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Founded
1949
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Little moments. Big magic.
Established in 1949, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay's (BBBSMB) mission is to promote the healthy development of children through the nurturing of continuing, one-to-one friendships with caring, responsible adults, supported by trained professional staff. As one of the largest adult-to-child mentoring organizations in the nation, BBBSMB currently serves over 3,500 youth in one-to-one relationships, and more than 100 additional youth in group activities and camperships. Our service area encompasses 155 cities and towns throughout the Massachusetts Bay area.
Founded
1942
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Eliminating racism, empowering women
Founded in 1867, YWCA Boston was the first YWCA in the United States, established by leaders in the abolition and suffrage movement to address critical social justice issues of the time. Today, YWCA Boston intends to incrementally reduce systemic racial and gender disparities and improve social cohesion in Boston neighborhoods where health, educational and safety inequities are most significant. YWCA Boston is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Founded
1920
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Dedicated to the making of music consonant with the highest aspirations of musical art
The mission of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is to foster and maintain an organization dedicated to the making of music consonant with the highest aspirations of musical art, creating performances and providing educational and training programs at the highest level of excellence. Founded in 1881, the BSO presents an average of 27 programs in nearly 100 concerts at Symphony Hall between September and April; another 33 concerts are presented each summer at Tanglewood. Education is integral to the BSO's mission, and comprises two main components: the training of young professional musicians at the Tanglewood Music Center, and in-school and summer programs that address the need for integrated, high-quality arts education in the public schools.
Founded
1938
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We are for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.
The YMCA of Greater Boston is dedicated to improving the health of mind, body and spirit of individuals and families in our communities. We welcome men and women, boys and girls of all incomes, faiths and cultures. We provide childcare and after-school programs for more than 3,300 children each school day in greater Boston. We provide affordable and accessible programs to more than 100,000 children, teens, adults and seniors every year, thanks to nearly 1,500 employees, 550 summer teen employees and 1,500 dedicated volunteers. We help 4,000 individuals a year from 35 countries learn to participate in our community and the local economy through English as a Second Language and job training programs.
Founded
1965
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Add Your Strength
CJP, Greater Boston's Jewish Federation, brings together the people, partners and resources to fulfill the most important needs and aspirations of our community. Rooted in compassion and justice and driven by innovation, we care for the vulnerable, forge strong connections with Israel and above all, inspire the next generation to embrace Jewish life and learning.
Founded
1934
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Kindness and care for animals
The MSPCA-Angell (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Angell Animal Medical Center) is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, we are the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Our services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The mission of MSPCA-Angell is to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty, and work for a just and compassionate society.
Founded
1965
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Providing information and perspective on art through time and throughout the world
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) houses and preserves preeminent collections and aspires to serve a wide variety of people through direct encounters with works of art. The Museum aims for the highest standards of quality in all its endeavors. It serves as a resource for both those who are already familiar with art and those for whom art is a new experience. Through exhibitions, programs, research and publications, the Museum documents and interprets its own collections. It provides information and perspective on art through time and throughout the world. MFA creates educational opportunities for visitors and accommodates a wide range of experiences and learning styles; the Museum also educates artists of the future through its School.
Founded
1943
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A champion for animals
We are an unwavering champion for animals in need, committed to keeping them safe and healthy in habitats and homes. Our vision is to confront animal cruelty and neglect at its root causes. Through programs, services and facilities focused on accessible animal care, public advocacy, and sustained anti-cruelty efforts, we will be a resource for people and an unwavering champion for animals most in need. Our focus will be to meet people and animals where they are, bringing veterinary and wellness services directly to those who need it most, so that animals are safe and healthy living in community and out of shelters. We will align our resources to support this vision through a coordination of existing programs and the development of new, community-based services.The impact of our work will be seen in the lives of animals most in need across Massachusetts with the greatest effect in our primary service areas of Greater Boston, Eastern Massachusetts and the Cape Cod regions.
