- Harriet Tubman
Share Our Strength’s highest priority is to make sure that every child in America has access to the healthy, nutritious food he or she needs to thrive. Through its No Kid Hungry strategy, the organization works at the state and city level to forge alliances between policymakers and providers to ensure that all children eligible for meal programs are enrolled and served where they live, learn and play.
SOS is mobilizing coalitions to deliver meals in the summer to children who qualify under Federal School Meals.
The organization also offers Cooking Matters classes to teach low income families how to shop smarter and cook delicious, affordable meals.
Photo Credit: Channing Johnson
The Civic Leadership Fund supports The Boston Foundation’s role as a civic hub where information, knowledge, resources and influence come together for the greater good of Boston and the region. As a result, the Foundation has achieved real impact on many critical issues, like housing, public education reform, cultural facilities funding, CORI reform, municipal finance and, most recently, sweeping reform of the entire Massachusetts community college system.
Photo Credit: The Boston Foundation Civic Leadership Fund
In 2003 Joel Barrera and Senator Jarriet Barrios of Cambridge realized that the only racial diversity seen at the Massachusetts State House was during the overnight cleaning shift. In response they founded The Commonwealth Seminar to open the doors of the legislature to diverse leaders. Now boasting more than 500 graduates of its six-week training program, MassCS provides legislative training, networking opportunities with top policymakers, and access to public service job opportunities for leaders from many backgrounds. Graduates run for office, staff advocacy organizations and legislative offices, and foster a culture that values public service.
Photo Credit: Commonwealth Seminar, Boston, MA
City Year works to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support students need, and what their schools are able to provide. In doing so, City Year helps to increase graduation rates across the country and changes the lives of the students it serves. Using a Whole School Whole Child approach, City Year trains a group of carefully selected young adults—corps members—who provide individualized support to at-risk students, while also establishing an overall positive learning environment in the schools throughout America that need this support the most.
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Responding to requests from 3,747 clients in 2013, Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry has devised a more cost-effective strategy for acquiring food. Instead of purchasing supplies from grocery stores, the anti-hunger program has hired an outreach worker to pick up free food in bulk from two regional food banks. She also runs food drives at local schools and community groups while educating the North Shore about the root causes of hunger and poverty.
Photo Credit: Beverly Bootstraps, Beverly, MA
As a private college with a public mission, Wheelock strives to be the premier college educating people to create a safe, caring, and just world for children and families. With operations in Boston, Bermuda, and Singapore, Wheelock strives to be a leader in international education that benefits children and families. The Ansara Family Fund supports the Passion for Action Scholars program, a four-year mentoring and field work program for outstanding young leaders.
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Since 1981, Wellspring House has been helping families move out of poverty and will provide help to over 1,600 people on the North Shore this year. Serving Cape Ann in MA, Wellspring provides transformative adult education and job training, emergency shelter for homeless families, housing advocacy, and family education and support. To read Karen’s Keynote address at the Wellspring House 2013 Women’s Luncheon, click here.
Photo Credit: Wellspring House, Gloucester, MA
The four communities of Cape Ann, MA – Rockport, Essex, Manchester and Gloucester – epitomize the substantial disparities that exist where pockets of great wealth neighbor pockets of great need. In 2013 The Open Door’s Food Pantry provided free food to 1,600 households and served over 16,000 hot meals. A free farmer’s market provided over 200,000 pounds of groceries and fresh produce to 2,800 people at seven Gloucester locations, as well as offering free lunches to 6,600 schools over the summer months. In addition to providing direct service The Open Door also advocates on behalf of the disadvantaged and offers job-skills training and job placement.
Photo Credit: Open Door, Gloucester, MA
Harborlight Community Partners, Inc. provides affordable housing and residential services for low and moderate income families living in Southern Essex County. By merging multiple non-profits and increasing efficiency, Harborlight Community Partners, Inc. strives to make homes available to all North Shore citizens, regardless of means, and avert homelessness.
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Essex County Community Foundation manages charitable funds for donors and provides grants, services, and education to nonprofit leaders in Essex County. The Foundation offers annual workshops drawing over 1000 participants on leadership and management, including the annual Institute for Trustees, and Youth at Risk conferences. It provides consulting to the area’s hundreds of non profits each year..
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Salem State University enrolls over 10K undergraduate and graduate students from 27 states and 70 nations and is an important partner in the economic, cultural and intellectual vitality of the greater north-of-Boston region. The University provides a diverse community of first generation college students a high quality, student-centered education that prepares them to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society. The Ansara Family Fund provides general operating support and also supports the 10,000 Reasons Campaign http://www.salemstatereasons.com
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In 1992, a group of activists formed the Haitian Coalition of Somerville to serve thousands fleeing Haiti following a September 1991 military coup. Since the Coalition’s inception it has promoted Haitian culture and helped members of the Haitian community gain access to services and programs such as legal aid, social services, voter registration and small business training. Today, the Coalition continues to provide these and other services in pursuit of its mission statement: to organize Haitians to improve their economic, political, physical and social environments in Somerville and its surrounding communities.
Photo Credit: Connie Barker/Haitian Coalition
Grantees represent a sampling of those over six years.