More funders are stepping forward to address the growing mental health crisis in the U.S. Here we take a look at how a new behavioral health fund was formed in Rhode Island and how a community foundation is involved in moving millions in new grants.
In recent years, we’ve seen an uptick in funding for LGBTQ causes by community foundations—a trend that reflects growing donor interest. The Boston Foundation is an example of a local grantmaker that’s been giving more in this space.
Like many community foundations, the Greater Worcester Community Foundation has broad interests. But lately it has been particularly interested in the region’s very youngest residents, which is good news for early learning-focused groups.
The John Clarke Trust is the oldest charitable trust in the United States, and still today, it awards thousands of dollars in grants to nonprofits in southeastern New England, mainly in Rhode Island. Here’s a quick look.
Citizens Financial Group is one of the largest financial institutions in the U.S., but its Citizens Charitable Foundation focuses on the New England region, especially Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Here are four things to know about its grantmaking.
Here are three things to know about the Alfred E. Chase Charity Foundation and its local grantmaking along the North Shore of Massachusetts.
What would a new economy that works for everyone look like? And how do you create it? The Boston Ujima Project thinks it has some answers, building a place-based investment fund that is democratically controlled by community members .
The Rhode Island Foundation had a record-setting year in 2018 on several fronts. What’s been driving that growth and what does it means for future grant cycles?
In late 2017, this funder decided that 100 percent of grants from its community grants program would go toward unrestricted purposes and that most of these grants would be for multi-year periods. It’s now putting that strategy into action.
This media giant’s corporate funding arm will soon award approximately $2.5 million in 11 regions to support promising local programs addressing community challenges.
The Vermont Women’s Fund aims to help girls and women reach their full potential. Its priorities and recent grants echo women’s funding trends across the U.S., including a new effort to “draw men into the conversation about gender equity.”
Through the Harbus Foundation, Harvard Business School students have been giving back to the local community for more than 20 years. Here’s how grants are made and what kinds of nonprofits get funded.
New casinos are often the focal points of controversy, and the Encore Boston Harbor is certain no exception. Here’s what it has been doing to turn its image around and connect with the local Boston community.
Increasingly, health legacy funders are looking at health in a broad way to respond to community needs that affect population well-being, but which may be a few steps removed from traditional health issues. A good example is the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts.
While many community foundations tout their listening skills, how many invite their neighbors to dinner? The Rhode Island Community Foundation did just that. Here’s how the local feedback it gathered ties into its mission.
With arts organizations increasingly buffeted by change, two Massachusetts foundations have rolled out a new $25 million initiative to help groups build the “adaptive capacity” they need to thrive in turbulent times.
As Liberty Mutual Foundation moves through its 15th year, we ask president Melissa MacDonnell about its current work and aspirations. She discussed the foundation’s latest work in its three main areas of giving.
Helping low-income people make gains in health and other areas often requires that service providers work together more effectively. We look at how a funder in Massachusetts is upping its efforts to make that happen.
The Boston Foundation has given more in grants in the past 10 years than in all of TBF’s first 92 years. Where’s the money been going?
Investing in public spaces in a thoughtful way is trickier than it looks. The Rhode Island Foundation is yet another funder that’s ramping up giving in this space. Why is it giving more here? And what’s its approach?
The Berkshire Bank Foundation gives at least $2 million annually to nonprofits that operate within the bank’s territory—which includes Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. We take a closer look.
As the Cape Cod Foundation prepares to turn 30, it’s attracting more donors and ramping up its annual giving of local grants and scholarships. We take a quick look.
Mini-grants, which are often in the range of $250 to $2,500, have an important place in institutional philanthropy, even though you don't hear much about them.
The Amica Companies Foundation is staying committed to Rhode Island causes. Over the past few years, it has also funded nonprofits in other parts of the U.S. that its employees are connected to through volunteerism.
The Avangrid Foundation is helping a local food bank distribute fresh food year-round in an era when about 14 percent of Americans use food pantry or meal services.
When we first started covering Herbert and Charlotte Wagner’s giving through the Wagner Foundation, this was a very Boston-focused funder. Things have changed, but local groups haven’t been forgotten.
We don't see many community foundations prioritize medical research, which is more typically funded by national foundations and major philanthropists. But the Rhode Island Foundation has been working to catalyze and guide donor activity in this space since 2008.
The Tufts Health Plan Foundation continues to fund organizations that work to improve seniors’ quality of life—including a program in Boston that wants to make the whole city accessible and inclusive for older residents.
The grantmaking of the Maine Health Access Foundation offers a good example of how regional health funders are grappling with the complex interplay between issues of poverty, power and health.
In an era of mega-givers and "big bets," making lots of very small grants may seem out of step with the times. But as we’ve reported, quite a few funders give out mini-grants for different reasons. Here’s an example.