Two Boston Nonprofits Receive Listen4Good Grants, Services
December 27, 2019 Two Boston nonprofits, one that serves survivors of domestic abuse and another that fights generational poverty, each recently were awarded a Listen4Good grant valued at $30,000, along with one-on-one coaching and capacity building assistance.
The Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
(ATASK), which is a community organization serving pan-Asian survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence, and Friends of the Children-Boston
, a local chapter of a nationwide organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through salaried, professional mentoring, were among 51 nonprofits across the country to receive the grants from the Fund for Shared Insight.
The funding initiative aim to advance the practice of listening in philanthropy, with a focus on those whose voices are heard the least. Grantees also will receive access to L4G Online, an interactive website that provides one-on-one coaching with respect to the design and implementation of client-focused feedback loops.
Founded in 1992, ATASK established a link between unrepresented Asian victims of domestic violence and available resources for the first time in the history of Massachusetts with the goal of preventing domestic violence in Asian families and communities and to provide hope to survivors.. Since then it has operated New Englands only multilingual emergency shelter, advocacy services, outreach, and education programs for battered Asian adults and their children.
It offers legal, housing, healthcare, mental health, public benefits, employment, and immigration advocacy, counseling, and referral services in English, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Taiwanese, Khmer, Korean, Japanese, Nepali, Hindi, Bangla, Tagalog, Urdu, Thai, Manipuri, Lao, and Mien.
ATASK also offers domestic violence and cultural competency trainings for Asian/Asian American, non-Asian communities and professionals working with victims of violence and trauma.
Since it was established in 2004, Friends of the Children-Boston has partnered with Boston Public Schools to select children who are facing the highest risk of school failure and dropout, and other poor future life outcomes. It works with children, providing mentors, from kindergarten through high school graduation.
According to the Harvard Business School Association of Oregon, every dollar invested in Friends of the Children, enables the local community to save more than seven dollars in social costs. Helping one child, it estimates, saves the community $900,000. Currently, 90% of the children in the program are on track to graduate high school, and 99% avoid the juvenile justice system although 48% have parents who were incarcerated.
Its current three-year strategic plan calls for the organization to increase the total number of children served by 30%, boost the number of school partners to four, and grow annual revenue by 35%, in part by increasing the number of new and renewing supporters by 30%.