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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 [...]

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: 

Jennifer Pline joins Board of Directors

By | 2017-11-30T00:54:34+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Board of Directors, Press Release|

Jennifer Pline named trustee of Cambridge Community Foundation November 16, 2017 CAMBRIDGE, MA. Jennifer A. Pline, executive vice president and head of Wealth Management at Cambridge Trust Company, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Community Foundation. She serves as a trustee, with a specific responsibility for oversight of the Foundation’s endowment. This appointment reflects the long history Cambridge Trust Company has as one of the founding banks of the Foundation. Cambridge Trust Company shares this role with Bank of America, which is a successor to Harvard Trust Bank, which played a role in the creation of the Foundation in 1916. In addition to four bank-appointed trustees, the board includes community members who collectively share responsibility for managing the organization. “I am delighted to welcome Jennifer to the board,” said Richard Harriman, board chairman. “She brings deep expertise and a strong record of financial management to her role as a trustee. We have a highly engaged group in place, including a number of new members who bring their special knowledge of Cambridge to the table, and I expect Jennifer will bring welcome insights and professional expertise to the mix.” In her role at Cambridge [...]

September 2017

Introducing Our New Board Members

By | 2017-11-30T00:54:40+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Board of Directors, Press Release|

New board members bring a wide range of expertise, institutional connections  to Cambridge Community Foundation  For more information contact David Truebood at or 617-576-9966 The Cambridge Community Foundation has announced a significant change in its board of directors with the naming of six new members, including Andus Baker, Sarah Gallop, Lisa Ijiri, Elizabeth Keating, Mike Shires, and Jonathan L. Walton. These appointments brings board membership to 23. The board serves as the ultimate authority for the 100-plus year-old charitable organization, the only foundation with all of Cambridge in its purview. That includes setting the community impact and civic leadership agenda for the Foundation,  signing off on two annual rounds of grants to local nonprofits organizations,promoting philanthropy, and building the Cambridge Endowment. New members include: Andus Baker Financial Services Executive Andus recently retired from a 20+ year career at Fidelity Investments where he held marketing, product development, and strategy roles in the firm's retail and asset management businesses.  Andus managed many high performing teams, and helped grow Fidelity's DAF business, Fidelity Charitable.  Andus serves as the president of the Cambridge Skating Club, was formerly on the Christ Church Vestry, and for many years served as a volunteer with various Cambridge youth sports [...]

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 [...]

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