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Reflections on The Forum Network Annual Conference

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers held their Annual Conference July 21st -23rd in Baltimore MD.  As a second time attendee I was looking forward to learn and network with my colleagues from across the country.  This year’s conference was sold out and hosted the largest number of participants at 250+.  One of my favorite lineups, which is also a favorite among my contemporaries, is referred to as ‘RA Job Alikes’.

CITC: By the Fundraising Numbers

The numbers are counted, tabulated and recorded:  In its first year, the Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) is a clear financial success for CDCs, the Commonwealth and, most importantly, Massachusetts residents.  As individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits from the outer beaches of the Cape to the rolling hills of the Berkshires learned about this new program, CDCs began to use the tax credit not simply to invite their historical supporters to increase their giving, but also welcomed hundreds of new donors to support their work.

Small Dollars, Big Impact

If you’re like the rest of us, you sit at your desk hoping for the IT department to email you an update that you’re getting a new computer or printer or updated software. Every time your computer acts up or the printer jams you wish you had the budget to run out and purchase new equipment. We all want to work efficiently but to do so means having the best equipment. One group of organizations that could always use a little extra help in this area is nonprofits.

Grantmakers are Free to be Bold

Grantmakers are Free to be Bold   

Recently we witnessed a grant application from a small charter elementary school in an economically struggling port city spark a private foundation board’s enthusiasm in an unusual way. What happened next affirmed our belief that the time funders spend working on process, clarifying their goals, and developing partnerships with their grantees leads to trusting relationships and confident philanthropic investment. 

Teach your kids about philanthropy

Philanthropic values cannot be passed on to rising generations all at once, in one big "data dump" toward the end of a donor's life. Rather, philanthropy is an evolving opportunity for learning that is best pursued over a lifetime.

Right from the start, young children can be involved with simple giving activities. By the time they have leadership opportunities, they will be well-versed in and comfortable with the family's values and will have developed philanthropic skills.

Life sciences board approves appointment of new chief

The board of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the state agency charged with implementing a 10-year initiative to support the biomedical sector, Wednesday voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Travis McCready as the center’s new chief executive. McCready, vice president for programs at the Boston Foundation, was nominated by state economic development secretary Jay Ash, as the Baker administration’s choice to lead the agency. The center awards grants, loans and tax breaks to biotech and medical technology companies locating or expanding in Massachusetts.

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