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June 2018

Nonprofit Spotlight: Cambridge Community Television

By | 2018-07-27T15:54:11+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Civic Leadership, Partnerships, Press Release|

Nonprofit Spotlight Cambridge Community Foundation is a proud supporter of Cambridge Community Television (CCTV), an award-winning community media center that serves Cambridge’s diverse populations and our partnership is deepening. CCF has been funding Cambridge Community Television’s Youth Media Program for 17 years. The Youth Media Program promotes healthy development by providing underserved teens with training to express themselves creatively.  In paid positions as media artists, youth have the opportunity to develop valuable career skills, and break through mainstream media messages to tell honest stories about themselves and their community.  Ninety percent of participants report that the program gives them a chance to learn skills they do not learn elsewhere. Participants develop self-worth and confidence in their ability to achieve personal, academic, and career goals. Amid a citywide movement to better address the needs of high school graduates struggling with the academic, financial and social demands of college, the Youth Media Program expanded its scope, offering recent program graduates between 18 and 25 years of age positions as Youth Trainers and Advanced Producers. Josue Cardozo, who was a participant for two years before he enrolled in the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2016, continued involvement [...]

April 2018

$1.3 Million CCF Grants – FY18

By | 2018-07-27T15:55:33+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Community Needs, Grantmaking, Partnerships, Press Release, Uncategorized|

$535,000 awarded to 62 local nonprofits this spring The Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) is distributing $535,000 in grants this spring to more than 60 nonprofits, including $130,000 for the Family Independence Initiative (FII), the largest grant in this cycle, to help advance social and economic mobility for local low-income families.  This is the second cycle of grant making this year, bringing CCF’s support of local non-profits to over $1 Million dollars to date.  Every year, the CCF distributes approximately $1.3 Million to support community organizations throughout the city, CCF’s special initiatives, and organizations supported by donor-advised funds. The only foundation focused exclusively on the needs of Cambridge residents, CCF and its nonprofit partners support a wide range of services, and, this year, focused on addressing the urgent needs of local residents, including immigrant families and workers. “We are seeing growing community needs related to issues of economic security and immigrant issues that threaten the wellbeing of families, children, workers and the immigrant population in Cambridge,” said Geeta Pradhan, president of the Cambridge Community Foundation.  “We received a record number of requests from 100 organizations seeking funding this spring.  The Foundation and its donors are committed to helping as many [...]

March 2018

Join Us at Cambridge Forum & Join Us in Giving

By | 2018-07-27T15:55:33+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. www.cambridgeforum.org [...]

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 [...]

CONVERSATIONS ON THE EDGE

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 [...]

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