Founded
1933
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. . . And justice for all
Greater Boston Legal Services' (GBLS) mission is to help poor families and individuals secure some of the most basic necessities of life that have illegally or inappropriately been denied. Clients include: families seeking benefits to avoid destitution; women and children seeking protection against abuse; homeless families seeking emergency shelter and permanent affordable housing; low-income tenants facing inappropriate eviction; elders and people with disabilities seeking inappropriately denied income support and medical benefits; and victims of torture seeking asylum in the U.S. In addition to representing individuals and families, GBLS engages in systemic advocacy to bring about positive change for the poor. GBLS also represents community groups and provides community legal education. Advocates provide advice and represent people in court, before agencies, and before city councils and the state legislature. In 2010, GBLS provided legal assistance to more than 15,000 clients.
Founded
1993
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Furthering understanding of science and technology
Founded in 1830, the Museum of Science, Boston works to stimulate interest in and further understanding of science and technology and their importance for individuals and for society. To accomplish this educational mission, the Museum is dedicated to attracting the broadest possible spectrum of participants, and involving them in activities, exhibits and programs which will: encourage curiosity, questioning and exploration; inform and educate; enhance a sense of personal achievement in learning; respect individual interest, backgrounds and abilities; and promote life-long learning and informed and active citizenship.
Founded
1933
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Invest in a child. Inspire a future.
Founded in 1893, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) works to help young people, especially those who need us most, build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders. We do this by providing: a safe haven filled with hope and opportunity, ongoing relationships with caring adults, and life-enhancing programs. BGCB annually serves more than 14,000 young people, ages 6-18, in 10 Clubs, at Camp Harbor View, and through YouthConnect, our program in partnership with the Boston Police Department. The agency's core programs focus on education; technology; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; life skills and leadership development. BGCB is an affiliate of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.
Founded
1934
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Building innovative, meaningful and fun exhibits
MissionBoston Children's Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.VisionBoston Children's Museum is a welcoming, imaginative, child-centered learning environment that supports diverse families in nurturing their children's creativity and curiosity. We promote the healthy development of all children so that they will fulfill their potential and contribute to our collective wellbeing and future prosperity.
Founded
1997
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Innovation. Information. Impact.
Established in 1915, The Boston Foundation devotes its resources to building and sustaining a vital, prosperous city and region, where justice and opportunity are extended to everyone. We fulfill this mission in three principal ways: making grants to nonprofit organizations and designing special funding initiatives to address this community's critical challenges; working in partnership with donors and other funders to achieve high-impact philanthropy; serving as a civic hub and center of information, where ideas are shared, levers for change are identified, and common agendas for the future are developed. The Foundation and its donors make more than $80 million in grants every year.
Founded
1959
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At the leading edge of art in Boston for 80 years
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) was founded in 1936 as The Boston Museum of Modern Art; in 1948, the museum changed its name to become the ICA. The ICA strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process. For more than a half century, the ICA has presented contemporary art in all media - visual arts, film, and video, performance and literature - and created educational programs that encourage an appreciation for contemporary culture. Throughout the ICA's history it has been at the fore in identifying and supporting the most important artists of its time and bringing them to public attention.
Founded
1937
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Imagination. Inspiration. Innovation.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum opened to the public on the evening of January 1st, 1903. The Museum is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative art and a vibrant, innovative venue for contemporary artists, musicians and scholars. Housed in a stunning 15th-century Venetian-style palace with three stories of galleries surrounding a sun- and flower-filled courtyard, the Museum provides an unusual backdrop for the viewing of art. The Museum's preeminent collection contains more than 2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, manuscripts, rare books and decorative arts. The galleries house works by some of the most recognized artists in the world, including Titian, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Manet, Degas, Whistler and Sargent.
Founded
1951
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Defining and advancing the values, interests and priorities of the organized Jewish community of Greater Boston in the public square.
Founded in 1944, The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) works to define and advance the values, interests and priorities of the organized Jewish community of Greater Boston in the public square. To achieve our shared values effectively, JCRC and the Greater Boston Jewish community work toward a strong infrastructure of community relations, articulated through building our community's connection and commitment to civil society, developing the next generation of Jewish leaders, weaving a strong network of Jewish organizations, and investing in deep ties with actors in the public square.
