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Additional Resources for Nonprofits

In addition to grantmaking throughout Greater Boston the Boston Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and leaders through a range of work designed to enhance the long-term vitality of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector.  The Nonprofit Effectiveness Group at the Boston Foundation focuses on:

  • Helping to build the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations and leaders
  • Promoting and supporting strategic collaboration within the nonprofit sector and with public and private partners
  • Facilitating a deeper understanding of nonprofits throughout Massachusetts and encouraging strategic philanthropy

Following are some additional resources available to nonprofits:

The Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits, a funder collaborative, is a source of financial and technical advisory support as a catalyst for promising voluntary collaborative ventures and mergers among nonprofit organizations.

The Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership, educates, supports and connects the next generation of nonprofit leaders.  In addition to its cornerstone Certificate Program the Institute conducts research and supports a burgeoning network of practitioners through fellowships, teaching and mentoring opportunities and access to university resources.

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, works to strengthen the nonprofit sector in the Commonwealth through advocacy, public awareness and capacity building services.

The Boston Foundation has published the two most comprehensive studies ever conducted of the nonprofit sector in Massachusetts.  The first, titled Passion & Purpose and released in 2008, identified the sector’s expansive range of organizations and roles, while issuing a “call to action” to address the weaknesses in the sector.  In June of 2012, Passion & Purpose Revisited looked at the financial roller coaster nonprofits have been on since the economic downturn.

The Vision Fund is a small grants program that provides short term funding to help nonprofits develop leadership and build capacity to increase organizational impact and effectiveness.

The Boston Foundation also welcomes nonprofit organizations to use our conference room space free of charge.

For more information on the Nonprofit Effectiveness Group at the Boston Foundation please contact Stephanie Guidry [email protected]; 617-338-4508.