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July 30, 2021
Philanthropy Connection Grants $250K to 10 Nonprofits
Philanthropy Connection

June 11, 2021 — The Philanthropy Connection, based in Cambridge, this week announced it granted $250,000 to 10 Boston-area nonprofit organizations that address pressing needs, ranging from affordable housing, education, and hunger to adoption, health care, and immigration.

A $25,000 grant was awarded to each of the following:

  • BEST Hospitality Training, Medford, Roxbury, which provides individuals with the education, skills, and training to excel in the hospitality industry and in their personal lives.

  • Bread & Roses Housing, Lawrence, creates and preserves affordable housing opportunities for low-resource families.

  • Dignity Matters, Upton, which provides menstrual protection products to women and girls who are homeless or living in poverty.

  • Fathers' Uplift, Dorchester, which works to assist fathers in overcoming barriers (e.g., financial, emotional, traumatic, addiction-based) that prevent them from remaining engaged in their children's lives. The organization also provides mentoring, cultural outings, and counseling to children who are growing up without their fathers.

  • GreenRoots, Chelsea, which helps combat the food desert in which low-resource individuals and families of Chelsea reside. Through its community gardens/urban farming programs, residents, especially youth, become active participants in securing the food resources they need.

  • Immigrant Family Services Institute, Mattapan, which helps immigrant families, mostly Haitians, to adapt to the US through support services, education, advocacy, and leadership training. IFSI also unites policymakers, funders, service providers, grassroots organizations, parents, and youth to meet the needs of immigrants.

  • Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Newton, which finds adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care, targeting those without a family member or identified resource that can offer a permanent home.

  • Neighbors in Need, Lawrence, which provides food, formula, diapers, and infant supplies to at-risk and food-insecure families in the Greater Lawrence area. Through its distribution network of 13 food pantries, it serves 900 families in the area each week.

  • Project Citizenship, Boston, which seeks to increase the naturalization rate in Massachusetts and beyond by offering free, high-quality services to permanent residents to help them become US citizens.

  • RESPOND, Somerville, New England’s first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation. This organization has been a pioneer in the movement to end domestic violence.

The Philanthropy Connection is a volunteer organization in which members contribute funds and then jointly decide which nonprofits will get grants. Grantees are organizations with annual revenue between $200,000 and $2 million and based within the Greater Boston area bounded by Route 495.

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