is part of CHA.

"I will continue as CEO through June and intend to lead us through the response to the Laura Levis tragedy, including the implementation of any recommendations by the appointed Board Special Committee," said Wardell as reported by the BBJ.

CHA formed in 1996 following the merger of Cambridge Hospital and Somerville Hospital. In 2001, CHA acquired the former Whidden Memorial Hospital, now CHA Everett Hospital, and associated services in Malden and Revere. Today, it employs 3,600 people and serves 140,000 patients.

Gr. Worcester Community Foundation Seeking Nonprofit Grant Applicants

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation this week announced that it will award grants to local nonprofits ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to alleviate hunger or homelessness in Worcester County.

Grants will be awarded for small or mid-sized capital projects aimed at increasing efficiency, serve more people, improve access, and/or make other capacity improvements. Examples may include: equipment or vehicle purchases; energy efficiency; security upgrades; technology purchases, accessibility upgrades and other modest capital expenditures. Grants may not be used for personnel, operating expenses, or routine material purchases.

Any qualified nonprofit public charity based in Worcester County with at least five years of successful operations serving people in need may apply.

Deadline to apply: April 12. Details: Email Sarah Shugrue at or call 508-755-0980 x109.