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The Giving Common Nonprofit Update – May 2019 Newsletter

Sector Highlights

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Social Innovator Showcase

The Social Innovation Forum invites you to meet its 2018 cohort and hear their solutions to our community’s toughest social issues at Social Innovator Showcase on May 14 at MIT.

Winners Take All: A Conversation with Christopher Lydon

Join New England International Donors for a thought-provoking conversation about the must-read book Winner Takes All by Anand Giridharadas, moderated by WBUR Radio Host of Open Source Chris Lydon. The event will take place at the Boston Foundation on May 20.

Leading with Intent

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Every other year, BoardSource surveys nonprofit leaders for trends in board leadership and governance through its Leading with Intent reports. Nonprofit chief executives and board chairs are invited to share their experiences for the 2019 report, which will provide valuable data and insights that will help strengthen the entire sector. The deadline to complete the survey is May 24.

HBS Community Action Partners Accepting Applications

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The Harvard Business School Community Action Partners (CAP) program is now seeking nonprofit clients for its fall 2019 pro bono consulting projects.

CAP marshals more than 100 HBS and Harvard Kennedy School alumni each year to volunteer consulting services to a select group of Boston area nonprofits. The application deadline is June 1.

#MAking a Difference: Nonprofit Awareness Day

It’s that time of year again! June 3 is Nonprofit Awareness Day in Massachusetts. Hundreds of nonprofit, government and business leaders will come together at the State House for Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s annual Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence, presented by Citizens Bank.

You can also join the social media campaign tell the community how your nonprofit is #MAkingadifference.

Globe Article Highlights Impact of Surging Rent Costs On Nonprofits

Last month, the Boston Globe published an article entitled Nonprofits are being squeezed out of Boston offices as rents surge, highlighting how major nonprofits like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and Jane Doe Inc are being forced out their offices due to rising rent costs. 

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Business Equity Fund

Orlando Watkins, Vice President for Programs, highlights the Boston Foundation’s efforts to provide capital funding for entrepreneurs of color through its Business Equity Fund. 

Giving Done Right

On April 23, the Boston Foundation hosted Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) CEO Phil Buchanan for a Q&A session on his new book, Giving Done Right.

For a preview of the book, check out Phil’s post on the CEP blog.

Opening Doors for Community Philanthropy

In an opinion piece featured on the TBF blog and in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, President and CEO Paul Grogan sheds some light on the Boston Foundation’s move to be more open to nonprofits previously been shut out of funding opportunities.

Funding Opportunities


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The Boston Foundation invites applications from place-based organizations in the Boston region to enter the inaugural cohort of the Place Leadership Network. Applications are due by 6:00 pm EDT on May 20. For more information, please contact F. Philip Barash.

To learn more about the importance of the design of public spaces in the Commonwealth, check out F. Philip’s blog post on


  • The George B. Henderson Foundation’s grants provide support for projects focused on the enhancement of the appearance and preservation of outdoor elements in the city of Boston. The next funding deadline is May 10.
  • The Sasaki Foundation is calling for proposals for its resilience design grants program, which supports ideas on how to tackle climate adaptation, housing or transit inequities or displacement of residents, or how to foster community building. Proposals will be accepted until May 10.
  • The VIA Art Fund and Wagner Foundation are partnering to establish an Incubator Grant Fund which will award unrestricted funding to small to mid-sized nonprofit visual arts organizations throughout the United States. The application deadline is May 10.
  • The Roy A. Hunt Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry for its grant making programs. The next deadline is May 13.
  • The Davis Educational Foundation supports undergraduate programs of public and private, regionally accredited, baccalaureate degree granting colleges and universities throughout the six New England states. Applications for the Presidential Grant Program are due May 15.
  • The Institution for Savings awards funds to organizations in Cape Ann, Beverly, and the surrounding communities through its Main Street Rockport Charitable Foundation. The application deadline is May 15.
  • The Liberty Mutual Foundation will award grants to Boston nonprofit organizations with proven positive results in creating and expanding academic opportunities for youth through its Education Initiative. Applications will be accepted until May 15.
  • The Peter and Elizabeth Tower Foundation supports organizations serving individuals with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, mental health, and substance use disorders in Barnstable, Dukes, Essex, and Nantucket Counties. The next application cycle ends May 15.
  • The City of Boston is offering a limited number of grants intended to support recurring events and programs that create opportunities for artists in Boston. Applications must be received by May 17.
  • The Greater Worcester Community Foundation invites nonprofits to apply for funding from the Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger. Applications are due May 17.
  • The Gladys Brooks Foundation is accepting grant proposals for innovative projects in the fields of libraries, education, hospitals and clinics. The period for submitting a Grant Proposal Letter ends May 31. 
  • The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation supports organizations that focus on vital community needs and issues centered on children and their families. Organizations serving these populations are invited to apply by the deadline on May 31.


