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March 2018

Join Us at Cambridge Forum & Join Us in Giving

By | 2018-03-08T22:30:02+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Civic Leadership, Civic Voice, Community Needs, Initiative Area, Partnerships, Press Release, Shared Prosperity|

“THE DREAM MACHINE: the journey from undocumented to deported” with author, Professor Dan-El Padilla Peralta and other panelists, including Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern & CCF President Geeta Pradhan Friday, March 9 at 7 pm First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge JOIN US FOR THIS FORUM & JOIN US IN GIVING TO THE CAMBRIDGE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND FOR IMMIGRANTS Princeton professor and author of “UNDOCUMENTED”, Dan-El Padilla Peralta shares the story of his own American dream.  Arriving in the US from the Dominican Republic at the age of four, he lived in a NYC homeless shelter as an undocumented immigrant before eventually graduating from an Ivy league school at the top of his class. Dan-el received his MPhil from the University of Oxford and his PhD in classics from Stanford University. In addition to his successful academic career, Padilla Peralta is an activist on immigration issues and will speak about the implications of the DACA decision not just for immigrants, but for all Americans.  Do we not have a moral responsibility to stand with the undocumented in our communities?   Join us for this important discussion. Doors open at 6.30 pm. This event is free and open to all. [...]

Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants

By | 2018-03-19T17:26:36+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Civic Leadership, Civic Voice, Community Needs, Partnerships, Press Release, Shared Prosperity, Special Reports, Uncategorized|

Help immigrants threatened by ICE action! Make your tax-deductible gift now! Please make checks payable to Cambridge Community Foundation  for Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants and mail to 99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge MA 02139. Or donate online here. Harsh federal action and anti-immigrant rhetoric means anxiety and hardship for our immigrant families, friends and neighbors. In response, Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern and the Cambridge Community Foundation have established the Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants.   Funds  will help immigrants at risk of being deported who are not able to afford a lawyer. Currently, only 37% of all immigrants and 14% of detained immigrants go to court accompanied with a lawyer. The need is urgent and time is running out! Funds raised by May 15, 2018, will enable legal-aid nonprofits to: -   Support young adults previously protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) who are now at risk of deportation; -   Prioritize cases involving asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors/juveniles, and other highly vulnerable persons including victims of trafficking, sexual, and/or domestic violence; -  Provide family legal services to ensure protection for children left behind.

January 2018

Work at CCF! Job Opening

By | 2018-01-24T19:39:56+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Press Release|

Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the President We are seeking a dependable, creative and organized individual, who enjoys working in a mission-driven, results-oriented fast paced environment. Responsible for maintaining the efficiency of office operations and providing daily critical administrative support to the President, the ideal candidate must have excellent administrative, technical and organizational skills, strong verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated capacity to work independently, good judgment and the ability to maintain a calm balance among multiple priorities. Roles and Responsibilities: Office Management: Maintain office by organizing office operations and procedures; managing incoming and outgoing mail; designing and maintaining filing systems; monitoring and maintaining office supplies; Work with outside vendors to ensure maintenance and updating of IT hardware, software, server and website. Problem solve when technical issues arise; Manage and coordinate phone coverage and serve as the first point of contact for outside calls and inquiries; Manage and maintain office calendar, coordinate and track staff meetings, employee work schedules; and schedule conference room for external partners; Assist with external communications — email blasts, social media, and website as requested; Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Executive Support: Manage and maintain calendar and arrange meetings [...]


