January 19, 2019
Smith Family Foundation Gives $1.1M to Help Build Capacity

May 15, 2012 — Three Boston nonprofits have been awarded grants totaling $1.1 million by the Richard & Susan Smith Family Foundation to help them increase their capacity to expand educational and developmental opportunities among low-income families and alleviate chronic poverty.

Receiving the grants were:
  • College Bound Dorchester, which works to equip Dorchester students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college, received a grant of $392,636 over three years to strengthen its capacity in case management and student intake/placement around college access.

  • More than Wheels, which helps struggling individuals and families break the cycle of poor financial decision making by helping them negotiate the price on reliable, fuel-efficient cars, received a three-year, $375,000 grant years to strengthen its evaluation capacity.

  • Project Hope, based in Roxbury, which provides low-income women with children access to education, jobs, housing, and emergency services, also received a three-year, $375,000 grant years to strengthen its evaluation capacity.
“We are grateful to the Smith Family Foundation for this incredible show of support,” said Mark Culliton, chief executive officer of College Bound Dorchester. “The funding provided will help bring College Bound to the next level of service.”

College Bound will use the grant to launch College Connections, an initiative that seeks to better support youth and increase the number of students it helps enroll in, and graduate from, college.

College Connections will incorporate academic, case management, and evaluation components to coordinate all recruitment, placement, academic skill building, assessment, and case management support for all college access students from intake through college graduation.

College Bound Dorchester, established as Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses in 1965, annually serves more than 900 families.

Established in 2001, More than Wheels has helped more than 1,400 New England residents, through personal financial education programs, get the best deal on a new or nearly new car by negotiating with dealers to secure the lowest price and providing the lowest interest rate available.

Project Hope, founded in 1981, looks to end family homelessness by fostering personal transformation and working for broader systems by providing multiple services, including family shelter and housing services, child care business support, adult learning programs, and a food pantry.

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