Managing Data; Grants for Chatham; Innovative Solutions

January 21, 2020 — Wayside Youth & Family Support Network gets grant for data management... Cape Cod Foundation awards $30K to Chatham nonprofits... Mass. nonprofits invited to apply for innovative solution grants.

Wayside Youth & Family Support Network Gets Grant for Data Management

Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, a Framingham-based nonprofit that provides mental health counseling and family support services to children, young adults, and families in Massachusetts, recently announced it received a $10,000 grant from the Foundation for MetroWest to continue its data collection and measurement project and increase its in-house capacity to customize data.

Wayside installed a new electronic medical records (EMR) system last year and is training staff to create and utilize reports that gives the organization the ability to measure outcomes and client progress using technology, evaluation, and reporting.

“We are thankful to Foundation for MetroWest for supporting our efforts to utilize technology and gain insight by analyzing data about our service delivery and satisfaction of the youth and families we serve,” said Eric Masi, chief executive officer of Wayside. “We are able to track treatment progress and produce accurate reports that aid us in decision-making about the service types that clients benefit from most.”

Added Betsy Reid, Wayside's vice president of clinical quality and young adult services, “This funding will enhance our in-house capacity to analyze the data we already collect from our EMR to better sustain our work and fulfill our mission. Data is extremely valuable as we continue to look for ways to gain insight into best practices, elevate our work and articulate our successes.”

Cape Cod Foundation Awards $30K to Chatham Nonprofits

The Cape Cod Foundation, based in South Yarmouth, recently announced it has awarded $30,000 from its Chatham Fund to 10 nonprofit organizations serving residents of that town.

“This year’s grant recipients are helping residents facing extreme financial hardships, providing critical services for those with Alzheimer’s disease, and creating job training opportunities for people with disabilities,” said Henry R. Holden, of The Chatham Fund. “They’re also bringing wonderful arts experiences and educational programs for children into our community.”

Receiving funds were the following:
  • Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Center: $3,000
  • Amazing Grace of Cape Cod: $1,500
  • Cape Abilities: $3,000
  • Chatham Chorale: $500
  • Chatham Orpheum Theater: $2,000
  • Homeless Prevention Council: $3,000
  • Lower Cape Outreach Council: $5,000
  • Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary: $3,000
  • Monomoy Community Services for the Chatham Children’s Fund: $7,000
  • Pleasant Bay Community Boating: $2,000

Mass. Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Innovative Solution Grants

Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation has issued an invitation to Massachusetts nonprofits to apply for its 2020 Project Innovation grants to be awarded to nonprofits solving everyday problems through innovative solutions. Project Innovation will award grants across four grant categories: Culture of Inclusion, Youth Education, Next Generation Storytellers, and Community Engagement.

Last year, four Massachusetts nonprofits shared $225,000 in innovation grants. A similar amount will be awarded this year.

Applying organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations. Fiscally-sponsored organizations are eligible. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit must have an annual operating budget of more than $100,000 (defined by the organization’s most recent federal Form 990). The program being submitted by the organization must have been in existence and in operation for at least one year.

Deadline to apply: Feb. 14. Details.