Funds Raised; Interim President; Grants to Aid Census Count

September 24, 2019 — MAPS raises $42K for senior center... Alliance for Business Leadership names interim president... Funds available for Massachusetts nonprofits to aid Census count.

MAPS Raises $42K for Senior Center

The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS), a Cambridge-based nonprofit that provides health and social services to Portuguese speakers and other communities in the area, as well as in Framingham and Lowell, recently announced that it raised $42,000 at its second annual Chip-In for Charity Golf Tournament.

The funds will support its senior center in Cambridge. Last year's event raised $40,000.

Sponsors included Auxzillium IT Services & Solutions, Couto Management Group, East Cambridge Savings Bank, Naveo Credit Union, S&F Concrete, Inman Square Wine & Spirits, Brite Builders Inc., Metalstone Technologies, and Pacheco Jewelers.

In addition to support from sponsors, the event, which drew 100 participants, raised funds via a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle.

MAPS created in 1993 by the merger of two agencies: the former Somerville Portuguese American League (SPAL) and Cambridge Organization of Portuguese Americans (COPA), which had served area Portuguese speakers separately since 1970.

Alliance for Business Leadership Names Interim President

The Alliance for Business Leadership (ABL), a Boston-based, non-partisan nonprofit coalition of CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders committed to socially responsible, sustainable growth of the Massachusetts economy, recently named Patrick Monaghan as interim president.

Monaghan is taking over from Jesse Mermell, who is preparing to run for the Congressional seat being vacated by Joseph Kennedy, according to a report in the Boston Business Journal (BBJ). Kennedy last week announced he is seeking the Senate seat held by Ed Markey.

Monaghan, who has been volunteering as chief financial officer of ABL, will assist in the search for a permanent president, the BBJ reported. Previously, he served as chief operating officer for InkHouse nine years, having previously worked as a senior research analyst at Yankee Group and manager of research and consulting at Savatar Inc.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in supply chain management and economics from Syracuse University and studied logistics and economics at The University of Hong Kong.

Funds Available for Massachusetts Nonprofits to Aid Census Count

The Massachusetts Census Equity Fund (MCEF), a statewide funding initiative to increase participation in the 2020 census in communities that are at significant risk of being undercounted, is making funds available to Massachusetts nonprofits to support next year's Census effort.

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 are available.

The most hard-to-count communities, based on response rates in the last two Census counts, are Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Quincy, Revere, Springfield, and Worcester, according to MCEF.

While it is expected that Massachusetts will not gain or lose Congressional seats based in the Census count, the data collected will determine federal spending for critical programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, affordable housing initiatives, Title I education funding, and infrastructure in Massachusetts. For every one person that's not counted on the Census, the state loses out on $2,372 of federal funding, according to MCEF.

Grantees must commit to:
  • Maintain detailed records of activities and participate in conversations with evaluation consultant.
  • Use the funds between next January and June.
  • Be willing to “open source” all materials developed with other grantees.
  • Provide periodic check in reports and a final grant report to MCEF in July 2020.
Deadline to apply: Oct. 25. Details.