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November 2017

Driving Change

By | 2017-11-30T00:54:34+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Civic Leadership, Community Needs, Press Release|

The Fall 2017 issue of our Newsletter probes a major city report on urgent needs in Cambridge, presents a program helping immigrant children stranded in the legal system, and celebrates the gift of Maurice Anderson responding to urgent community needs. We are delighted to introduce seven new board members, and the members of the Professional Advisors Council. Read more here: 

Giving Tuesday

By | 2017-11-30T00:54:34+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Civic Leadership, Community Needs|

November 27, 2017 Dear Cambridge Friends, What do you want for your community? For many, the answer is the same as what we all want for our children and loved ones: good health, an education that will support them in their work and lives, and the means to fulfill their dreams. For too many, those goals are just beyond their grasp.  15% of our community now lives in poverty, and they are making hard choices every day. That’s why the Cambridge Community Foundation was established over one hundred years ago, and why we continue granting over $1.3 million annually creating opportunity, hope, and shared prosperity.  Through the power and impact of collective giving , your gift directly supports a civic agenda benefitting everyone in Cambridge and nonprofits that build lasting relationships with communities one person at a time. This year, an anonymous donor is offering $25,000 to support the Foundation’s civic leadership agenda.  Join your neighbors with a gift  for Cambridge.  Your gift will promote a caring and compassionate city, and support our community’s foundation – Cambridge Community Foundation. Sincerely,   Geeta Pradhan President

Winter Coat & Boot Drive for CASPAR Homeless Shelter

By | 2017-11-30T00:54:34+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Partnerships|

We are nearing Thanksgiving, Fall is behind us, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder. Members of our community are in need of warm weather gear and would be  thankful for a new pair of boots, or a winter coat in time for the holiday.  Join us as we partner with Kendall Square Association and CASPAR Homeless Shelter to help our neighbors! Winter Coat & Boot Drive Men's Boots: Size 10.5-13 Women's Boots: Size 7-10 Winter Coats: Size L, XL, XXL, XXXL Drop Off Addresses CCF: 99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge MA KSA: 510 Kendall Street, Cambridge MA Drop Off Locations Office Hours: 9 AM - 5 PM Alternatively, Donate with "KSACCF" in your message!   Donate Funds to CASPAR

October 2017

Work at CCF! Job Opening

By | 2017-11-30T00:54:34+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Civic Leadership, Press Release|

Director of Marketing & Civic Engagement at the Cambridge Community Foundation   About the Foundation: The Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) is a 501(c)3 public charity established in 1916. Vision: A vibrant, diverse and inclusive Cambridge with a culture of giving and opportunity for all. Three overarching goals motivate our actions: Create an inclusive vision and agenda for shared prosperity through grantmaking, civic leadership, and philanthropy; Build a permanent endowment to serve the city today and protect its future; Expand the capacity for civic leadership with a sustained focus on equity, justice and opportunity. CCF has assets of about $37M, makes competitive grants of approx. $1.3M through its Community Fund and leverages significant resources through pro-active co-investments with donors and philanthropic partners in four areas: Strong Families (building income and assets); Early Childhood Development (birth through Age 3); Equity & Opportunity in the innovation economy (through education, workforce and entrepreneurship); Arts & Innovation. In addition, we exercise and foster civic leadership through large convenings on key issues, research and reports, and participation in the life of the city. An inflection point: Cambridge is changing. Its rapid growth and prosperity, bolstered by long-standing institutions and the growing innovation economy make the city a powerful global force — and yet many of its residents are [...]

September 2017

Unite For Puerto Rico

By | 2017-11-30T00:54:39+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Civic Leadership, Civic Voice|

September 29, 2017   Dear friends, I write to ask for your help with the relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.  Massachusetts has the 5th largest population of Puerto Ricans in the continental United States, and many call Cambridge home.   The effects of the devastating hurricane will be felt in Puerto Rico, and in the Commonwealth as people migrate to Massachusetts.  The Cambridge Community Foundation will be directing gifts to UNICEF USA's Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico and Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico, both of which will provide critical support to our neighbors in Puerto Rico. Gifts to UNICEF will provide immediate relief in Puerto Rico. Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico will work to quickly aggregate philanthropic capital from corporations, foundations and individual donors and deploy those resources to well vetted and effective relief, recovery and resettlement organizations on a grassroots level. Gifts may be made online here.  If you wish to direct a gift from a donor advised fund, please contact Usha Pasi at 617.576.9966.   We thank you for your compassion at this time of great need. Geeta Pradhan President

