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Members InfoNet                                   August 4, 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
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.
Tufts Health Plan Foundation Releases Report on Dementia-Friendly Activities Across the Commonwealth
Tufts Health Plan Foundation  released  Report on Demographics, Programs, and Services for an Age- and Dementia-Friendly Commonwealth: What We Have and What We Need . The report provides a comprehensive look at the current activities and resources in place to support populations over 65 years old and those living with dementia and their caregivers.  The report offers recommendations for building age- and dementia-friendly communities,identifies gaps in resources for this growing population and includes strategies to increase those supports.

"One of the recommendations in the report is to be deliberate in coordinating efforts between age-friendly and dementia-friendly initiatives," said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan. "By working together, we are stronger in providing what communities need." Moreno Cargie was recently named by Governor Charlie Baker to the first Governor's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts.

By 2030, more than one-quarter of New England residents will be 60 years or older. Life expectancy for most adults has gone up almost 30 years since the 1900's. This longevity bonus creates exciting opportunities and significant challenges for individuals and the Commonwealth in general. One of the most significant age-related conditions is dementia. The statewide dementia rate for adults age 65 and older is 14 percent, with the rate in some Massachusetts communities exceeding 20 percent. 
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.
Funders for LGBTQ Respond to Trump's Anti-Trans Statements & The Philanthropic Community
On July 26, 2017, President Donald Trump tweeted that, at his direction as Commander in Chief, the United States will no longer "accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military."

Funders for LGBTQ Issues strongly condemns this discriminatory and ill-informed statement as a baseless attack on transgender people. While the implications and legality of his statement remain unclear, if enacted it would make our country less safe. It is wrong and cruel for the president to single out transgender people for differential treatment - just as it has been wrong and cruel for him to target immigrants, Muslims, and other vulnerable communities.

As a network of foundations and corporations that annually awards more than $1 billion to improve the lives of all people, we call on this administration and Congress to honor and protect our active trans service members who are bravely and honorably serving our country - openly so for the last year, without causing any significant disruptions.
The National Center for Transgender Equality estimates that there are more than 15,000 active transgender service members and more than 134,000 transgender veterans. Trump's proposed transgender military ban would negatively impact our military and dishonor trans veterans who have already sacrificed a great deal for their country.
United Philanthropy Forum (formerly the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers) Reveals New Name and Look!
United Philanthropy Forum, formerly the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers of which AGM is a proud member, has unveiled a new name and new visual identity to reflect a transformed organization. In addition, AGM's CEO, Jeff Poulos has taken on the role of Board Chair during this exciting time at the Forum.

United Philanthropy Forum is an inclusive, national network that actively supports and strengthens the field of philanthropy to benefit communities and improve lives throughout the country.  The Forum brings together regional philanthropy-serving organizations' (PSOs') deep regional roots and connections with national PSOs' rich content knowledge and extensive reach. With a membership of 60 regional and national PSOs and growing, the Forum represents more than 7,000 foundations and other philanthropic organizations.
Philanthropy's infrastructure comes together through the United Philanthropy Network - the largest network serving philanthropy in America.
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.
The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation's 2016 Annual Highlights
The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation released its Annual Highlights for 2016. The Foundation  awarded many grants, improved its grantmaking practice and, expanded its partner base. In 2016 it amplifyied its efforts to address substance use disorders throughout Tower Regions.
View the report online
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.
ACCP Conference 2018 Announces its Call for Speakers
The ACCP Conference 2018 planning is in full swing! The ACCP Conference links Corporate Responsibility professionals to thought leaders and subject matter experts. The RFP process is what allows them to bring the best speakers offering the most relevant and timely topics each year. Please consider submitting a proposal. For more information, please visit Call for Speakers page  and to download the Request for Proposal form.
AGM Announces New Senior Director of Programs
AGM is pleased to announce Alex McCray will be joining our team as its new Senior Director of Programs. Alex will be responsible for our Member programs and overseeing the Summer Fund Program.  
With a career in the nonprofit sector that spans 20 years, most recently Alex McCray served in a Resource Development capacity at both the United Way of Greater Plymouth County and the United Way of Rhode Island. Prior to his work within that network, Alex was a Senior Associate at Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), helping to strengthen nonprofits and enabling social sector leaders to make sound strategic decisions.

