April 6, 2020
Data Equity; Dev. Dir.; Grants; New Home; Consulting; Under 40

October 22, 2019 — Mass. nonprofit coalition asks legislature to support data equity bill... YouthBuild USA names director of development... Employees recommend grants for three Massachusetts nonprofits... Concord Youth Theatre moves into new home... Mass. nonprofits invited to apply for free consulting support... Two Mass. nonprofit leaders among 40 under 40 to watch.

Mass. Nonprofit Coalition Asks Legislature to Support Data Equity Bill

A coalition of 115 Massachusetts nonprofits called on the state legislature this week to support a bill that would reportedly ensure more accurate and useful data collection on ethnic subgroups within broader racial categories to better serve diverse communities across the state.

According to the Asian Pacific Islanders Civic Action Network, the bill, H.2681, filed by Rep. Tackey Chan of Quincy and co-sponsored by more than 40 legislators, calls on state agencies already collecting racial demographic data to provide voluntary ethnic subgroup options in addition to the broader categories of Asian American, Pacific Islander, Black or African American, Latino, and White or Caucasian.

Lack of sufficiently large datasets at the state and federal levels inhibit meaningful analysis of various subgroups, including but not limited to Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Haitian, Cape Verdean, Somali, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Salvadoran, and Dominican communities.

The proposed data equity bill states that personally identifying information would remain confidential and that data collected by the state shall be subject to both state and federal privacy laws. No provision in the text of the bill would establish any type of “registry.”

YouthBuild USA Names Director of Development

YouthBuild USA an international nonprofit based in Somerville that engages out-of-school, unemployed, and often undereducated young people to build affordable housing in their communities, recently appointed Lee Hofrichter as director of development

Hofrichter will be responsible for all of YouthBuild's fundraising activity, including building relationships with current and potential philanthropic partners.

Before joining the organization, he served most recently as executive director of CCS Fundraising in New York. Earlier he served as associate director of constituency and pipeline development at Duke Medicine Development and Alumni Affairs.

Hofrichter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in peace and justice studies and Middle Eastern studies at Tufts University, and a Master of Business Administration degree in strategy and corporate finance from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He also earned a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.

Employees Recommend Grants for Three Massachusetts Nonprofits

Three Massachusetts nonprofits each recently received a $5,000 grant from Tufts Health Plan, as recommended by its employees. They were:
  • African Community Health Initiatives in Boston, a grassroots organization that helps African immigrants and refugees in Greater Boston access health information and services. The grant will enhance programs and partnerships to promote health access for community members.

  • Arc of Massachusetts in Waltham, a statewide organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The grant will support trainings for employee resource groups at five companies so they can help people with I/DD succeed in the workplace.

  • Rosie’s Place in Boston, a women’s shelter that provides a wide range of support, including meals, housing, and education. The grant will enhance employment and career services for single mothers with low incomes.

Concord Youth Theatre Moves into New Home

Concord Youth Theatre (CYT). a Concord nonprofit that makes high-quality, live theater accessible for young people and their families through participation in live theater experiences under the leadership of professionals, last weekend opened the doors to its new theater.

Ribbon cutting at the new site, at 53 Church St., West Concord, featured Chris Evans, who plays Captain America in the Marvel movies and who acted at CYT as a teenager.

“We are thrilled to continue our long-standing tradition of providing young people in Concord and surrounding communities with opportunities to explore, experience and engage in various aspects of the creative arts in our new home,” said Artistic Director Lisa Evans, Chris' mother. “After many moves over the years, our new permanent and beautiful location will allow us to grow our student base, expand programming and reinforce the vital role that theater production and performing can play in the lives of students.”

The new site includes more than 8,000 square feet of space for classes and workshops, a 200-seat theater for rehearsals and performances, and state-of-the-art theater equipment and lighting, according to a report in Wicked Local Concord.

Mass. Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Free Consulting Support

The Highland Street Foundation (HSF), in Newton, is inviting Massachusetts nonprofits to apply for free consulting aimed at positioning them for growth and sustainability.

HSF pairs consultants, through its Community Impact Consulting program, with nonprofits for six months to address issues such as fundraising/ development planning, strategic plan development, stakeholder engagement, strategic communications/public relations, marketing/branding, board development and governance, and accounting and financial planning.

To be eligible, organizations must be based in Massachusetts, be a 501(c)(3), and have an operating budget between $500,000 and $4 million.

Deadline to apply: Nov. 8. Details.

Two Mass. Nonprofit Leaders Among 40 Under 40 to Watch

Meredith Hodges, executive director of the Boston Ballet, and Greg Wilmot, vice president at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, were recently named by the Boston Business Journal (BBJ) as two of 40 people under 40 years of age in Greater Boston likely to become future influential leaders.

"They are the best and brightest," the BBJ wrote. More than 400 names were submitted for the annual recognition.

Hodges, quoted by the BBJ, said, "I believe that the most successful organizations embrace data to outperform in all their efforts."

Noted Wilmot, "There is a great deal that can be achieved by simply starting from where you are with what you have...whether as an individual or as a business."

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