Flights Suspended; New Leaders; Training; Renovations

October 8, 2019 — Collings Foundation suspends flight operations following fatal crash... Camp Starfish names Sophie Wadsworth as executive director... Commonwealth Shakespeare Company appoints managing director... Free capacity building assistance for Massachusetts nonprofits... Falmouth Historical Society undertaking changes to 1790 house.

Collings Foundation Suspends Flight Operations Following Fatal Crash

The Collings Foundation, a nonprofit based in Stow that provides “living history” events through direct participation, which operates a vintage B-17 plane that crashed last week at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, killing seven people, has suspended flight operations.

The nonprofit, in a posting on its Facebook page, announced it is suspending its Wings of Freedom Tour for the remainder of the 2019 season, and will issue refunds to those who had reserved flights through December.

The foundation said it is "fully cooperating with officials" to determine the cause of the Oct. 2 crash.

Among those killed were two Massachusetts men traveling as passengers: James Roberts, 48, of Ludlow, and David Broderick, 56, of West Springfield.

The purpose of the flights, according to the foundation, is to "educate the world about our courageous World War II veterans and to remember those who have left us...enlighten future generations."

Camp Starfish Names Sophie Wadsworth as Executive Director

Camp Starfish, a nonprofit based in Stow that fosters growth of children with emotional, behavioral, and learning problems by providing individualized attention within structured group programs, recently announced that it has named Sophie Wadsworth as its executive director.

Wadsworth succeeds Emily Golinsky, executive director since 2006, who stepped down "to move on to her next adventure."

"Sophie has been the executive director at The Nature Connection over the last 10 years, and we are thrilled that she will be bringing her deep fundraising, programmatic and operating experience to our organization, along with her passion and commitment to working with kids and families that thrive at Starfish," said Board President Carrie Endries.

Wadsworth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Trinity College in Hartford and a Master of Arts degree in English from The University of New Mexico.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Appoints Managing Director

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC), a nonprofit based in Wellesley that stages live performances throughout Greater Boston, recently announced that Adam Sanders has been named managing director.

Sanders, a theater artist, director, and administrator with a background in educational theater and community outreach, joined CSC in 2011 and in 2012 he was named associate artistic director. He built the organization's educational and training programs.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UMass, Amherst, a Master of Arts degree in theater and community from Emerson College, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Babson College.

Free Capacity Building Assistance for Massachusetts Nonprofits

Massachusetts nonprofits are invited to apply to the 2020 Nonprofit Learning Institute, offered by Philanthropy Massachusetts and Bank of America, a series of technical assistance and capacity building sessions.

Twenty nonprofit organizations from a broad cross-section of the nonprofit sector will be selected to participate free of charge. Two organization representatives—senior management staff and board member—will be expected to attend all sessions. Sessions will be led by experts from leading service organizations and/or consultants in each topic area.

Since the program was established in 2011, 153 Massachusetts nonprofits have participated.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations and have an annual operating budget between $500,000 and $2 million.

Deadline to apply: Oct. 28. Details.

Falmouth Historical Society Undertaking Changes to 1790 House

The Falmouth Historical Society, a Falmouth nonprofit that educates, preserves, and shares the town's history, which owns and operates the Museums on the Green, recently announced several planned changes for the historic 1790 Dr. Francis Wicks House on its campus in Falmouth.

The effort is being supported by grants totaling $200,000.

“We expect and plan for ongoing repairs to historical structures,” said Mark Schmidt, executive director of the Museums on the Green. “However, this project also gives us the opportunity to create a dynamic new exhibition space inside the house.”

Earlier this year, the historical society received $125,000 from The Falmouth Community Preservation Committee to support the project. The state also earmarked funds and awarded the society a Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund grant of $75,000.

Schmidt noted, “Having individual, local and state support has made these projects possible. Because so many people are deeply committed to preserving important structures within our community, the historic Wicks House will continue to be a place to enjoy now and for generations to come.”