  • The George W. Wells Foundation promotes quality educational, human services and healthcare programming for underserved populations in Southbridge, Massachusetts and its surrounding communities. The application deadline is June 1.
  • The Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation supports organizations or programs that provide support for underserved or under-represented populations to prepare for, access and succeed in higher education. The next application deadline is June 1.
  • People’s United Bank invites applications for its Community Grant Program and Malden Community Fund Program. Applications will be accepted until June 1.
  • The Bill Belichick Foundation recognizes deserving athletic communities or organizations in need of financial support, with a special focus on football and lacrosse programs. Applications must be submitted by June 15.
  • Mass Humanities is accepting LOIs for its Research Inventory Grants, which supports the efforts of small organizations to identify and organize the contents of their historical collections. The deadline is June 17.
  • The Administration on Children, Youth and Families invites organizations to apply for its Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families grant, with a deadline of June 11, and the Ethnic Community Self Help Program, with a deadline of June 18.
  • Bank of America is accepting applications for its grant programs supporting affordable housing, community revitalization, arts, and the environment. The deadline is June 28.


  • The A. C. Ratshesky Foundation invites applications from organizations that support economically disadvantaged individuals and families, with a special interest in family partnering in early education, employment and self-sufficiency, and active learning for preteens and teens. The application deadline is July 1.
  • The Amelia Peabody Foundation supports positive learning experiences for materially disadvantaged young people living in the cities and towns of Massachusetts. The next application deadline is July 9.
  • The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation makes grants that benefit the city of Lowell and its residents. The Foundation’s next deadline is July 15.


