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Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards More Than $880,000 to 22 Nonprofit Organizations

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today more than $880,000 in new funding to 22 Massachusetts and Rhode Island-based organizations as part of its second cycle of funding for 2014. More than 25 percent of grants this cycle are for programs which have not been funded previously by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. These include intergenerational programs in Somerville and Worcester, evidence-based Tai Chi and Fall Prevention programs in Boston and Johnston, RI, and a new driving assessment program for older adults through Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod.

Wealthy Donating Smaller Share of Income to Charity, Study Finds

In the wake of the Great Recession, the wealthiest Americans are giving less of their income to charity, while poor and middle-income households are giving more, a study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy finds.Based on an analysis of IRS data on the 30 percent of taxpayers who itemize their deductions — a group that accounts for 80 percent of all individual donations — the study found that households earning at least $200,000 a year donat

Foundation Center Releases Innovative Data Visualization Platform

Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, has launched Foundation Maps, a data visualization platform that helps funders and nonprofits access the knowledge they need to make strategic decisions and achieve greater impact. Foundation Maps gives users the ability to generate maps and charts revealing connections between funders, their grants, and their partners around the corner and around the world.

Dave Welbourn, CEO/President of ECCF, to Retire in December 2014

For over four decades, ECCF CEO/President Dave Welbourn has focused his career on developing resources for the growth of nonprofit institutions. During his six-year tenure at ECCF, his vision for enhancing the quality of life across Essex County has turned the Community Foundation into a flagship resource for philanthropists and nonprofits across Massachusetts.  Welbourn will retire December 1, 2014.  ECCF’s Board of Trustees is expected to announce his successor by November.

Boston launches cultural planning process

Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration is preparing the canvas for an 18-month citywide “cultural planning process” to put the arts at the heart of the city’s future for at least the next decade, for artists, residents, and visitors alike. Under incoming Boston chief of arts and culture Julie Burros, the process can consider anything from festivals to public art, and from easier permitting for neighborhood arts events to affordable housing for artists who might otherwise move somewhere else to work. Everything is on the table.

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.

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