Gift; Walkathon; New Dir. of Dev.; Volunteers Thanked; New Funding

November 5, 2019 — Care Dimensions gets $100K gift... Community Connections raises funds via walkathon... Cape Ann Museum names director of development... Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity thanks volunteers... Womenade Boston invites nonprofits to apply for funding.

Care Dimensions Gets $100K Gift

Care Dimensions, a Danvers-based nonprofit provider of hospice care in eastern Massachusetts, announced that it recently received a gift of $100,000 from Ralph E. Bates, a long-time supporter of nonprofit organizations that help people in need.

“Philanthropic support from donors like Mr. Bates enables Care Dimensions to subsidize the many underfunded aspects of its comprehensive care for end-of-life patients and their families, such as specialized clinical care, palliative care, complementary therapies, volunteer services, staff and community education, grief support services and uncompensated care for patients unable to pay,” said Donna Deveau, Care Dimensions vice president of philanthropy.

Care Dimensions has dedicated the flagpole in the Memorial Garden, located at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, in Bates’ name.

Community Connections Raises Funds via Walkathon

Community Connections, a nonprofit based in South Yarmouth that provides services to people with disabilities throughout South Coast, the South Shore, and Cape Cod, recently announced it raised $22,000 via its twelfth annual walkathon.

“All funds raised from this event help provide specialized equipment, unique therapies, and additional activities such as art supplies, community-based outings and music therapy sessions for the people we serve,” said David Botting, president and CEO, quoted in Cape Cod Today.

Held at the Fairhaven Recreation Center, the Walkathon kicked off at 10:30am with participants walking 1.5 or 3 miles on the Phoenix Bike Trail, a flat, paved path.

Founded in 1985, Community Connections today serves 750 people at eight sites. The agency, with a staff of 300, provides six service programs including day habilitation, life skills, employment services, elder services, individual supports, and transportation services.

Cape Ann Museum Names Director of Development

Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester recently announced the appointment of Diane Wortis as director of development.

Most recently, Wortis was deputy director of philanthropic engagement at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, where she was responsible for significant growth in major gifts, planned giving, school sponsorships, and capital campaign support. Earlier, she was director of development and alumnae relations at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield. During 10 years at the school, she raised more than $55 million for annual operating, capital, and endowment support.

Wortis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Master of Business Administration degree from Simmons College’s School of Management.

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity Thanks Volunteers

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit based in Lawrence that builds homes in 22 local communities, recently hosted its annual volunteer appreciation dinner that recognizes volunteers, supporters, board members and business leaders who helped build affordable housing for families in need.

During Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity's 2018/2019 fiscal year, 1267 individuals contributed more than 33,000 hours, equal to about $843,000 in savings, which normally would be paid to construction companies and others.

Fifty-nine awards were presented to volunteers who contributed 500 or more hours over the previous year, as well as to those who gave 400, 300, 200, and 100 hours, according to a report in the North Andover Patch.

Since our founding almost 35 years ago, in 1985, volunteers have contributed upwards of 660,000 hours to our mission. These numbers round out to cost savings of over $16 Million for the affiliate, which also translates to direct savings for Habitat families.

Womenade Boston Invites Nonprofits to Apply for Funding

Womenade Boston, a Boston-based giving circle comprised of women leaders that raises awareness and funds for programs which positively impact the lives of women and teen girls in the Boston area, recently announced it is seeking letters of inquiry from nonprofits seeking funding for projects consistent with its mission.

In 2020, Womenade Boston plans to award four grants of $20,000 to $25,000 each; two grants to organizations serving teen girls between the ages of 12 and 21, and two grants serving women age 22 and older.

Letters of inquiry due by Jan. 10. Prior applicants, finalists, and grantees, as well as newly formed nonprofit organizations, may apply. Details.