Founded
1960
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Empowering individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers
Jewish Vocational Service of Boston (JVS) empowers individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers, and partners with employers to hire, develop, and retain productive workforces. For 75 years JVS has been helping people secure financial independence through educational and employment services. Each year, JVS empowers more than 21,000 individuals through more than 36 services that guide clients on a pathway to meaningful employment; some of which include educational testing, skills training, English for Speakers of Other Languages, job search training, career counseling, Adult Basic Literacy and Adult Diploma Program instruction, citizenship education and financial literacy.
Founded
1932
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Transforming Lives at Risk Since 1899
Founded in 1899, the Boston Rescue Mission offers resources that prevent and end homelessness. We support the recovery, health, faith and independence of those who have a history of substance abuse, incarceration, and homelessness. We raise awareness about the root causes of these life risks, and serve everyone with respect, integrity and grace. We aim to reflect the teachings of Jesus and the love of God in all we do. At the Boston Rescue Mission, our programs and services focus a great deal on preventing homelessness. Our range of services also strives to meet the needs of a population of female ex-offenders. The goal of this re-entry program is to reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and help female ex-offenders to re-enter society as independent women living fulfilling and crime-free lives.
Founded
1937
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Promoting children's literacy and braille books and materials for blind and low vision children and adults
National Braille Press (NBP) was founded in 1927 to provide a newspaper to blind individuals - who at that time - were dependent on family and friends to tell them about the events of the world. NBP's dedication to providing tools and resources to empower blind and visually impaired to actively engage in the world around them still continues.Today, NBP not only provides Syndicated Columnists Weekly - a 36-page braille edition that contains some of the best editorials of the week from prestigious papers such as The Washington Post, New York Times, and Chicago Tribune, we also provide braille books for children, braille cookbooks for adults, and braille computer and smartphone manuals, text books, and standardized test materials for blind and visually impaired students. We even provide braille airline safety guides and braille Starbuck's menus. We are proud to report that our work today impacts the lives of over 15,000 blind and low vision individuals each year.
Founded
1944
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Saving animal and human lives through research modernization
New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) is a national animal advocacy organization founded in 1895. NEAVS' mission is to end the cruelty and waste of animal experiments and replace them with modern alternatives that are ethically, humanely, and scientifically superior. NEAVS advocates for the protection of animals through public outreach efforts and publications, through education programs designed to promote greater compassion and respect for life, and through the support of legislative initiatives and litigation intended for the protection of animals.
Founded
1922
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Making accessible the histories of families in America
Since 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has been the country's leading research center for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today we provide more than 20,000 members nationwide with access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere. Our resources, reputation, and expertise are unmatched in the field and our leading staff of on-site and on-line genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, and Canadian research. The NEHGS research library, located in Boston, is home to more than 12 million original documents, artifacts, records, manuscripts, books, family papers, bibles, and photographs dating back more than four centuries. This incredible collection provides unprecedented access to information that is simply not available anywhere else.
Founded
1959
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Impacting the lives of 2000 individuals each year from infants to nonagenarians
Founded in 1907, The South Boston Neighborhood House impacts the lives of 2000 individuals each year from infants to nonagenarians. Our focus is families and our five program and service areas, Early Education & Care Preschool, School Age Programs, Education & Career Development, Senior Programs and Family Engagement, are designed to work together to strengthen the fabric of family and community life through education and opportunity. The South Boston Neighborhood House is the oldest continually operating human service agency in South Boston, and the community's only independent multi-service provider. As an independent and stand-alone agency, South Boston Neighborhood House can be flexible, rapid in our response to community needs and at the forefront of community issues.
Founded
1938
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A library and cultural center for members and scholars
Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries and cultural institutions in the United States. The mission of the Boston Athenæum is to serve its members, the broader community, and scholars throughout the world by preserving and augmenting its collections of books and art, by providing library services and cultural programs, and by preserving and enhancing the unique atmosphere of its landmark building.
Founded
2016
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Defining the past. Shaping the future.
Founded in 1910, Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional preservation organization in the country. It offers a unique opportunity to experience the lives and stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions with a variety of programs: 36 house museums and landscapes spanning four centuries of architectural styles and five New England states; a collection of more than 100,000 objects of New England art and artifacts; an archive of more than one million items documenting New England's architectural and cultural history; nationally recognized educational programs that use historic resources to reinforce and enrich student learning; and partnership programs with property owners with a shared goal of protecting the unique character of historic properties throughout the region.
