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GuideStar Unveils Online Tool to Gauge Nonprofits’ Diversity

Using a tool on GuideStar’s website nonprofits can compile demographic data on their board members, employees, and volunteers, including their gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, and any disability they might have. Once the information has been recorded, groups can see how they measure up in relation to an evolving set of standards developed by members of the D5 coalition, a group of 26 foundations, nonprofit associations, and donor organizations.

Displaced Long Island homeless crowd South End shelter

Trailing the flashing lights of a police escort, the city bus completed its journey in front of a bleak building in the South End, where more officers and guards were waiting. Out filed some of the 700 former residents of Long Island, where the city’s largest homeless shelter operated until earlier this month — before officials condemned the only bridge leading to the refuge on Boston Harbor.

How Do Traditions of Philanthropy Begin?

It has been a while since I have blogged on here. As some of you may know, on May 29th (a date I will never forget), I was hit by a car that broke both of my legs. After a three week hospitalization, I learned that I did not "qualify" for a rehab program because I was not "weight baring" (and would continue to not be for the rest of the summer). So I literally spent the summer bedridden, often alone with my thoughts. It gave cabin fever a whole new meaning.

A New Model: Foundation-owned Social Enterprise

Gradian Health Systems provides access to a unique anesthesia machine that requires no power source or compressed oxygen to function. That makes the Universal Anesthesia Machine (UAM), as it is called, perfect for many poor and underserved countries around the world. Although clearly a wonderful tool, that’s not what makes this unusual. The fact that Gradian is a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) wholly owned by a private foundation is.

Six Takeaways Hyams Foundation's Beth Smith Shared at MNN Conference

I joined hundreds of leaders from the nonprofit sector at the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network 2014 annual conference on October 29. The capacity crowd participated in interactive idea labs and leading-edge workshops led by bright, instructive leaders in the sector who presented sessions on emerging practices, innovations, and tools to help nonprofit leaders and their organizations succeed

Latino Legacy Fund at the Boston Foundation makes first-ever grants to support early childhood needs - See more at: http://www.tbf.org/news-and-events/news/2014/october/latino-legacy-fund-first-grants#sthash.JfvDpTxl.dpuf

The Latino Legacy Fund, a permanent, committee-advised fund with a mission to strengthen the diverse Latino community of Greater Boston and to support issues and organizations that advance the socio-economic status of Latinos, today announced the list of grantees receiving funding from the Fund’s first grant docket. - See more at: http://www.tbf.org/news-and-events/news/2014/october/latino-legacy-fund-...

AGM Mourns the Passing of R. Bruce Taylor, husband of Janet C. Taylor

Associated Grant Makers mourns the passing of R. Bruce Taylor, husband of fomer AGM President Janet C. Taylor. Janet was one of the original staff members at AGM and served 9 years as President. AGM named its former library in honor of Ms. Taylor, and after the closing of the library in 2013, AGM renamed its print collection the Janet C. Taylor Print Collection.  Mr. Taylor died unexpectedly at home on November 6, 2014. We extend our deepest sympathy to Janet and Mr. Taylor's entire family and friends.

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