School Equity Champion to Leave Barr Foundation

After about a year as director of education at the Barr Foundation, Wendy Puriefoy, longtime national and regional leader in public education reform and school equity, plans to leave the foundation in February. The announcement comes on the heels of another big change at Barr, the recent hiring of a new executive director.

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Yawkey Foundation Awards $25K Grant to School for the Disabled

The Yawkey Foundation recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Lantham Centers, a nonprofit organization providing opportunities for children and adults with mental and physical handicaps to live better lives. The grant money is going towards purchasing and installing playground equipment on the Latham School grounds, in hopes that the students get more active during the school day. Childhood and adult obesity is an obvious issue around the country, and the disabled population is particularly susceptible.

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This Foundation Is One of the Best-Kept Secrets in Boston

The Aquidneck Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 unrestricted contribution for general operating support to Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Despite large gifts to major institutions around the city, this foundation keeps an incredibly low profile.

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This Wellness Center Got a Big Boost From the Richard & Susan Smith Family Foundation

The Bowdoin Street Health Center, which was founded in 1972 in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, needs $3 million to build a wellness center. Along with a couple of other organizations, the Richard & Susan Smith Family Foundation is helping to chip away at this hefty price tag. The foundation recently awarded a $300,000 grant to Bowdoin’s wellness center campaign.

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Inside the Richard & Susan Smith Family Foundation Focus on Charter Schools

The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation awarded $800,000 to Roxbury Prep Charter Schools for building renovations. Unlike some other philanthropic foundations that are giving money to Boston Public Schools, The Smith Foundation is focusing on non-traditional schools that aim to close the achievement gaps in the city.

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Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation Supports Public Education in Boston

When it comes to supporting education, the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation is especially partial towards the cities of Boston and Attleboro, Massachusetts. Earlier this year, Balfour awarded two elementary/secondary education grants in the amount of $100,000; one to each city's public school system.

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