March 28, 2020
Funds for Nonprofits; Grants; New Dev. Dir.; Endowment Funded

October 30, 2018 — Funds available to Nonprofits affected by September fires...Five Nonprofits get grants aimed at strengthening communities...New development chief at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute...Cape Cod Foundation receives $50K to build endowment fund.

Funds Available to Nonprofits Affected by September Columbia Gas Fires

The Essex County Community Foundation recently announced that that the application deadline for support from its Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund is Nov. 5.

Nonprofits, businesses, and residents that lost gas service as a result of the crisis, and which was not restored by Oct. 1, may be eligible to apply.

All those impacted by the Sept. 13 Columbia Gas fires in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover must file an application by that date to ensure they receive the current $550 stipend gift, and any future gift, being granted by the fund.

“The goal of the Fund is to gift $550 to every single household or business that is eligible,” said Beth Francis, president and CEO of Essex County Community Foundation. “We are urging people to spread the word about the application deadline to friends and neighbors – especially those without Internet and email access – so we can help as many people as possible.”

To date, the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund has received nearly 11,000 applications. Moe than 7,000 gifts, totaling nearly $3.9 million, have been delivered to those struggling from the long-term effects of being without gas service. The Fund has also been working with local nonprofits to provide additional services to those with the greatest need.


Five Nonprofits Get Grants Aimed at Strengthening Communities

Tufts Health Plan Foundation, a Watertown nonprofit that promote healthy living with an emphasis on older adults, recently announced that five nonprofits will receive grants of up to $5,000 stem from a new program in which Tufts Health Plan employees recommended an organization for a grant that aim to strengthen community connections.

Organizations receiving the grants were:
  • BAGLY, Inc. (Boston Alliance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth), Boston, to support Health Education and Risk Reduction Team (HEARRT), a program that educates and trains LGBTQ+ youth about mental and physical health.

  • Community Health Network Area 17, Cambridge, to create discussion based on research on the role of racial and ethnic disparities in access to mental health services, and deliver tools for increasing equity to health care providers in Watertown, Cambridge and Somerville.
  • Cotting School, Lexington, to develop and implement programs supporting youth with disabilities in the workplace.

  • North Attleboro YMCA, North Attleboro, to implement Gal Pals and Girl Talk, after-school programming that builds self-esteem and leadership skills of girls in grades six through eight.

  • Operation American Soldier,.Watertown, to prepare and ship care packages to deployed service members.

New Senior Vice President, Development at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute recently announced that Melany Duval has been named senior vice president, chief development officer, effective January 2019. In this role she will lead philanthropic efforts for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund.

Duval will succeed Sue Paresky, who announced earlier this year that she would be stepping down at the end of 2018 after 21 years at Dana-Farber, where she led fundraising efforts that grew from $30 million to well over $220 million a year.

Duval since 2017 has been vice president of development at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the largest community foundation in the world , where she was a member of the leadership team that led philanthropic activities.

Prior to that, Duval was the senior associate dean and associate vice president of health science campus development at the University of Southern California, helping to raise $1.5 billion for the Health Sciences Campus. She also worked for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in roles of increasing responsibility, where she helped successfully complete a $1 billion fundraising campaign — the largest in the institution’s history.

Duval earned a bachelor's degree in political science and government from Loyola Marymount University.

Cape Cod Foundation Receives $50K Match Gift to Build Endowment Fund

The Cape Cod Foundation recently announced that its Falmouth Fund has met the Willett Foundation Fund Challenge and will receive a $50,000 matching gift to build its endowment fund.

Earlier this year, The Willett Foundation Fund gifted $100,000 to the organization, $50,000 to be distributed as grants to nonprofit organizations serving the Falmouth community in 2019 and $50,000 to be used as a matching gift challenge for the endowment.

“As we approach our tenth anniversary, we felt it was extremely important to concentrate on building the endowment so that we can meet the future needs of the community and seize opportunities that arise,” said Sharon Nunes, Falmouth Fund chair. “The matching gift from The Willett Foundation Fund has given us great momentum to continue this important work.”

Last year, the Fund awarded $100,000 to 27 nonprofits. Nunes said they will also award up to $100,000 in the current grant cycle, now in progress.

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