Founded
1928
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Independence and dignity through work.
Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries' mission is to help individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency to achieve independence and dignity through work. Not charity, but a chance.Goodwill's vision is to be recognized throughout eastern and central Massachusetts as a leader in helping individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency to enter and succeed in the workplace. Goodwill empowers people to build on their strengths to transform their lives through work. It actively engages businesses in all aspects of its endeavors and presents employers with qualified and committed workers. Its social enterprises offer training and work experience for individuals and economic vitality for communities.
Founded
1930
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Large
Performing Baroque and Classical music at the highest level of artistic excellence.
A principal leader of Boston's arts community since 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is dedicated to performing Baroque and Classical music at the highest level of artistic excellence and to sharing that music with as large and diverse an audience as possible through concert performances at Symphony and Jordan Halls, tours, recordings, radio broadcasts, and outreach initiatives for students and underserved communities.
Founded
1957
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Advancing public health and medical research
Founded in 1957 as The Medical Foundation, Health Resources in Action is a public health and medical research funding organization committed to helping people live healthier lives and creating healthy communities through prevention, health promotion and research. For nearly half a century The Medical Foundation has worked with academic medical research institutions, health organizations, community coalitions and neighborhood groups, state and local governments, the faith community, and youth serving organizations to create grant programs to support medical research as well as identify and address important health issues in innovative ways.
Founded
1962
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Discover. Care. Believe.
Founded in 1947, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute provides expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases. Since 1948, the Jimmy Fund has supported the fight against cancer in children and adults at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, helping to raise the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. The Institute employs about 4,000 people supporting more than 250,000 patient visits a year, is involved in some 700 clinical trials, and is internationally renowned for its blending of research and clinical excellence.
Founded
1964
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Bringing new levels of excellence to the art of ballet through performance, training, education, and community outreach
Boston Ballet, founded in 1963 by E. Virginia Williams, was the first professional repertory ballet company in New England. Boston Ballet, a professional dance company and the region's second-largest performing arts organization, is dedicated to the highest standards of dance performance, training, and education. The Company presents fully staged classical and contemporary works each season. Performances reach a broadly inclusive audience of over 150,000 from throughout the state and region, and support an institutional mission that values leadership, innovation, and partnership. Boston Ballet School serves an associated imperative to train dancers of all ages and provide general access to the art of dance.
Founded
1965
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Live united
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley brings our communities together to help improve people's lives and strengthen the neighborhoods in our region. United Way was built on the idea that if we are to make meaningful, lasting change, we have make it easier for these efforts to come together. To make the greatest impact possible, United Way aligns a network of more than 200 independent health and human service under the same set of community goals. According to our common goals, we seek to: nurture children so that they are prepared to enter school ready to learn; provide youth with adult guidance to give them positive options for the future; and ensure that families have safe permanent homes as well as the skills and opportunities to build better futures.
Founded
1983
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Preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans
The Museum of African American History is New England's largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. The mission of the Museum of African American History is to preserve and interpret the contributions of people of African descent and those who have found common cause with them in the struggle for liberty and justice for all Americans. began its first exhibitions and public gatherings in 1963. It is nationally and internationally known for its collection of historic sites in Boston and Nantucket. The Museum treasures its resources and tells remarkable and vivid historical accounts about the lives of free African Americans and white abolitionists whose efforts changed a nation.
Founded
1970
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Large
It's your BLO. You make opera happen.
The mission of Boston Lyric Opera is to build curiosity, enthusiasm, and support for opera, by creating musically and theatrically compelling productions, events, and educational resources, for our community and beyond. We produce opera in all forms, large to small, popular to less known, from early music to newly commissioned works.Boston Lyric Opera is New England's largest opera company. Founded in 1976, BLO is recognized for its artistically excellent productions of a diverse repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences and feature emerging operatic talent. BLO produces four mainstage productions each season: three at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre in Boston and an Opera Annex production in an alternative space outside the traditional opera theatre. BLO's programs are funded, in part, by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Founded
1972
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Large
Life-changing services for homeless and at-risk youth ages 14 to 24 since 1970
Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Bridge) is Boston's premier organization dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth through safe, supportive, and encouraging relationships and effective and innovative services that guide them toward self-sufficiency. Bridge began in 1970 with a small but energetic group of staff and volunteers, who offered free and confidential services to homeless young people on the streets of Boston. Of the young people who seek help at Bridge, 100 percent live at the poverty level. Bridge offers a safe and supportive environment in which these troubled youth can find out who they are and where they want to be. Then we help them get there.
