Grants Awarded; Free Consulting Offered; Ransomware Attack

July 9, 2019 — Watertown nonprofits share in grants of $75K... Cape Abilities receives grant from Bank of America... Community Consulting Teams offering $100K consulting grants... Massachusetts nonprofit targeted by ransomware.

Watertown Nonprofits Share in Grants of $75K

The Marshall Home Fund in Watertown recently announced it has granted $75,000 to 16 local organizations, including the following 13 nonprofits, that serve older adults.
  • The Armenian Relief Society’s Cooking in the Community program
  • Carroll Center’s Low Vision Services for Watertown Residents
  • Lexington Chamber Music’s classical concerts for Watertown’s older residents
  • Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s Technology Training for Seniors with Sight Loss
  • MetroWest Collaborative Development’s Ready Renter Program and Affordable Housing “How-To” workshops
  • Mosesian Center for the Arts’ Aging Creatively Program
  • New Repertory Theatre’s Page to Stage workshops
  • Perkins School for the Blind’s Thriving with Vision Loss Program
  • Project Literacy’s English Language Instruction for Ages 55+.
  • Springwell’s Elder Independence and Safety Fund
  • Watertown Farmers Market program providing transportation and SNAP matches for older adults.
  • Watertown Families Together with the Church of the Good Shepherd - Generations Together.
  • Wayside Youth and Family Support Network’s Emergency Assistance Block Grant.
Also receiving grants were the Watertown Council on Aging and Fire and Health Departments.

Cape Abilities Receives Grant from Bank of America

Cape Abilities, a Hyannis-based nonprofit that provides a full range of services to individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod, yesterday announced it recently received a $10,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support its Employment & Vocational Skills Training program, located at Cape Abilities Farm in Dennis.

Jonathan Sproul, president/executive director at Cape Abilities, said, "As an agency, we are committed to creating a path to competitive community employment for people with disabilities. Funding from the [foundation] allows us to provide more supports and training than currently funded by the Commonwealth's disability agencies, and permits us to remain focused on a person-centered, vocational training approach that incorporates the goals and interests of each individual."

"We are honored to partner with Cape Abilities to support the economic mobility of individuals with disabilities and their families through their impactful workforce development programming," said Miceal Chamberlain, Bank of America Massachusetts president. "By working together, we truly have the power to make a meaningful and positive difference for all."

Community Consulting Teams Offering $100K Consulting Grants

Community Consulting Teams (CCT), a Boston-based nonprofit that helps Boston area nonprofits address strategic business and management challenges, recently announced it is accepting applications from nonprofits for free consulting support valued at $100,000 for each organization.

To be eligible for the program, nonprofits must have 501(c)(3) status, an annual budget between approximately $500,000 and $5 million, a full-time executive director, a minimum of three full-time staff, and at least one staffer who will be assigned to the project.

Project proposals should relate to a key strategic challenge, such as strategic planning, expansion opportunity, situation analysis, marketing strategy, and financial planning. Consulting projects are performed by teams of experienced MBA-alumni volunteers from major business schools.

Nonprofits that received CCT consulting engagements in 2019 include Boston Harbor Now, Boston; Doc Wayne Youth Services, Boston; Mill City Grows, Lowell; Plummer Youth Promise, Salem; and WorldTeach, Cambridge

Deadline to apply: Aug. 16. Details.

Massachusetts Nonprofit Targeted by Ransomware

Father Bill's and MainSpring (FBMS), a Brockton-based provider of services to prevent and end homelessness in southern Massachusetts, announced that it recently was targeted in a ransomware attack, noting that it did not believe any personal information was accessed or stolen.

FBMS reported the attack, which occurred in the spring to the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and published a legal notice about the incident in the print edition of The Enterprise, the newspaper reported.

"We've gone through all the proper procedures with a breach through AG's office, and have done everything we need to do that's required by the state to let people know. We're just being very proactive. We're working with the AG's office very closely, said John Yazwinski, FBMS president & CEO, quoted in the news story.

Yazwinski said the nonprofit tried to reach out to around 1,000 people about the incident, the paper reported, noting that there was "minimal disruption" due to the attempted breach.

Ransomware is a computer virus that encrypts user data, demanding ransom payments in return for access. In recent months, municipal governments across the country have suffered ransomware attacks, with a number of them agreeing to pay up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in ransom.