February 20, 2020
Grants Received; New Marketing Director; Kids Admitted Free

December 10, 2019 — Baystate Health Foundation granted $750K for disease treatment... Community Development Partnership gets $20K to boost services... YMCA of Metro North names new senior director of marketing... Berkshire Museum to offer free admission to youth under 18.

Baystate Health Foundation Granted $750K for Disease Treatment

TD Bank last week announced it has granted $750,000 to the Baystate Health Foundation in Springfield, a nonprofit which supports Baystate Health, the leading, comprehensive, nonprofit healthcare provider serving the area to improve access to early detection of disease and disease intervention.

Baystate Health Foundation will use the grant to launch the TD Bank-Baystate Health Bus, a mobile preventive health clinic. Additionally, this initiative will be used to develop a unique interdisciplinary education plan to train healthcare professionals to bring care directly to the community where they live and congregate instead of having the community come to them for care.

Baystate Health Foundation was one of four organizations in the northeastern United States to receive this level of funding, chosen from 378 submissions across the U.S. and Canada. Applicants were winnowed down to 15 semi-finalists, from which grantees were selected.

"While advances in healthcare enable many to lead healthier lives, the unfortunate reality is that not all communities have equal access to quality healthcare," said Greg Braca, chief executive officer of TD Bank. "We believe that when people feel better about their health, they feel better about their future, which is why we're focused on supporting research, solutions and technologies that make healthcare more accessible for everyone."

Community Development Partnership Gets $20K to Boost Services

The Community Development Partnership (CDP), an Eastham nonprofit that supports creation of affordable housing and provides micro-loans to businesses on the Lower Cape, recently was awarded $20,000 by the Mary-Louise and Ruth N. Eddy Foundation to benefit resident services programs in tandem with the Homeless Prevention Council, an Orleans-based nonprofit.

The grant, reported by CapeCod.com, will enable CDP to connect residents with resources such as childcare, employment, education, and healthcare.

The Foundation reportedly has granted nearly $275,000 to CDP since 2008.

Founded in 1992, CDP has developed and managed 72 affordable rental home, helped preserve 384 homes through repairs and upgrades, and provided business assistance, education and/or loan capital to over 2,050 locally owned small businesses.

YMCA of Metro North Names New Senior Director of Marketing

The YMCA of Metro North, a Peabody nonprofit that works to strengthen individuals and families by providing quality social, recreational, and educational experiences, recently announced that Sandy St. Louis has been appointed senior director of marketing and membership.

St. Louis will lead YMCA of Metro North marketing, communications, and public relations efforts, which includes responsibility for membership engagement, branding, events strategy, creative and design services, branch relations and market, and media research.

"This is an exciting time for the YMCA of Metro North as we expand our facilities and grow our programming to continue to have a positive impact on the people and communities we serve. Sandy is a key part in this expansion to help us create awareness strategies that engage our members and stakeholders in the vital work that we do," said Chief Executive Officer Kathleen Walsh.

St. Louis most recently served for seven years as director of strategic communications and marketing at TSNE MissionWorks, and earlier in public relations and marketing at WGBH.

She earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Connecticut State University and a master's degree from the Heinz College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University.

Berkshire Museum to Offer Free Admission to People under 18

AT a time when many nonprofit museums are raising admission prices, the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield announced that all children under 18 years of age will enjoy free admission in 2020.

The new policy is being funded in part from the proceeds of the organization's annual gala last spring, which raised $300,000. This year, the museum welcomed all school groups free of charge through funds raised at the museum’s 2018 Gala combined with support from Greylock Federal Credit Union and the Beauregard Family.

Jeff Rogers, who took over as executive director of the museum earlier this year, is spearheading the initiative. He joined the museum from the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Fla., where he had been provost and chief operating officer of

Rogers succeeded executive director Van Shields, who retired last year in the midst of a controversy over the proposed sale of 22 pieces of art, including several Norman Rockwell paintings. David Ellis served as interim executive director while the museum undertook a nationwide search for new leadership.

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