Published On: December 26th, 2023

2023 was a year of bold steps. We launched a new strategic plan — our roadmap for making a greater impact in our community and guaranteeing the future success of Cambridge. We invested over $4.2 million into our city, thanks to deep partnerships, generous support, and collective action. From growing our programming to expanding our team, there were many big moments at CCF this past year — check out a few below!

9 pages of data and stories in our data brief, Cash Empowers.

The brief showed the challenges and resilience of the nearly 2,000 low-income families in our city who are now receiving $500/month through the city-led program, Rise Up Cambridge.

8 new Falcon Pride Scholarships were awarded to CRLS grads last May.

This marked an increase from five scholarships in the previous year, thanks to the generous support of local donors.

7 hours in a downpour, cheering on Head Of The Charles rowers.

Their charitable contributions help fuel our Community Fund each year.

6 generous households joined our Donor Advised Fund community.

We’re grateful these donors chose to make CCF their philanthropic home.

5 rounds of CCF grantmaking helped nonprofits respond to community needs.

We made grants through our Community Fund, Cambridge WINS sports equity grant program, Food Access and Security Initiative, State-funded grants addressing basic needs, and surprise grants supporting urgent housing and utilities payments.

4 experts convened around movement making and storytelling.

Janet Moses, Maisha Moses, Derrick Evans, Leah Mahan joined us at First Church for an evening film screening of “Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek,” and a powerful discussion about movement building.

3 new faces joined the Foundation!

Welcome to Danny Dicamillo and Brandon Solis on our Programs and Grantmaking team, and to Allison Kroner Barron who manages our research on guaranteed basic income.

2 new initiatives.

The Food Access & Security Initiative and the Arrow Street Arts Program – were launched this year, planting the seeds for more strategic work in economic mobility and social cohesion.

1 table with a seat for everyone.

At our October block party, we transformed a city street into for a gathering spot for food and community conversations about our new strategic plan for a more vibrant, just, and equitable Cambridge.

We can’t wait to continue this work in 2024. As always, our focus is on what’s ahead — how we can build more multigenerational opportunities for our neighbors and strengthen community bonds to ensure a brighter future for all in Cambridge. We look forward to increasing our impact in the new year, by working together. Thank you for being here for good with us.

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