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The Giving Common Nonprofit Update – November 2018 Newsletter

Giving Common Updates


#GivingTuesday Fee Coverage

The Boston Foundation is pleased to once again support #GivingTuesday by covering all credit card processing fees for donations made through the Giving Common on November 27!

This is also a great time to make sure your nonprofit’s profile is up to date. Log in here to edit your profile. If you have any questions about updating your profile, need to reset your login, or cannot find your nonprofit’s profile on the site, please reach out – we are happy to assist.

Please note that on November 27 (from 12:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.), you will notice that your profile’s blue Donate tab looks a little different, with language informing your donors about the fee coverage.

Guidestar Transfers

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.


Local Sector News & Events


Landscape Scan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultants & Programs


The Boston Foundation is seeking an experienced consultant to conduct a landscape scan of local consultants and programs that support organizational diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within Greater Boston nonprofits. Proposals are due November 16.


Fundraising Day in Boston


Associated Fundraising Professionals is hosting an all-day conference on November 28 at the Marriott Boston Copley Place, with breakout sessions on annual giving, talent management, major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, research and data analytics, and more.


Meet-the-Donors: Community Development


On December 13, Philanthropy Massachusetts will hosta Meet-the-Donors event focused on various aspects of community development. The Boston Foundation’s Soni Gupta, Director, Neighborhoods & Housing, will be a panelist along with representatives from the Barr Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Merck Family Fund, and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs.



Funding Opportunities




Open Door Grants


Join us for a conversation about the Open Door Grants program at one of our upcoming info sessions. Boston Foundation staff will be available to answer questions and discuss the application and review processes. The Open Door Grants program supports new or existing nonprofit organizations in their efforts to meet present needs or test new ideas and innovations that address the most critical challenges and opportunities facing the people of Greater Boston. For more information and to register click here.




The NewSchools Venture Fund is accepting applications to its Innovative Schools program, which invests in teams of educators planning to launch new nonprofit public schools that prepare young people to finish high school prepared and inspired to create and live the lives they want. Planning grants of $200,000 will be provided; at the end of the planning phase, teams may apply for an investment that would support their first two to three years of operation. The application deadline is November 26.

The Rural Health Network Development Planning Program supports the development of integrated healthcare networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole. The application deadline is November 30.

The Renewal Awards program, sponsored by The Atlantic and the Allstate Insurance Company, was created to celebrate the social innovation demonstrated by nonprofit organizations that are finding creative solutions to America’s most pressing problems. The nomination deadline is November 30.



The Frank W. and Carl S. Adams Memorial Fund is accepting grant proposals for “high-touch” programs that support and promote quality educational, human services and health care programming for under-served populations. The deadline is December 1.

Farm Credit East is currently is accepting applications to the Farm Credit AgEnhancement Grant program, which supports organizations promoting awareness of and strengthening agriculture, commercial fishing, and forest products in New England, New Jersey and New York. Applications are due December 1.

The Island Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, with a specific focus on New Bedford, MA. Eligible organizations are working in the areas of environmental conservation and alternative education. The Foundation also supports a small number of organizations internationally. The next application deadline is December 1.

Applications are now open for the spring 2019 Thousand Currents Academy, a weeklong personal transformation training for social change agents mobilizing resources for grassroots solutions in Sonoma, CA. Applications are due by December 1.

The Clipper Ship Foundation is accepting Concept Papers from organizations serving: individuals and families experiencing or at risk for homelessness; youth entering, in or aging out of the foster care system; and/or youth ages 16-24 who are neither employed nor in school, in Greater Boston (defined as cities and towns on or within Route 128) and the cities of Lawrence and Brockton. The deadline is December 2.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Competitive Capital Program is designed to provide grants for capital projects that support the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts by enabling and supporting life sciences workforce development and training, research and development, commercialization and/or manufacturing in the Commonwealth. Applications are due on December 5.

The Philanthropy Connection is accepting Letters of Intent for its 2018-2019 grant cycle. Submissions must be received by 5pm on December 10 in order to be considered.

The American Association of University Women is accepting applications for its Community Action Grants Program. The program offers one-year grants of up to $7,000 to support community-based projects and two-year grants of up to $10,000 to provide start-up funds for new projects that address the particular needs of the community and provide leadership and advocacy opportunities for girls. The application deadline is December 11.

The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation awards grants related to patient breast care and medical education. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for grants in five priority areas: education, travel, conference, research, and humanism in medicine. Applications are due December 14.

The Epilepsy Foundation has announced its eighth annual epilepsy “Shark Tank” competition for the most innovative ideas in epilepsy and seizure treatment and care. Selected finalists will receive international recognition and compete for grants totaling $200,000. Please submit your LOI by December 14.

The American Mathematical Society’s AMS Epsilon Fund Grants for Young Scholars Programs awards grants of up to $15,000 in support of existing summer mathematics programs for mathematically talented high school students. The proposal deadline is December 15.

Temper of the Times Foundation provides funds to underwrite advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States. The application deadline is December 17.



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.

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 Agnes M. Lindsay Trust supports nonprofit organizations that help those in need in the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Grantmaking 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 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.

TJX Foundation accepts LOIs on a rolling basis for programs that provide basic needs (food, clothing, and shelter), access to opportunities outside of school that enable school success for at-risk youth, workforce readiness training for at-risk youth, and/or safety from domestic violence.

The Vela Foundation is a private grantmaking 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


Learn what it takes to measure and fund positive social change – from both the funder and nonprofit perspective. Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Federal Reserve Bank of San FranciscoNonprofit Finance Fund and Philanthropy Massachusetts will host Invest in Results because Outcomes Matter on November 27.

Join Massachusetts Service Alliance for Affordable Marketing for Nonprofits on December 4.

Lawyers Clearinghouse will provide free legal counsel on policies important to the legal health of your organization at Clinic in a Box: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Workplace Discrimination, and Related Crisis Management on December 5.

Learn how to influence the trajectory of your team and organization and help create the conditions for success with Nonprofit Net at Driving Change in Your Organization—Whether You Have the Authority or Not on December 11. 

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) will host a Roundtable on Integrating Project and Change Management for Nonprofits on December 13. Full scholarships are available; apply by November 23 to be considered.




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