By | 2018-02-07T16:43:46+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Civic Leadership, Civic Voice, Community Needs, Press Release, Programs|

Immigration Thursday, January 18 – 6:00PM-7:30PM Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA What do we mean when we say, “America is a nation of immigrants”? According to the Migration Policy Institute, immigrants make up over 13% of the United States population, with some sources citing hundreds of thousands of new arrivals each year. In this conversation, grassroots organizers and legal experts will explore issues that affect immigrants in the United States today, including current and potential protective policies for immigrants and refugees, immigration reform,  paths to citizenship, and how local organizations can empower immigrants to participate in their local communities and civic life. Join us for a welcome reception with refreshments and light snacks at 5:30pm.  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS Please note: This event is almost sold-out. If you plan on attending, please reserve your spot at the link above! The Cambridge Center for Adult Education has a long history as a beacon for learning and discussion on topics of import. This series is presented in partnership with the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) and Cambridge Community Television (CCTV). Panelists Eva Millona | Executive Director, MIRA: Eva A. Millona is Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition [...]

May 2017

Press Release: Moacir Barbosa elected to the governing board of Cambridge Community Foundation

By | 2017-11-30T00:54:40+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Press Release|

Moacir Barbosa, a long-time community leader in Cambridge has been elected to the board of directors of the Cambridge Community Foundation. He currently serves as Director of Community Engagement at Health Resources in Action, a Boston-based public health institute that seeks to improve health through social change. His work there is focused on collective impact, community engagement, youth development and violence prevention. A native of Cape Verde who grew up in Cambridge, Barbosa is a member of the board of trustees of the Phillips Brooks House Association, a student-run organization working for social justice through collaboration based on the Harvard University campus. He also serves as chair of the Men of Color Health Task Force and is a member of the board of trustees of the Cambridge Health Alliance hospital system. “Mo brings exceptional knowledge and insight about Cambridge – especially about young people in the city,” said Richard Harriman, chairman of the board of the Foundation. “I expect him to make a significant contribution to this organization as we go forward.” “I am delighted to join the Foundation,” said Barbosa. “Its commitment to expanding opportunity for local residents is critically important. I look forward to joining with the [...]

Press Release: Cheryl Vozzella named to the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Community Foundation

By | 2017-11-30T00:54:41+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Press Release|

Bank of America names Cheryl Vozzella a trustee of Cambridge Community Foundation Cheryl Vozzella, a managing director and market sales executive for U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, has been named to the board of directors of the Cambridge Community Foundation. She serves on the board as a trustee, which reflects the historic relationship of the Bank of America to the Foundation. As a successor bank to Harvard Trust Company, U.S. Trust shares oversight of the Foundation’s endowment with Cambridge Trust Company. In addition to four bank-appointed trustees, the board includes community board members who collectively share responsibility for managing the organization.  Cambridge Community Foundation, the only foundation serving the entire city, established in 1916, is currently marking its centennial year. It funds nonprofit organizations through two annual sets of grants, serves as a civic leader, promotes collaboration focused on urgent local issues, and partners with donors to provide a permanent source of charitable funds for the city, known as the Cambridge Endowment. “I am delighted that Cheryl will be filling this important role with the Foundation,” said Richard Harriman, chairman of the board. “She brings both important professional skills and personal qualities that will make her [...]

April 2017

Cambridge Needs Assessment

By | 2017-11-30T00:54:41+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Community Needs, Research & Reports|

  Between 2010 and 2013, mitigation funds were pledged to the City of Cambridge through zoning amendments and agreements with developers. To put these Community Benefits funds to effective use, the City Council suggested the idea that the City partner with the nonprofit community to expand services that benefit Cambridge residents and help address residents’ unmet needs. Since the idea’s conception, the City worked with the Cambridge Community Foundation, a charitable organization focused on serving Cambridge residents, and representatives of the Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition to discuss collaboration on the development of a transparent and inclusive framework for understanding the community’s needs. The first step in developing a plan to distribute Community Benefits funds was to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment. To undertake the needs assessment, the City released a Request for Proposals and subsequently hired TDC. In September 2015, the City Manager created the Needs Assessment Advisory Committee to support and guide TDC. The Advisory Committee was composed of City staff from multiple departments and representatives of both the Cambridge Community Foundation and the local nonprofit community. The Advisory Committee helped TDC to refine the research plan strategy and an inclusive community engagement process. The Cambridge Community [...]

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