In addition to raising funds and consulting, Alex has held program management and marketing roles within youth, workforce development and arts-focused nonprofits. For four years Alex gained a grantmaker's perspective in his position as a Grant Programs Associate at the Rhode Island Foundation, where he continues to serve on an Advisory Council. In 2017 Alex joined the Board of Directors of Project STEP, and became a Big Brother again.

Alex received his M.S. Nonprofit Management - Leadership, from Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies (CPS) in 2012, where he now serves as a Lecturer. Alex was awarded his B.A. in Economics from Bowdoin College. He will be joining AGM on August 15th. On your next visit to our office, please be sure to say hello.  
New Summer Fund Program Manager Announced
AGM's Jannie Kitchen has been promoted to Summer Fund Program  Manager. In just under a year, Jannie  has proven to be a highly capable, detail oriented and efficient team member. We are thrilled to have Jannie share her skills and talents with the Summer Fund team. 
"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
This issue brief helps families understand how to best involve multiple generations in their work. It includes information on why you should involve the entire family in your giving, strategies for incorporating younger generations into your foundation's work, common challenges and expert approaches, tips for on boarding new generations into your foundation, and suggestions for next generation family members who are getting involved in their families' philanthropy.
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.  
Richi Childhood Cancer Foundation 
What impact is your organization having in Massachusetts? 
We are focused on ensuring that all children and adolescents who suffer from cancer have the best prognosis and quality of life thanks to the programs we are running in Massachusetts : Richi House
What is the one thing you wish everyone knew about your organization? 
Our disruptive model to get financed. Unlike other non-profit organizations, we do NOT need to allocate a percentage of received donations to cover overhead costs. We have launched a series of initiatives that not only allow us to fund ourselves but also ensure that 100% of received donations are allocated entirely to fulfilling our mission.
What is the most rewarding part of the work your organization does?
The impact we generate thanks to our programs. Richi Research allows us, in a new approach, to identify and invest in research, development and innovation in pediatric oncology. With Richi House we are able to overcome social isolation of patients and families by providing a non-clinical community center close to pediatric cancer hospitals, planning the first one in Boston. And in Richi Expertise, we partner with prestigious institutions in pediatric oncology from Boston to empower worldwide hospitals with the resources necessary to achieve a higher level of expertise in pediatric oncology.
What is your organization's greatest asset?
Our initiatives, they help us add value to society beyond our cause while building empathy for our mission:
Richi Social Entrepreneurs - focused on fostering social impact and entrepreneurship
Richi Talent - enriching the learning process of young talent
Richi Innovation Camp - providing a transformative experience to pre-university students, and
Richi Music - promoting culture through music.
What are three words you would use to describe your organization?
Pediatric Oncology, Research, and Social-economic development.
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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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United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
DRIVE Program Manager

The Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts
Development Associate   
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:

Deadline: August 18, 2017

The mission of the  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation is to expand access to health care for low-income and vulnerable people in the Commonwealth. To that end, the foundation collaborates with public and private organizations to broaden health coverage and reduce barriers to care through grants, research, and policy initiatives.

Through its Special Initiatives program, the foundation awards one-year grants of up to $50,000 in support of innovative initiatives in Massachusetts that expand access to health care for low-income consumers and that complement the objectives of the foundation's other grant programs. Preference will be given to programs aimed at protecting the availability of coverage and care for the most vulnerable people in the state and/or that support linkages between social services and health care that help to improve outcomes for residents. Grants are one-time and non-renewable.
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