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Members InfoNet                                     June 23, 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, MA

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
The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is pleased to offer this program at a member rate to any community foundation that is a member of one of the  Forum's Regional Association 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.
On  June 28th  hear from advocates, funders, and researchers about how they are working to shift the public dialogue about transgender people and prevent a rollback of LGBTQ rights.  The attack on LGBTQ people is occurring quietly, but strategically. These efforts are well-funded by anti-LGBTQ groups. Early efforts to effectively counter attempts to rollback LGBTQ rights will be critical to ensure that significant ground is not lost in the fight for LGBTQ equality.
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Barr Foundation Appoints Two New Trustees
The Barr Foundation is pleased to announce the appointments of Dr. M. Lee Pelton and Dr. Susan Tierney to its Board of Trustees.
Dr. M. Lee Pelton
Elected to three-year terms beginning September 2017, they will join Barr's founding trustees, Barbara and Amos Hostetter, and president, Jim Canales. Pelton and Tierney bring a broad range of expertise, both in and beyond Barr's focus areas, in addition to significant experience in leadership and governance. They will play a pivotal role as the Foundation deploys the largest grantmaking budget in its history this year.

"As Barr has grown, as its work has matured, and with ambitious new strategies for advancing a set of critical issues over the
Dr. Susan Tierney
long-term,  we have recognized the importance of expanding governance beyond the founding family," said Barbara W. Hostetter , co-founder and board chair of the Barr  Foundation. "We were pleased to invite Jim Canales to join us as president and trustee in 2014, and now, at a time when the challenges and urgency of progress are greater than ever, we look forward to this first step in broadening Barr's governance, and to the considerable experience and wisdom Sue  and Lee will bring to the Foundation's work."
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship - Profile of the Professionals Survey
The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is conducting its Profile of the Professionals survey regarding professionals who work in corporate citizenship, which also referred to as CSR, CR, and sustainability, among other terms. This study will provide insight into the responsibilities, background, and financial rewards connected to working in the field of corporate citizenship. AGM Corporate Members are encourage to participate in the survey. Participation will only take about 15 minutes of your time. In appreciation you will receive a free copy of the Profile of the Professionals report to all respondents who complete the survey by Friday, June 30. As an added incentive, survey respondents can choose to be entered into drawings to win a grand prize $500 gift credit card or one of ten $100 gift credit cards.
Nominate a Nonprofit for SIF's Social Innovator Accelerator
The Social Innovation Forum (SIF) creates positive social change in greater Boston by engaging leaders, strengthening organizations, and building networks.  Through its flagship Social Innovator Accelerator, they help nonprofit organizations gain visibility, expand their networks, and connect with philanthropic and in-kind resources to accelerate their work. 

SIF is looking to welcome eight Massachusetts nonprofits into the
2017-2018 Social Innovator Accelerator cohort. Small to mid-sized organizations, with budgets between $100,000 - $2 million, working in one of this year's eight social issue areas (see below) are eligible to apply. 

Know of an innovative nonprofit that might be a good fit? Use their quick online form to nominate an organization today. Self-nominations are also encouraged. You can also call 617.492.2305 to submit nominations over the phone. All options allow you to nominate anonymously. SIF will follow-up with nominees directly with the application information.  Visit Social Innovator Accelerator to learn more.   First-round applications are due July 12, 2017.
Tufts Health Plan Foundation Invests $1.7 Million to Support Age-Friendly Communities
Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced new community investments of more than $1.7 million to build healthier communities by promoting collaboration and improving systems and best practices. These grants reflect the Foundation's commitment to advancing age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older adults, and include them in community solutions.  To date this year, the Foundation's active community investments, including ongoing commitments to previously announced grants, total more than $2.6 million. 

"Momentum is building around the age-friendly movement," said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan.  "These grants emphasize collaboration and system change. Whether in Boston, Cape Cod, the Berkshires, New Hampshire, or Rhode Island, these efforts will lead to health improvements for older adults and the entire community."
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. 
The Bridgespan Group Announces its Leading for Impact - Boston Program
The Bridgespan Group is working with six local funders to provide Leading for Impact®, an innovative capacity building program, to nonprofits in the Boston area.

Leading for Impact® is a city-based consulting program designed to help ambitious nonprofits pursue strategic opportunities and build capacity to both improve their performance over time and achieve greater, local impact. Through Leading for Impact®, Bridgespan will help accelerate the impact of 50 high-potential nonprofit organizations in the Boston area through 2021. They will be launching cohorts of 8-9 organizations every 6 months, and Bridgespan is currently enrolling for the cohort that will start in December of 2017.  Each cohort of senior team members will work to align on the strategic and team skills needed to lead an effective nonprofit; while tackling two concrete projects with the assistance of Bridgespan tools and coaching, over a two-year period.

