February 20, 2020
Union OK'd; Leader Stepping Down; Grants for South Coast, Boston

March 26, 2019 — deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum gets OK to affiliate with The Trustees... Carol Fulp to step down as president/CEO of The Partnership, Inc.... Nonprofits invited to apply for grants serving Fall River, New Bedford, and Boston.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Gets OK to Affiliate with The Trustees

The Town of Lincoln at its annual town meeting last week voted to approve a plan for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, a nonprofit located on 30 acres in Lincoln, to join forces with Boston-based The Trustees, the state's largest preservation and conservation nonprofit.

The vote helps clear the way to complete the combination—described as an affiliation, not a merger—announced last October.

"Next steps include work by both organizations to conduct final due diligence and close the remaining $3.5 million fundraising gap in the $15 million campaign that has been underway as part of the integration agreement, in order to expand deCordova’s endowment and operational stability," the museum said.

Upon integration, as the two organizations describe the move, the deCordova, which was established in 1950, will continue to operate as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit under The Trustees, while the bulk of the land and buildings will continue to be owned by the Town of Lincoln.

The Trustees, established in 1891 to care for cultural and nature sites for public use and enjoyment, including more than 120 miles of coastline. Today it is one of the state's largest nonprofits with a membership of 140,000 people, and oversees 117 sites in Massachusetts, including the Crane Estate in Ipswich and World’s End in Hingham.

Carol Fulp to Step Down as President/CEO of The Partnership, Inc.

The Partnership, Inc., a Boston nonprofit that helps develop multicultural leadership in corporations and institutions, last week announced that Carol Fulp will step down as president and CEO effective of the organization she led for seven years.

No plans were announced for naming a successor when Fulp leaves July 1, nor did the organization announce a reason for the change.

“Carol has been an unwavering advocate for our organization and our mission, but most importantly she has been a needed resource for developing diverse leaders and creating inclusive workplaces,” said Marcy Reed, board chair of The Partnership. “Under her leadership, she has increased The Partnership’s reach and impact expanding existing programs while creating new initiatives that have been critical in enabling multicultural talent to succeed and helping businesses lead in the global economy.”

Before joining The Partnership, Fulp had been appointed by President Barack Obama as a representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-Fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Founded in 1987, The Partnership has evolved from its original focus on the advancement of African Americans in corporate Boston, into an organization focused to attract, develop, retain, and convene multicultural professionals at all levels in an increasingly diverse and global workforce.

Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Cultural/Arts Grants in Fall River, New Bedford

The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA) in New Bedford has issued an invitation to nonprofits to apply for grants of up to $20,000 for projects that emphasize and celebrate the cultural expression of ethnically diverse communities in Fall River and New Bedford.

A minimum of $100,000 will be available through the Creative Commonwealth, a partnership between the Barr Foundation and CFSEMA.

Concerts, exhibits, festivals, performances, speakers/presentations, and visual arts are examples of projects that will be considered.

Deadline to apply: April 5. Details.

Nonprofits Also Invited to Apply for Grants to Feed Boston Children

The City of Boston recently invited nonprofits, and others, to apply for grants in connection with its Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federally funded program which ensures that low-income children ages 18 and under receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

Size of grants will be as follows: Community-Based Organizations at Boston Public Libraries branches: about $2,000; farmers markets: about $500; Boston Housing Authority: about $1,000; summer programs, churches, health centers, etc.: about~ $500.

Within Greater Boston, one in 11 people and one in nine children struggles with hunger.

The mayor's office will work with YMCA of Greater Boston and Project Bread to support a projected 30 Boston Summer Eats sites this year.

Deadline to apply: April 5. Details.

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