March 25, 2019
Women Leaders, Best Nonprofit, Marketing Director, PSAs, Grants

April 10, 2018 — Two nonprofits rewarded for advancing women leaders...NeedyMeds named one of best nonprofits to work for...Cambridge Community Foundation appoints director of marketing and civic engagement... Pittsfield area nonprofits get free public service announcements... Greater Worcester Community Foundation accepting grant applications.

Two Nonprofits Rewarded for Advancing Women Leaders

Invest in Girls, an Arlington-based nonprofit teaches financial literacy to high school girls, and The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston, a leading nonprofit child and family service agency, recently were named winners of this year’s Advancement Award from The Boston Club, a professional women’s organization that works to advance women leaders.

The two organizations, which split a $10,000 award, were chosen from 12 applications from Greater Boston nonprofits.

Invest in Girls was named in connection with its efforts to teach financial skills to help "create a new generation of financially literate young women." Executive Director Betsy Kelder said the award will help Invest in Girls add another school to the seven full-time programs and three pilot programs in greater Boston.

The Home received the award for its six-month-old Somerville Village Program, which works with homeless or at-risk young women by helping them pursue post-secondary education. Somerville Village provides housing, therapeutic, and emotional support, and educational supports to up to 15 women

NeedyMeds Named One of Best Nonprofits to Work for in the Country

NeedyMeds, a Gloucester nonprofit that provides information to help people afford medications and healthcare, recently was named one of the best nonprofits to work for in United States, according to a listing published by The NonProfit Times.

NeedyMeds was ranked no. 30 in the 2018 Best Nonprofits To Work For, the fifth time it has made the list since 2013. It was the only Massachusetts nonprofit on this year's list.

High scores by organization employees relating to professional development, training, communication, and confidence in leadership are among the factors that put a nonprofit on the list.

Since its founding in 1997, NeedyMeds has been a centralized information resource on pharmaceutical patient assistance programs, providing information to patients, family members, healthcare professionals, social workers, and patient advocates that assist people who can't afford their medications or health care costs. Today, it has an annual operating budget of $2 million.

Cambridge Comm. Foundation Appoints Dir. of Marketing and Civic Engagement

The Cambridge Community Foundation in Cambridge recently announced the appointment of Lauren Marshall as director of marketing and civic engagement, responsible for managing e all the foundation’s external communications, including web, social media, newsletters, annual reports, and announcements.

Geeta Pradhan, president of the foundation, said, “She will play an important role in the Foundation’s work to strengthen connections across all sectors of our city—residents, nonprofits, government, universities, companies and startup businesses—as we work to ensure all residents, especially those with the greatest need, have access to opportunity and social equity and that we continue to preserve the vibrancy of the city we all love.”

Marshall most recently served as associate director of communications at the Harvard Art Museums. She has worked on communications strategy for major priorities at Harvard over the past 15 years, including the reopening of the re-imagined and renovated Harvard Art Museums, the Allston Initiative, Harvard’s Common Spaces Initiative, and the university’s connections with the Cambridge, Boston, and Allston communities. Earlier, she was a senior public affairs officer at Columbia University.

Marshall earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French from Austin College.

Pittsfield Area Nonprofits Get Free Public Service Announcements

Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV), a Pittsfield nonprofit that operates public, educational, and governmental access television to cable TV viewers, recently created customized public service announcements (PSAs) for each of 29 area nonprofits.

The nonprofits will use the PSAs to help bolster their fundraising, outreach, and related promotional efforts, according to a report on PCTV is cablecasting the PSAs during the first half of April and will stream them on its YouTube channel.

Getting the free PSAs were the following: AdLib, Elder Services of Berkshire County, First United Methodist Church of Pittsfield, Berkshire Environmental Action Team, The Eagles Community Band, Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, Berkshire Children and Families, Berkshires Jazz, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, Western Massachusetts Council of The Boy Scouts of America, Moments House, NAMI Of the Berkshires, Retired Senior Volunteers Program, Pittsfield Parade Committee, Berkshire Athenaeum Seed Library, Berkshire Business and Professional Women, BFAIR, Berkshire Historical Society, Pittsfield Fire Department, Tyler Street Business Group, League Of Women Voters Of The Central Berkshires, Pittsfield Adult Learning Center, Berkshire Place, Working Cities Pittsfield, Berkshire Theatre Group, UCP Of Berkshire County and Berkshire Pathways.

Greater Worcester Community Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation recently announced it is accepting applications from nonprofits for its Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger and its Creative Community Engagement Grant Program.

Food Bank related proposals should offer "innovative and sustainable solutions to address hunger through advocacy and programs that incorporate practices that have shown promise" elsewhere in the country or in Worcester County. Deadline to apply: May 18. Details.

Creative Community Engagement proposals should focus on empowering nonprofits t"o develop innovative ways to increase engagement with diverse communities that represent Worcester’s changing demographics." Deadline to apply: May 18. Details.

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