Grants Awarded; New Communications Dir.; Potential Federal Aid

March 23, 2021 — Cordeiro Foundation awards grants to five nonprofits. Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts names communications director. Bill filed to create federal grants for nonprofits.

Cordeiro Foundation Awards Grants to Five Nonprofits

The Anthony F. Cordeiro Charitable Foundation, based in Fall River, recently announced that it granted $37,850 to six nonprofit organizations area to support activities that advance the organizations’ mission.

Awarded grants, according to The Herald News, were the following:

  • The Boston Home, Boston: $4,850 was granted to purchase a Hausmann Electric Tilt Table and Folding Parallel Bars for its resident and outpatient clients.

  • Camp Ellie Mae, Swansea: $3,000 to support the organization's overnight summer camp for young girls ages 3 to 18 to encourage leadership and life skills and to build their self-esteem.

  • Child and Family Services, New Bedford: $25,000 to continue its work healing and strengthening the lives of area families.

  • Forever Paws, Fall River: $1,000 to help two severely abused animals on the road to recovery and eventual adoption.

  • Medicine Horse, Tiverton: $1,500 to help provide equine-assisted psychotherapy sessions to frontline COVID-19 healthcare workers that address issues, including anxiety, depression, and trauma.

  • Southcoast Hospitals Group, New Bedford: $2,500 to support the Wellness Van that provide services to local residents.

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Names Communications Director

Emma Mesa-Melendez

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts in Springfield recently announced it named Emma Mesa-Melendez as director of communications, who will be responsible for developing and executing communications strategy as well as assist with the foundation’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Previously, she has consulted in marketing and graphic design, and served as vice president for community relations, human resources, and marketing management for New Valley Bank & Trust. She also worked with several nonprofits as a board member and volunteer, including with the Minority Inclusion Project, Farmington Valley YMCA, Vet Air, and The Performance Project. Mesa-Melendez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in critical social thought from Mount Holyoke College and Master of Business Administration degree from Southern New Hampshire University.

Bill Filed to Create Federal Grants for Nonprofits

A bill introduced in Congress last year to help nonprofits, by providing grant funding to cover salaries up to $50,000 per nonprofit employee, was re-introduced last week.

“While nonprofits are on the front lines of this crisis, demand for their services has never been higher. Nonprofit caseloads have exploded during the coronavirus pandemic, with reports highlighting long lines at food banks, overloaded calls for housing assistance, and overwhelmed mental health providers,” noted the seven senators who reintroduced the WORK NOW Act.

“Unfortunately, charitable giving to smaller nonprofits (which account for 92% of nonprofit organizations) declined by over 7% last year. With decreased charitable giving and extraordinarily high community needs, nonprofits are being squeezed from all sides.”

The co-sponsors of the bill asked House and Senate leaders “to provide broad relief for nonprofits in subsequent coronavirus relief legislation.”