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The Giving Common Nonprofit Update – January 2019 Newsletter


Local Sector News & Events

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Carrying on the Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


The Boston Foundation is proud to sponsor the longest-running event honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast will be held on January 21 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. This year’s theme is “Pledge to carry on King’s work.”


The Boston EdTalks Presents… An EdTalks Alumni Chat


Join us for an EdTalks Alumni Chat at the Boston Foundation, where past presenters from the Boston EdTalks will reflect on their experiences with the program and catch us up on how their work has evolved since presenting. Teachers and all champions of education are invited to register for the event on January 30.


Applications Open for Consult Café, Free Communications Seminar for Nonprofits


Applications for the Consult Café, an exclusive opportunity for nonprofit professionals to connect and engage with communications and marketing experts, are due January 25. Professionals who work for nonprofits with budgets of $5 million or less should apply soon.


The Consult Café will be presented by Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, The Castle Group, and Babson College on Monday, March 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Babson College in Wellesley. The keynote speaker will be Cheryl Y. Kiser, Executive Director of The Lewis Institute and The Babson Social Innovation Lab. The opening panel moderator will be Tina Martin, an award-winning television and radio reporter and host for WGBH News in Boston.



Funding Opportunities




Organizations working to benefit the LGBTQ+ community in Greater Boston are invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000 from the Equality Fund at the Boston Foundation. The Fund is seeking proposals that unmet or under-met needs, issues or problems facing LGBTQ+ populations in Massachusetts, many of which were outlined in the Boston Foundation’s 2018 Equality and Equity report. The deadline is January 25. For more insight on the Fund’s history and grant-making, check out the Giving Common’s interview with TBF’s Tim Smith, Senior Director, Philanthropy, and Elias Scanlon, Philanthropy Associate.


We encourage new and existing nonprofit organizations in Greater Boston that are not currently aligned with the strategies, goals and approaches pursued in the Foundation’s five impact areas to apply for grants through our Open Door Grants (ODG). ODG supports efforts to meet existing needs or test new ideas and innovations that address the most critical challenges and biggest opportunities facing our community. Applications are now open for the February 1 deadline.


Organizations in Cape Ann and Nashoba Valley are eligible to apply for grants from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, which funds preventive programs, direct services and new initiatives in the fields of mental health (treatment, research and suicide prevention focused on young adults), environmental protection, historic and archival preservation, and the arts. The deadline is February 8.





Organizations and programs that are positively impacting the lives of women and teen girls in the greater Boston area are invited to submit Letters of Inquiry for Womenade Boston’s grant making program. LOIs must be submitted by 5pm on January 11.

Nonprofit cultural organizations, municipalities and colleges or universities that own cultural facilities are eligible to apply to the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Applications are due by 5pm on January 11.

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 January 15.

The Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund makes grants for Boston-area programs targeting the needs of elderly, infirm, homeless, as well as for programs addressing issues related to education, social justice, economic opportunity, and reproductive health. The next upcoming deadline is January 15.

The Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for its Organizational Grants, which support programs that directly promote health in the community. Letters of intent must be submitted by January 15.

The Franklin Square House Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for its 2019 Housing and Shelter Funding Round. The deadline is January 16.

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for its Systems and Best Practices and Collaboration and Community Engagement funds until January 23. Visit the Foundation website to apply.

Jane’s Trust awards project, operating, and capital grants in the areas of Arts and Culture Education, and the Environment in northern New England, as well as Health and Welfare in greater Boston and in southwest and central Florida. The next deadline for concept papers is January 25.

The LEF Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry for its Moving Image Fund, which supports the creation of new work by New England-based documentary filmmakers. Applications will be accepted until January 25.




The Barr Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals for its Engage New England initiative, which will support the design of schools focused on connecting students off track to graduate to success in high school and beyond. Proposals must be received by February 1.

The next deadline for the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation’s Small Capital Grants Program, which supports one-time capital expenses of $10,000-$50,000, is February 7.




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 the city of Brookline a welcoming and inclusive community where the rights of all community members are upheld and protected.

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 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 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.


Community Events and Webinars


Live Trainings

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Is your organization interested in accessing solar energy incentives? Big Roof Solar and Resonant Energy will hold a workshop for nonprofits on January 23 at the First Congregational Church in Melrose.


On January 24, Join Lawyers Clearinghouse, Holland & Knight, and Exponentum for a Fiscal Governance Compliance Check-up Clinic for Nonprofits to assess and improve your organization’s governance systems and financial practices.


Eastern Bank and Empower Success Corps (ESC) will host a workshop on Starting and Managing an Endowment for Your Nonprofit on January 30.


On January 31, Tech Networks of Boston will host a roundtable on Best Practices for Selecting a Case Management Platform. Nonprofits are invited to apply for scholarships for the session no later than January 11.


The Internal Revenue Service reminds nonprofits that they can access a number of free videos to inform themselves about key issues like reinstating nonprofit status, fundraising guidelines, and 990 filing tips.




An Economy for Everyone: Bold Strategies to Build Racial and Economic Equity – January 14


Social Media 101 for Nonprofits – January 22


Introduction to Finding Grants – January 23


3 Steps to Effective Storytelling to Grow Your Memberships – January 29


Tell a Good Story: Crafting Mission Statements and Messages – January 29








Reminder: Giving Common/Guidestar Transfers Temporarily Paused


The Giving Common is temporarily pausing transfers to profiles. We are working to update the data sharing framework between the two platforms to ensure alignment and creating a plan to make one login for both platforms – removing the need for transfers all together.


For now, please be sure to update both platforms separately. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, and thank you for your patience.


What We’re Reading/Listening To




phone with headphonesWe’re big podcast fans at the Giving Common!
We’re excited to share some of our favorite and the most recommended podcasts for nonprofit and fundraising professionals:


Futures in Fundraising – Alexander Haas



Hubcast – Nonprofit Hub



Nonprofits Are Messy – Joan Garry


Tiny Spark – The Nonprofit Quarterly


sgENGAGE – Blackbaud