Boston – The Boston Foundation has awarded nine grants, totaling $1.6 million as part of its Success Boston Initiative’s Boston Coaching for Completion program.
These funds will mobilize public and private sector resources to replicate and expand the Success Boston coaching model to support up to 1000 graduates of the Boston Public Schools, helping students gain entry to college and helping them remain in school through graduation.
Reprinted Blog Post with permission by The Center for Effective Philanthropy
David Biemesderfer is chair of the Board of Directors of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and president & CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network.
If readers have been concerned about the responses of governments and donors to the earthquake relief effort in Haiti, they know this past weekend’s events in Nepal constitute a challenge that will test anything and everything we have learned about responding to disasters. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, but also one of the most remote and isolated. The death count as of this New York Times article was 2,400, but everyone knows that that number is likely to grow massively.
News from Nepal the past two days about the devastating April 25th earthquake has been chilling: story after story report rapidly changing death tolls, contain scary accounts of power outages and are filled images of indiscernible structures covered in dust. The city of Kathmandu and its surroundings are changed forever.
As funders, we have carefully considered the target populations we wish to impact: we target one or more groups of people whose lives we seek to improve and we have identified desirable ‘outcomes’ for these groups. Our understanding of these target populations has great influence on how we conduct our partnerships, grant making and related activities.
As fires burned in Baltimore last week and thousands of the city’s residents expressed anger at police treatment of blacks, foundation executives meeting in San Francisco renewed their commitment to fighting racial inequality. The unrest in Baltimore and last year’s standoff between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., laid bare for many the chasm between police treatment of blacks and whites.
A look back at my first year at the Barr Foundation.
This week marks a year since my arrival as Barr’s president. Since last May, I have sought to use this space to provide regular updates and will continue to do so. Yet, this one-year mark also offers an appropriate time to reflect upon the broader evolution of the Barr Foundation.
Before I came to Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, I spent more than five years at BoardSource, a national organization focused on improving nonprofit governance. I have to admit, at the time I fancied myself a bit of a governance expert. After all, I had written and edited publications on good governance, conducted national surveys about board practice and spoken at many events.