DACA: Our history, our values, our future

By | 2017-11-30T00:54:39+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Civic Leadership, Civic Voice|

Across the world, the image of America is one of abundant diversity, expansive opportunity, and remarkable inclusion. Indeed, that is what has made this country the nation we know today.   Waves of immigrants seeking a better life fled their homelands to make America their home.… those waves of immigrants were our ancestors. Some came here seeking freedom from tyranny, from religious and other persecution, and from poverty. Some were brought here forcibly on slave ships, while others came here to pursue education or work in the most advanced sectors of the global economy. With grit, resilience, and hard work they made a better life for themselves and their children. Somewhat obscured in the current conversation, is the reality that the migration we know from the founding of the nation mirrors what we see today. The Indian Tribes or Native Americans were here earlier. And as waves of immigrants came in, we built a country with our rules, our customs, our laws. We legitimized ourselves! Today, every community from Charlottesville to Cambridge, and Long Beach to New York offers a richness of cultural diversity and vitality. According to, Cambridge ranks 31st among mid-sized cities in its diversity ranking [...]

What Does Cambridge Mean To You?

By | 2017-11-30T00:54:39+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Civic Leadership, Civic Voice|

What Does Cambridge Mean to You? September 15 was a chance to reinvent a precious commodity—the Cambridge parking space—as a way to get to know members of our community in a fresh and creative way. Over 120 spaces around the city were reimagined as extensions of organizations, some quite familiar, some newly visible. Cambridge Community Foundation set up shop on Mass Ave close to CCTV (which hauled a sofa and sound equipment out of its office and went to work interviewing folks right there in public). The Foundation used a question we have explored before: What Does Cambridge Mean to You? And invited passersby to tell us their thoughts. We met tourists in town from South Carolina, new students at local universities, friends we know from Cambridge city government and residents savoring what turned out to be a beautiful early fall day. It seemed such a Cantabrigian concept although it is, in fact, an international event.  Here are a few images gathered through the day. Meanwhile we at the Foundation are already mulling how to celebrate Parking Day next year.

August 2017


By | 2017-11-30T00:54:40+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Civic Voice, Press Release, Special Reports|

A path forward. On Saturday, August 19, 2017 over forty thousand people marched in Boston to send a clear message—“hatred, bigotry, racism have no place in our community!”  This event was a rally for equity, justice, tolerance, humanity… for love, inclusion, liberty …for a life free of discrimination, persecution, and fear.  It stressed the essential constitutional and humanistic idea that “Otherness” was normal, but inciting hatred and violence against the “Other” was not. The voices in this spectacular event echo the values held by the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) since it was founded in 1916.  CCF has worked relentlessly with the quintessential “Other”, the underprivileged, vulnerable, immigrant communities in Cambridge, to secure a starting foothold in their lives. We are now confronted with the broader issues beyond those first steps: How do we sustain the spirit of generosity in a community whose long-term success depends on social and economic interdependence?  How do we deepen the discourse of Cambridge as an engine of innovation to embrace the breadth of this community? The Foundation serves the community as a neutral convener, connecting people, knowledge and resources, and strives to be a catalyst and a partner to promote the desired changes [...]

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 [...]

March 2017

Press Release: Boomtown/Hometown Report

By | 2017-11-30T00:54:41+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Civic Leadership, Civic Voice, Press Release, Research & Reports, Shared Prosperity|

Read the Report Can Cambridge retain its culture of diversity and opportunity in a dynamic innovation economy? Foundation calls for an agenda for ‘Shared Prosperity’ March 1 2017 A new report by Cambridge Community Foundation charts the impact of trends in housing, education and income disparity that threaten the city’s prized culture of diversity and inclusion, even as its enviable role in a regional innovation economy drives soaring levels of prosperity. A review of relevant data raises questions about whether this growth actually benefits city residents–or whether a growing financial disconnect means many residents can no longer afford the city they live in. Fully 78 percent of current low-income households in Cambridge are “cost burdened,” spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing. Over half spend over 50 percent of total income on housing. They qualify as “severely cost burdened.” In 2015, Just 4 percent of the city’s rental housing stock was affordable for a family with two workers earning $75,000 a year in total – in a community with a median annual household income of just over $79,000. The cost of buying a home is inevitably further out of reach: just 2 percent of single-family [...]

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