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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: 

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 [...]

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

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 dtrueblood@cambridgecf.org 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

A PATH FORWARD

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

February 2017

JOIN US FOR A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ABOUT CAMBRIDGE MARCH 1st

By | 2017-11-30T00:54:42+00:00 February 11th, 2017|Civic Leadership, Press Release, Shared Prosperity|

A new report by the Cambridge Community Foundation draws attention to three powerful trends now shaping our city's future: increasing income inequality, rapidly rising housing costs and persistent educational disparities. Where are these trends taking Cambridge? Can our city-with its booming innovation economy and exceptional community assets-keep its historic commitment to social justice and create a future in which prosperity is shared across the entire community?   Please join us for a community conversation on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 8:00-8:30 a.m. Breakfast and registration 8:30-8:50 a.m. Welcome and a Presentation of the Report Findings 8:50 - 10:10 a.m. A Panel of local Thought Leaders MODERATOR: Marjorie Decker, Massachusetts State Representative, 25th Middlesex District PANELISTS: Randy Albelda, Graduate Program Director and Professor of Economics, College of Liberal Arts: Senior Fellow Center for Social Policy, UMass Boston Moacir Barbosa, Director of Community Engagement, Health Resources in Action Barry Bluestone, Russell B. and Andree Stearns Trustee Professor of Political Economy, School of Public Police and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University Ronald F. Ferguson, Fellow, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy and Faculty Director of the Achievement Gap Initiative, Harvard University 10:10 - 10:50 a.m. Community Table Conversation 10:50 - 11:00 a.m. Highlights and Closing FOR [...]

December 2016

CAMBRIDGE, OUR CITY, OUR FUTURE

By | 2017-11-30T00:54:42+00:00 December 31st, 2016|Civic Leadership, Press Release|

As we approach 2017 we want to thank you on behalf of our grantees for your energy, for giving and for your commitment to the future of Cambridge. What's coming in 2017? Save the date for the Cambridge Community Foundation Centennial Gala: March 28, 2017 - Our centennial gala will take place on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 6-9pm, 75 Amherst Street, Building E-14, 6th Floor, Cambridge, MA, located at the MIT Media Lab. It will be a great night for Cambridge and the Foundation. Please mark your calendars! Our shared prosperity project will debut in February with our report on Cambridge - a close look at key indicators that underlie fundamental aspects of community, opportunity, and innovation. We look forward to distributing the report, and hearing your thoughts on shaping the agenda for change. A new website is on its way! 2016 Update - $1,000,000 in grants for Cambridge Reflecting our grantmaking strategy, we continue to respond to the community for urgent need, innovation, and to provide essential support for the nonprofits that bring hope, opportunity, and high demand services to city residents. We have streamlined our grantmaking process, and now offer grants for our community fund and strategic initiatives. [...]

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