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Members InfoNet                                 August 18, 2017
AGM's Members' InfoNet showcases upcoming programs, the good works of philanthropy in our region, highlights the efforts of AGM members, and provides philanthropic resources to the sector. Please share your organization's news with Gail Pinkham, AGM's senior director of communications.
New to Community Foundations?
Community Foundation Boot Camp- Boston
Still some open seats!
Monday & Tuesday, August 29-30, 2017
8:00am - 5:00pm

Location: Federal Reserve Plaza, 600 Atlantic Ave, Boston

The two-day Community Foundation Boot Camp program offers a comprehensive overview of the structure and operations  of a community foundation.  It is an ideal in-depth introduction to community foundations for new community foundation staff, community foundation board members, or other community foundation staff looking for a good refresher.  Topics covered include:
  • History, purpose
  • Board governance
  • Gifts and funds
  • Asset development
  • Grantmaking
  • Community leadership
  • Finance and investments
  • Legal Issues
  • Operational sustainability
  • Lifecycles of community foundations
United Philanthropy Forum, (formerly The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers) is offering this program at a member rate to any community foundation that is a member of one of the  Forum's m embers . The training will be provided by our colleagues at the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA).  IPA, thanks to ongoing support from Lilly Endowment Inc., offers a training and technical assistance program for community foundations, known as GIFT, and has a comprehensive curriculum and experienced trainers.
Great Funder-Nonprofit Relationships
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
8:30am - 12:00pm

Location: The NonProfit Center, 89 South Street,  2nd Fl, Boston

In collaboration with the National Council of Nonprofits, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and Associated Grant Makers, we invite you to join nonprofits and funders alike for a half-day of facilitated programming dedicated to helping everyone build better working relationships and increase the impact of their work. 
Attendees can expect an interview-style program elevating a model funder-grantee relationship and separate breakout programming for both funders and nonprofits to share tips, model feedback loops, and provide practical guidance for each audience on the steps they can take to influence the relationship.

Who Should Attend:
Funding organizations: Those most involved with grantmaking (executive directors, trustees and key funding staff).
Nonprofit organizations: Those responsible for funder relationships (executive directors are strongly encouraged to attend; senior development staff are welcome if the executive director is unavailable).

This is a complimentary program, but we do ask that you pre-register. By registering for this program, participants are agreeing to the Exponent Philanthropy Participant Guidelines . We have waived the eligibility guidelines for this program, but the non-solicitation policy still applies.
Getting to Know Your Local Landscape - An Informational Breakfast with AGM and EPIP
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
8:30am - 9:30am

Location: Associated Grant Makers, 133 Federal Street, Suite 802, Boston

New to your role in your foundation or grant making organization?  Or new to the Greater Boston Area?  Then please join  Associated Grant Makers (AGM) and  Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) for an informational and conversational breakfast meeting. coffee_mug_bean.jpg
The morning will include an overview and context of our region's philanthropy, AAGM and EPIP's role and how we can be of service in your position, and an opportunity to surface questions and build relationships with fellow grantmakers and funders.
Hosted by Jeff Poulos, Executive Director of Associated Grant Makers and featuring special guests Klare Shaw, Director of Programs for the Liberty Mutual Foundation, and Mary Phillipsfounding director and President of GMA Foundations.
2017 Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce Compensation and Benefits Report Released
TSNE MissionWorks released data from its 2017 Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce : Compensation and Benefits Survey of Nonprofits in Southern New England and Westchester County, NY. The survey is a multi-state survey based on data reported by a range of nonprofits, and with job descriptions specific to the region's nonprofit sector. The survey found that there continue to be gender equity gaps in nonprofit compensation structures. It also confirmed an on-going lack of diversity in the sector's senior leadership and in mid-level managerial roles that often provide pipelines to identify and develop staff to move into leadership positions.

The survey compensation findings, which are available in a searchable salary database as well as in the full downloadable compensation and benefits report,  is compiled from information reported by 342 nonprofit organizations that completed the survey, contributing data on more than 35,000 individual salaries that were categorized into 171 job descriptions, ranging from Executive Director/CEO, to Program Manager, to Case Worker, and Volunteer Coordinator.
BEF Meeting: School Choice and Quality in Boston
September 12, 2017 at 10:30am - 12:00pm 
Location: The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington St, 3rd Floor, Boston
Boston Ed Funders (BEF) is hosting its first meeting of the new program year, Tuesday, September 12 from 10:30-noon at The Boston Foundation. The meeting  will focus on School Choice and Quality in Boston. Since January 2017, the Boston Schools Fund has worked with Harvard researchers and local opinion firms to conduct polling, focus groups, and one-on-one interviews to better understand why and how Boston parents select schools. Will Austin will share the findings of the project and lead a discussion of implications of the data, including the creation of tools to support families in school choice. The Boston School Quality Framework will also be discussed.
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A Chance to Spotlight Your Foundation's Commitment to Rural Communities
A new project sponsored by Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is looking for inspiring examples of philanthropy's role in promoting healthy, equitable rural communities.

