TITLE: Program Officer, Civic Engagement
FUNDING AREAS: Civic engagement
CONTACT: email@example.com, 617-426-5600 ext. 309
IP TAKE: Although Moy is the civil engagement program officer, he regularly throws his support behind lots of immigration causes and domestic violence issues. Moy is a broad thinker, so you have a little leeway in your program strategy when you approach him about civic matters.
PROFILE: David Moy is one of those well-rounded social worker types who found his way into the philanthropy business. He's been part of The Hyams Foundation since 2006 and currently serves as its civil engagement program officer. Although Moy has never been an outspoken political activist, he has been a huge part of grassroots efforts and community collaborations throughout his career.
Moy is a product of the Boston Public Schools system and a long-time resident of the Boston area. After graduating from Brandeis University, he started working as a community youth worker and found his calling. Although he hasn't had a ton of experience at big-name foundations like Hyams, he has been active in the non-profit sector. In fact, Moy spent 15 years as executive director of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. He also spent three years as regional coordinator for the Jamaica Plain Community Center.
Moy has always been true to his heritage and even cofounded the Chinatown Coalition, which is a network of institutions, agencies, and faith-based groups. He also serves as clerk of the Chinatown Trust Fund Committee, which has awarded around $3 million in community grants.
Over the years, Moy has been a featured speaker for Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families, the Union of Minority Neighborhoods' Institute for Neighborhood Leadership, and the Center to Support Immigrant Organizing. He's been honored by the Boston Women's Fund for his support of women's leadership and the prevention of violence against women.
As you can see, Moy is passionate about a lot of social issues in the Boston area, and he doesn't feel boxed in by his civic engagement officer title. However, The Hyams Foundation's civic engagement program is about much more than just getting residents to vote and show up at meetings. Since both Boston and Chelsea are "minority majority" cities, getting immigrants involved is more important than ever before. People of color and who have immigrant backgrounds are still severely underrepresented in positions of power, and racial disparities are still prevalent in the city.
Moy's civil engagement program has four distinct focus areas: grassroots leadership development, voter engagement, public policy, and community organizing. Not only is Moy looking for new leaders, but he's also looking for up-and-coming grassroots activists who work with others to create positive change in non-leadership roles. Hyams likes to see programs that engage teenage voters, expand immigrants' vote, fund citizenship education, and teach about civic engagement in the public schools.
Moy has about $2 million to work with each year; this is actually more than the other program officers have for affordable housing, teen development, and racial justice. Moy's program has a broad reach, which is perfect for a guy who has varied passions and interests. Moy continues to work on a couple of specific civic engagement initiatives that promote voting and collaborate with other area foundations to gain traction. Since 2002, Hyams has been working with The Boston Foundation, Access Strategies, the Herman and Frieda L. Miller Foundation, and the New Community Fund to bring low-income communities of color to the polls in a nonpartisan way. To learn more about Moy's program, check out The Hyams Foundation website.