This program is best suited for organizations that are working to increase social mobility in the greater Boston area, and that have executive teams of four to six individuals.  View the list of organizations    t hat have participated in the program in other cities.  Interested in learning more?  Check out Leading for Impact
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.
The Boston Foundation Moving to a New Level

As of June 26, the Boston Foundation will be in new offices on the third floor of 75 Arlington Street, the same building it has inhabited since 2001.  The new offices are designed to meet the Foundation's evolving needs, with larger and more fully equipped spaces for forums and other convenings. In addition, expanded event and conference rooms will be made available to nonprofit organizations free of charge.  There is no need to change our mailing address in your system unless it specifies the 10th Floor-and all of our phone numbers will remain the same.
In MNN's second edition of Commonwealth Insights of 2017, it looked at current federal tax proposals and their impact on giving in Massachusetts.  Key points and recommendations include:
  • Federal tax reform proposals would reduce giving, harming people who are served by nonprofits.
  • The total amount of Massachusetts donations at risk is $513 million per year.
  • Itemized charitable contributions in Massachusetts totaled $5.7 billion in 2016.
  • A series of policy recommendations to protect charitable giving, including:
    • Preserving the federal charitable tax deduction;
    • Enacting a universal charitable tax deduction; and
    • Coupling the universal charitable tax deduction with other tax policies, specifically rate cuts and an increase to the standard deduction.
  • A call to Congress to keep nonprofits out of politics and preserve the Johnson Amendment.

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Benchmarking Program Officer Roles and Responsibilities 
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) 
Based on survey responses, Benchmarking Program Officer Roles and  Responsibilities provides a comprehensive collection of benchmarking data on topics ranging from the professional and educational backgrounds of program officers, to technical information about the structure of the program officer role, to program officers' perspectives on certain aspects of their work, such as the funder-grantee dynamic .
The 2015 Tracking Report (2017) explores the scope and character of foundation funding for LGBTQ issues in the calendar year 2015 and is the most comprehensive assessment of LGBTQ funding available. In 2015, funding for LGBTQ issues reached a record high of $160.7 million. The report notes significant increases in funding for trans communities, grantmaking to address criminalization and criminal justice reform, and support for LGBTQ communities in the U.S. South. The report finds the overall field of LGBTQ philanthropy widening slightly to include a larger number of funders. However, growth slowed to less than 5 percent - as opposed to nearly 20 percent growth noted in the 2014 Tracking Report - on account of several core funders decreasing the depth of their support for LGBTQ issues.
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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.  
Stepping Stone Foundation
What impact is your organization having in Massachusetts?
For 25 years, the Steppingstone Foundation has prepared motivated, but underserved, Boston schoolchildren for college access and success, effectively.  Over 550 Steppingstone Scholars have achieved a four-year college degree and hundreds more have been placed solidly on the pathway to college.  With rigorous academic preparation to prevent and address achievement gaps and long-term support services, Steppingstone ensures that Steppingstone Scholars, regardless of circumstance, have the skills they need to graduate from high school, gain admission to college, and complete a four-year degree.

What is the one thing you wish everyone knew about your organization? 
High school and college graduation rates for Steppingstone Scholars exceed both local and national statistics. 99% of Scholars who complete Steppingstone's academic preparation program graduate from high school, and 80% of Scholars who enroll in a four-year college complete their degrees within six years.

What is the most rewarding part of the work your organization does?
Steppingstone Scholars grow both academically and personally while participating in Steppingstone programs, which begin in the critical middle grades and continue until Scholars complete a college degree. Steppingstone is immensely proud of Scholars' educational achievements, as they become strong and productive members of their community.

What is your organization's greatest asset?
The Steppingstone model, which combines intensive educational instruction, social-emotional learning, and long-term support services, is Steppingstone's greatest asset and the key to its success in preparing Boston students for college admission and completion.

What are three words you would use to describe your organization?
Comprehensive, invested, effective.
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The Summer Fund kicked off summer 2017's
Cultural Access Initiative on Thursday May 18 at
Bank of America in downtown Boston. The Cultural Access Initiative began back in 2001 in an effort to connect Summer Fund camps to greater 
Boston's premiere cultural institutions. During Cultural Day, camps book field trips for their summer programs on the spot. Incorporating different activities into summer programs keeps youth more engaged during the summer months and what a better way to do that than field trips?!  

This year we had 72 different camp sites and 25 cultural institutions join us for Cultural Day. We were excited to introduce a few new cultural institutions this year! Boston Public Market, the MIT Museum, Franklin Park Zoo and Farrington Nature Linc all joined us for the first time-we can't wait to see pictures from field trips this summer! Camps receive funds based on the number of youth they serve, the more youth enrolled he more dollars the camp receives to book trips. On average, camps schedule at least three field trips to attend during the summer.

If you're interested in following along with our camps and vendors this summer, search for #CulturalAccess. All partners have been encouraged to post using this hashtag in an effort to increase awareness around how great these opportunities are for our camps! Also, if you're interested in becoming a cultural vendor next year, please contact Summer Fund Program Manager, Molly Walsh.   

We would like to extend a warm thank you to Bank of America for providing the space and refreshments for Cultural Day! We appreciate your continued support of the Summer Fund and couldn't do it without you.
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Brookline Community Foundation
Grants Supporting Organizations in Brookline
Deadline: August 25, 2017

With roots that go back to the 19th century, the Brookline Community Foundation (BCF) is the only foundation that addresses the needs of Brookline as a whole. Today, BCF shines a spotlight on community needs, inspires philanthropy, and awards strategic grants to build a more vibrant, engaged, and equitable Brookline. To support this mission, each year BCF seeks proposals that address the various needs and opportunities in the community, encourage collaborations and partnerships, and strengthen the community and local non-profits.
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