  • The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust supports nonprofit organizations that help those in need in the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Grant-making is currently focused on the areas of health and welfare, as well as dental and oral health.
  • Belmont Savings Bank Foundation supports not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other organizations as a way of adding to the quality of life for people living in the Community in which Belmont Savings Bank serves. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • The Biogen Foundation is committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that focus on providing access to hands-on science education, teacher development opportunities in science, college readiness and support, and basic social needs.
  • The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation‘s Catalyst Fund supports the efforts of community-based healthcare organizations to strengthen their capacity and expand access to health care in Massachusetts. The fund awards one-year, non-renewable grants of up to $5,000 for capacity-building initiatives and projects.
  • The Brookline Community Foundation is a resource for organizations seeking immediate funding to support initiatives intended to make Brookline a welcoming and inclusive community where the rights of all community members are upheld and protected.
  • DCU for Kids is proud to help organizations with deserving causes and charities benefitting children and families.
  • Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation currently accepts 3 types of grant requests: Community Grants, CITC Grants and Neighborhood Grants.
  • The Fidelity Foundation supports non-profit organizations making high impact in community and social services; museums, historical, and other cultural organizations; financial literacy and educational institutions.
  • The Fields Pond Foundation provides grants to community-based nature and land conservation organizations that serve to increase environmental awareness by involving local residents in conservation issues.
  • The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation is a private family foundation established in 1970, dedicated to the promotion of cultural, educational and religious organizations throughout Hampden County. The Foundation continues to make grants in a wide variety of fields.
  • The John Leopold Weil and Geraldine Rickard Weil Memorial Charitable Foundation, accepts applications on a monthly basis from charitable organizations that work to improve the mental health of children.
  • The Kresge Foundation’s Human Services Program supports the advancement of human services to accelerate social and economic mobility in America’s cities. The focus is on helping groundbreaking ideas enter the mainstream at the state and national level and encouraging collaboration across multiple sectors. Nonprofit organizations and government entities are eligible to apply throughout the year.
  • The Schrafft Charitable Trust awards grants to nonprofit organizations involved with the education of disadvantaged youth in the city of Boston. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • The Sheehan Family Foundation accepts grant requests from environmental and education programs in Massachusetts.
  • The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation will consider requests for support for transformative capital projects in the $250,000-$3 million range from agencies that are well-led, can point to significant accomplishment, and have a mission that is clearly aligned with that of the Foundation.
  • The State Street Foundation supports high-performing nonprofits that are providing measurable results in education and workforce development for disadvantaged populations.
  • Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded by the TD Charitable Foundation to eligible community-based organizations for employees to attend approved classes/courses that will enhance their job performance.
  • For 20 years, Third Wave has funded cutting-edge youth-led activism across the United States, and has supported emerging organizations that lack access to philanthropy. The Mobilize Power Fund is a rapid response fund for gender justice activism, action, and community mobilization. Applications are taken year-round and reviewed on the 15th of each month.
  • The Vela Foundation is a private grant-making foundation dedicated to promoting improved nutrition and wellness.  Vela supports entrepreneurial programs that provide nutrition education and improve access to healthy foods.

Events, Webinars & Workshops

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Live Trainings

May 14Direct Mail & Email – Nuts & Bolts

May 22 Setting Your Path – Elements of A Successful Strategic Plan

May 21 – Staff Transitions – Are You Covering Your Bases When Employees Leave Your Organization?

May 28 – CORI: What Nonprofits Need to Know to Help Their Clients


May 11Community Call with Tech Experts: Get Answers and Resources to Move Your Organization Forward

May 14How to Promote Your Online Fundraising Campaign with Julia Campbell

May 14Tips for Navigating in Today’s Data-Driven World

May 15The Frontiers of Fundraising

May 21The Essentials: Fundraising on Facebook + Instagram Donation Sticker

May 21Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook

May 23 – Charity Culture: Five Tips to Achieve Positive Culture Change

May 23 – Flash Class: Stories That Raise Money – 3 Strategies Your Nonprofit Should Be Using with Vanessa Chase Lockshin

May 23 – SWOT’s Up? How to Do a Strategic Self-Audit of Nonprofit Strengths & Weaknesses

May 29 – Introduction to Finding Grants

May 30 – How Do I Convince My Boss? Why Breaking through the Ignorance Ceiling is Essential

June 4 Creating a High Impact Nonprofit Landing Page That Skyrockets Growth

June 11 10 Social Media Strategies That Increase Engagement and Inspire Donors

June 12 – Introduction to Proposal Writing

What We’re Reading

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Philanthropy is at a Turning Point. Here Are 6 Ways It Could Go.

Why Inclusive Leaders Are Good for Organizations, and How to Become One

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Change Can Wait? The Privilege of Waiting

The Case of the Hidden Development Staff

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Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

Why It’s Time to Stop Calling Ourselves ‘Not-For-Profits’

If You’re Feeling Hopeless of Late, Remember That Your Work Matters and You Do Too

The Mistake Companies Make When They Use Data to Plan Diversity Efforts

Tips and Tools for Effectively Measuring Your Work

How and Why Nonprofits Need to Think Differently

The Ethics of Storytelling, Or How Not To Exploit People

So You Don’t Think Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Are Relevant to Your Mission

Are We Making the Right Kind of Difference?

In a World of Fewer Donors, What Should Your Organization Do?