The Rural Philanthropic Analysis is an 18-month exploration focused on the health and well-being of rural America. It represents a unique opportunity in time to elevate the work of Southern rural funders across any program sector and frame how national funders might best work with their local and regional colleagues.  The project seeks to highlight rural work that has a long-term strategy and involves creative and innovative intersections of funders, community, government and non-profits. The learning trajectory includes phone interviews and possibly site visits and lots of individual referrals.
If you would like to start a discussion to be part of the Rural Philanthropic Analysis, please email Program Coordinator Jonathan Rine.
Family Foundation Webinar Series for AGM Members
Join colleagues from across the Midwest and beyond for four webinars designed for staff and/or trustees affiliated with non- or small-staffed family foundations eager to find new ways of thinking smarter and performing better when it comes to their grantmaking. Programs include the following:
This webinar series is presented in collaboration with Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA), Philanthropy Ohio (POH), Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) and Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF). Together, these regional associations hope to harness and share the collective expertise of each state's leading philanthropic organizations and trusted community partners. 

To register: Set up an account with the Council of Michigan Foundation to purchase the webinars you wish to view. 
Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) Annual Conference
October 18-20, 2017
The Westin Copley Place, Boston
Every year, the Grantmakers in Aging Annual Conference convenes the top minds in aging. The theme of our conference is Gaining Momentum for an Aging Society. It is a place that inspires real and lasting change. Come together for three days to discuss the latest issues, delve into possible solutions, and develop connections to help create widespread change for the future. Issues to be covered are on everyone's minds, including funding for age-friendly communities, the future of the home care workforce, and rural aging. Arguably its most diverse agenda ever, sessions range from artful aging and the power of storytelling, to equity in the Latino community, to why compassionate care is important. And don't forget the offsite excursions! They''ll explore the Green House Model in Chelsea and the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly to get a glimpse at how these innovative programs benefit older adults every day.

Who should attend:   Any organization eligible for GIA membership is eligible to attend the annual conference. This includes donors, trustees, staff, and consultants of foundations, corporate giving programs, and public charities. If you would like to attend the conference but are not a staff member or trustee of a grantmaking organization, please email Maria Gonzales Jackson More>> 
2017 Ruderman Inclusion Summit
November 19-20, 2017
Seaport World Trade Center
The Ruderman Inclusion Summit will bring together all stakeholders in the civil rights, disability, and inclusion community, as well as social justice advocates, employers, faith leaders, and more. Over 1,000 attendees from around the world will gather in order to foster the sharing of best practices, increased awareness and advocacy skills, networking, and motivation to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities. The Summit will feature nationally recognized leaders in the field, speaking and engaging with attendees on the critical issues of education, housing, employment, community and advocacy.
Associated Grant Makers' Special Meeting & Proxy Vote
September 19, 2017 at 5:15pm
Location: Associated Grant Makers, 133 Federal St.,
Suite 802, Boston
AGM Primary Contacts will be receiving an email on Monday, August 21st with the following announcement:
A Special Meeting of the Members will be held TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th at 5:15pm at Associated Grant Makers' office to elect members to the board of directors.

If the Primary Contact or a representative from your organization cannot attend, please download the Proxy Form and return it via email to Ann Garchinsky or mail to AGM's office. If you have any questions concerning the proxy please contact Jeff Poulos.
Thank you. 
Associated Grant Makers' Annual Report Now Available!
AGM's 2017 Annunal Report is heading to your mailbox! The report highlights AGM  programs, covenings, special initiatives, partnerships, as well as our strong financial status, services and resources offered to our Member grantmakers and Nonprofit Partners throughout 2016-2017.  If you'd like to view the report now it's also available online. 
Lydia Greene Joins Tufts Health Plan Foundation Board
Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced Lydia Greene, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Tufts Health Plan, has joined the Foundation's board of directors as a management representative. Greene has worked at Tufts Health Plan since 2004.
"Lydia has a strong commitment to community and a personal and professional passion for advancing older adults in the workplace and in their lives," said Thomas P. O'Neill, III, chairman of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation board. "She will be an asset to our board." At Tufts Health Plan, Greene is responsible for human resources, including compensation and benefits, diversity initiatives, wellness, talent acquisition and organizational development. She also oversees internal and external communications and company real estate and facilities.
A study that explores inequities in arts funding in the US. Among the chief findings, the study found that, although foundations have made efforts to be diverse and inclusive, funding overall has gotten less equitable.
"The [nonprofit] sector itself must change its culture and norms, facing its own biases about who is qualified to lead and why." This challenge comes from Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap, a report from the Building Movement Project that summarizes the findings of the organization's Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race survey. It also provides recommendations for nonprofit organizations and funders based on those findings.
Members InfoNet will feature a nonprofit organization that is demonstrating an impact in our community. The goal is to bridge connections between nonprofit organizations and grantmakers by sharing stories of work being done throughout our region.  
Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership
What impact is your organization having in Massachusetts? 
Through Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership efforts to educate and prepare first time home buyers, we are stabilizing communities and families. About 750 families complete our comprehensive training each year. Many of the families we serve are first generation home buyers. Many are new Americans. Increased home ownership promotes civic engagement. In addition to the financial benefits of home ownership, families develop a sense of pride and confidence. Since our community enjoys wide ethnic diversity, we offer our program in English, Spanish and Khmer.

