In response to sustained demands on nonprofits in Cambridge, the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) increased allocated funds for its spring grantmaking by 50%, supporting nonprofits involved in youth programs and education, housing, hunger, homelessness, elder services, the arts, COVID-19 relief, and racial justice.
Dear neighbors, Last week, the voices of eight citizens, including six Asian women, were silenced by a white man with a gun. This devastating act changed the lives of their loved ones, raised fear among Asian Americans in communities across the nation, and elevated, yet again, the ugly face of racism in the United States. In Cambridge, a city that cherishes its diversity, we respect all cultures, religions, ethnicities, and racial groups and honor each for how they enrich our community. We stand with all communities that experience fear and prejudice. We speak out against injustice when we see it. It matters how we treat each other and how we value one another because we are not separate from our community; we are part of its voice and protectors of its values. So, as we move into another week, without those eight voices in Georgia, let’s raise ours through words and deeds. Let’s embrace tolerance and respect for one another. Let’s learn from those with lived experiences and a story to tell. Let’s do the work necessary to combat racism and expand equity in our community. We’re incredibly fortunate to have a community that is digging into this work now. Tomorrow, the Cambridge Public Library Foundation will host [...]
Our tribute to a Cambridge Cultural Visionary, Tunney Lee, who dedicated his life to the local Boston/Cambridge community—as a mentor, professor, historian, citizen, and inspiration, particularly to young designers and architects. We’ll long continue to be inspired by Tunney.
A tribute to a Cambridge Cultural Visionary, Elsa Dorfman, whose legacy as a trailblazing photographer, and unique way of connecting with her subjects and building community continue to inspire us, our city, and the world.
Our nonprofit partner Black History in Action for Cambridgeport is playing a crucial role in restoring a historic landmark and reviving it as a space for community and learning.
Join us at our Emerge 2021 virtual event to celebrate Cambridge Cultural Visionaries and more.
CCF and City of Cambridge award $257,500 in grants to arts and culture organizations, hard-hit by the pandemic
Twenty-five Cambridge-based arts and culture organizations have received Cultural Capital Fund grants to date.
The Cambridge Community Foundation and the City of Cambridge launch a new Cultural Capital Fund with over $600K
The Cambridge Community Foundation and the City of Cambridge have joined forces to launch a new Cultural Capital Fund with grant funding of over $600,000 to address urgent needs in the local arts and culture sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic as an initial step.
The Cambridge Community Foundation accelerates distribution of $457,000 in flexible grants to strained Cambridge nonprofits
CCF is distributing a total of $457,000 to 61 local nonprofits this fall, a month ahead of its regular grantmaking schedule to help cash-strapped organizations meet their missions at a time of elevated need.
Cambridge Community Foundation Recognizes Five Groups with Second Annual Imagined in Cambridge Social Innovation Award
Photo of blackyard, 2020 Imagined in Cambridge Award winner, by Philip Keith for The New York Times. Supporting Grassroots Projects Tackling Pressing Social Issues October 8, 2020—Cambridge, MA At a virtual celebration on October 8, 2020, the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) named the recipients of its second annual Imagined in Cambridge Social Innovation Award, recognizing five grassroots projects that nurture strong communities and tackle systemic barriers to equity and opportunity. Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui announced blackyard, a co-op for Black and multi-racial youth and teenagers that in the words of its founder: “dismantles white supremacy within and lifts up the brilliance of Black, Indigenous, and Brown people,” through homeschooling, arts activities, conversations around equity for youth and teenagers, and supports for youth organizers, as the first prize winner. The program, founded by veteran teacher and Cambridge resident Ashley Herring, was awarded $5,000, and joined by four runners-up—Friday Night Hype, Kids Fete, Our Fire Collective, and Women of Cambridge Cards—each receiving $1,000. The five award winners offer innovative solutions to big social needs, such as supporting Black and Brown youth, promoting social justice and cultural pride, offering mental health supports for youth and teachers, and elevating female leaders. Watch our short [...]