April 6, 2020
Funds for HIV/AIDS Support and to Help Children, Fight Hunger

December 22, 2017 — Victory Programs raises record-setting $130K for Boston Living Center...Boston CASA receives $100K to advocate for abused and neglected children in Suffolk County...Greater Boston Food Bank gets $100K to address childhood hunger.

Victory Programs Raises Record-Setting $130K for Boston Living Center

Victory Programs (VPI), a Boston-based nonprofit that works with the homeless who often have substance use and chronic health issues, recently announced it raised $130,000 at its annual holiday party to support its Boston Living Center, which helps people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Celebration of Life Holiday Party, which drew 700 attendees, outpaced the $128,000 raised at last year's event, which drew 600 guests.

The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Boston Living Center, generating nearly 10% of the program’s annual budget.

Marc Davino, Victory Programs’ vice president of development and communications, said, “Victory Programs received a record level of sponsor support for the 30th annual Celebration of Life this year. One key reason was the creation of a new title sponsor level for the event’s Resource Fair at $15,000 which was supplied by yearlong sponsor Walgreens.

"Several other corporate partners increased their sponsorship level as well, and that contributed to a new record of more than $77,000 in sponsor dollars. On top of the support from our corporate friends, we received nearly $25,000 from individual supporters, also a new record for this event.”

Boston Foundation Grants $20K to Boston Living Center

VPI this week announced it has received a $20,000 grant from the Boston Foundation to fund the meals and nutrition program at the Boston Living Center for a second year.

“This grant will allow us to continue to serve warm, nutritious food to individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the Boston area, many of whom have nowhere else to turn for support, community and basic nutritional needs. It will also support our efforts to educate people living with HIV/AIDS about how nutrition impacts their health outcomes and provide classes on healthy cooking,” says Larry Day, Program Director at the Boston Living Center.

The Boston Living Center was founded in 1989 and merged with VPI in 2012.

Boston CASA Receives $100K to Advocate for Children in Suffolk County

Social Venture Partners Boston, a Boston-based philanthropic nonprofit that provides funding to advance Greater Boston nonprofits that focus on collaborative solutions, recently announced it has granted $100,000 to Boston CASA, a nonprofit that advocates for abused and neglected children in Suffolk County.

Boston CASA recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) who work to ensure that abused and neglected children have safe and permanent homes.

The organization is the latest nonprofit in which SVP Boston provides unrestricted funds and access to a pool of highly skilled business professionals to help build capacity, develop evaluation tools, and refine strategic growth objectives.

According to Boston CASA, a child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to find a safe, permanent home; is half as likely to re-enter the foster care system; and is more likely to succeed in school.

Boston CASA became an independent nonprofit organization in 2012, and today serves more than 160 children in Suffolk County.

Greater Boston Food Bank Gets $100K to Address Childhood Hunger

Thee yesterday announced it will award a $100,000 grant to The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to address child hunger needs in Boston.

“The holiday season is a critical time for us, which is why we are so grateful for the generous support we’re receiving from the Joy in Childhood Foundation,” said Mackenzie Maher-Coville, GBFB senior manager of foundation relations. “This grant will give children who are facing hunger in our community access to the essential resources they need that give them energy to focus, engage, learn and grow.”

In eastern Massachusetts, one in three of the 142,000 people GBFB serves each month are children who face hunger.

Karen Raskopf, co-chair of the Joy in Childhood Foundation, said, “Our grant to The Greater Boston Food Bank will help ensure that children in Boston who are facing hunger and can experience the joy of the holidays—just like any other child—without having adult-like worries, such as where their next meal will come from.”

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