What is the one thing you wish everyone knew about your organization? 
The one thing we wish everyone knew is the enormous economic our program has.  So much of our economy is driven by home buying. Lenders make loans.  Attorneys prepare legal documents. Home inspectors do inspections. Insurance companies write policies. Appraisers do appraisals. Real estate agents earn commissions. Furniture stores sell bedroom sets. Hardware stores sell lawn mowers and snow blowers and paint.
A UMass Lowell graduate student recently analyzed our data and determined that, at a minimum, 1 out of every 14 homes purchased in Lowell since 2000 was purchased by a graduate of our training program. The default rate of their mortgages was 1.4%. This compares to an overall default rate of 5.4%. This demonstrates the value of education in promoting responsible and sustainable home ownership.

What is the most rewarding part of the work your organization does?
The most rewarding part of our work is positively affecting lives. When a low or moderate income family achieves the dream of home ownership, the dynamics a family changes. The outlook for future generations improves. High school graduation rates increase. Teenage pregnancy rates decline. We provide individual financial and credit counseling for our graduates. Through this work, we are able to guide people through the process of building good credit, saving for a down payment and shopping for the most appropriate mortgage.

What is your organization's greatest asset?
Our greatest asset is the abundance of collaborative relationships that have been formed over the years. We partner with the City of Lowell, the Lowell Development & Financial Corporation, Middlesex Community College, UMass Lowell, and the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association. Dozens of real estate professionals volunteer their time and talents to help teach our workshops. These include lenders, attorneys, home inspectors and real estate agents.

What are three words you would use to describe your organization?
Transformational, Welcoming, Impactful .
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Summer Fund Donor Collaborative Allocates $980,000 to Aid Over  20,000 Youth for Summer 2017

Funding provides summer camping, job opportunities, cultural access and placement for homeless youth in the Boston region.

The Summer Fund donor collaborative, a program at Associated Grant Makers, has allocated $980,000 to support over 20,000 disadvantaged and at-risk youth, youth in homeless shelters, and those facing housing insecurities to take part in summer camping, access to cultural and arts activities, and job opportunities for summer 2017. 

Fifty-eight organizations operating at 93 sites in Greater Boston are receiving general
operating grants totaling $602,500 as part of the Summer Fund campership program.Additionally, $49,000 in support has been allocated to 25 cultural organizations that will provide subsidized field trips for over 11,000 youth this summer.

To kickoff Summer Fund 2017, Bank of America hosted as their guests 100 youth and  counselors at the New England Aquarium on June 30. Campers were treated to lunch, games and free admission to the Aquarium.

As part of the Summer Fund, the Homeless Campership Fund is providing $282,000 in support to 25 camp and shelter partners enabling families in homeless shelters and those facing housing insecurities free access for over 1,300 summer camp slots for this at-risk youth population. Sponsored by Liberty Mutual Foundation, the Homeless Campership Fund provides vulnerable children with an opportunity to experience a summer camp program in Massachusetts with their peers.

The Summer Fund also allocated $44,000 to present the Teen Leadership Initiative (TLI), in partnership with Bank of America, Boston Private Industry Council and Hale Reservation. TLI provided 150 Boston Public High School teens job training, workplace skills, leadership development and CPR training to better prepare them for success in a summer employment opportunity.  Teens who completed the trainings were eligible to be recruited and hired to work at Summer Fund supported camps and programs.
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DentaQuest Foundation
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RFP News
AGM wants to help spread the word about our Members' or affinity organizations' RFPs. We offer a searchable RFP Database to our Nonprofit Partners and we want to help them find
Post your RFP directly to our AGM database.
RFP Highlights:

Barr Foundation
Waterfront Initiative Community Engagement and Constituency-Building
Deadline: Sept 12, 2017

Barr Foundation issues RFP to support constituency-building for a great public realm along Boston's waterfront.

In May 2016, the Barr Foundation  publicly launched an initiative to support the realization of a great public realm throughout Boston's waterfront. It was out of a firm belief that today's decisions about the best use for Boston's waterfront will have lasting impact for future generations, and that a comprehensive vision with a long-term perspective is essential.
To support this priority, Barr has thus far committed $6 million to advance a vision for Boston's waterfront that:
  • Provides exceptional parks and accessible open spaces;
  • Engages and reflects the full range of Boston neighborhoods and their residents;
  • Welcomes people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities;
  • Enables responsible development that is attentive to the public's interest, design excellence, and mobility; and
  • Seamlessly addresses the critical need for resiliency and adaptation to climate change.
Grants awarded to date have principally supported Harbor-wide planning and capacity-building efforts.

As Barr looks to the next phase of its waterfront initiative, building upon the work of our current partners and the recently-released  waterfront vision by the City of Boston, they seek to elevate community- and resident-level perspectives on waterfront issues and to build constituencies focused on realizing a great public realm throughout Boston's waterfront. To that end, Barr is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to support community-based efforts that advance these goals and that embrace a long-term vision for the waterfront.
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