Founded
1973
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Large
Protecting vulnerable consumers and promoting marketplace justice
The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) is the nation's consumer law expert, helping consumers, their advocates, and public policy makers use powerful and complex consumer laws on behalf of low-income and vulnerable Americans seeking economic justice. In addition to disadvantaged consumers everywhere, we devote special attention to the problems of immigrants, vulnerable elders, homeowners, former welfare recipients, victims of domestic violence, military personnel, and others. NCLC also provides support on issues involving consumer fraud, debt collection, consumer finance, energy assistance programs, predatory lending, and sustainable home ownership programs.
Founded
1973
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Large
The memory and educational voice of "Old Ironsides."
The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of "Old Ironsides." Founded in 1972, the private, non-profit USS Constitution Museum interprets the active duty US Navy vessel USS CONSTITUTION. Hands-on exhibits, online experiences, and amazing artifacts bring to life the stories of "Old Ironsides'' for more than 400,000 visitors each year. Visitors explore how ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances achieved remarkable success and how this undefeated wooden warship has become a national symbol. Extensive teacher resources and educational programs make history relevant for today's students. An admission by donation policy ensures all visitors access to this icon of the American experience. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the USS Constitution Museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.
Founded
1974
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Ending homelessness in Boston
Pine Street Inn works to be a community of respect and hope for each guest it serves; to be a resource through which neighbors and friends can help to meet the basic needs of others; and to serve as a national leader in the fight to end homelessness. Our services include permanent supportive housing, emergency and transitional shelter, over 3,000 prepared meals served each day, street outreach, job training, and mental health support and substance abuse treatment. Founded in 1969, Pine Street Inn serves more than 1,300 homeless individuals daily and 10,000 annually, providing the full spectrum of services to help men and women reach their highest level of independence and get back to a place they can call home.
Founded
1976
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Large
A sanctuary for poor and homeless women
Since 1974 poor and homeless women have found an oasis of hope and nourishment at Rosie's Place. The mission of Rosie's Place is to help women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. With the help of people who believe change is possible and share our vision of justice, Rosie's Place has accomplished amazing things, both big and small. Each year: 74,000 nutritionally balanced meals are served in our warm and cheery dining room; 800 women choose free non-perishable food items and fresh produce from our groceries program each month; more than 500 women find safety and nurturing in our emergency and short-term housing; and advocates help more than 100 women find a home of their own and avoid eviction.
Founded
1976
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Cultivating and promoting the arts in New England and beyond
NEFA's mission is to build connections among artists, arts organizations, and funders, powering the arts to energize communities in New England, the nation, and the world.
Founded
1978
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Tiny
You are not alone
Samaritans' purpose is to alleviate despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in our community, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide. We accomplish this through services that emphasize confidential, nonjudgmental, and compassionate listening. Samaritans' goal is to reduce the risk of suicide and increase awareness about suicide prevention throughout Greater Boston and MetroWest. We accomplish this through five suicide prevention programs.
Founded
1980
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Small
Equal justice under law
Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.
Founded
1982
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Small
Youth development for community change
Since 1968, Sociedad Latina has worked in partnership with Latino youth and families to end destructive cycles of poverty, health inequities, and lack of educational and professional opportunities in our community. Through our Pathways to Success model we pioneer new and innovative solutions to the most pressing issues facing Latino youth today, supporting positive youth development from age 10-21, creating a community that supports young people, and training all youth to advocate for themselves and their communities.
Founded
1979
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Tiny
Passionate music making without boundaries
The Boston Philharmonic message rings loud and clear- music making is a privilege and a joy, and above all, a collaborative adventure. The orchestra's season includes performances at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Sanders Theatre at Harvard University and often Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall. The musicians represent the original spirited blend, and account for the passion, high level of participation, and technical accomplishment for which this ensemble is celebrated. The professionals maintain the highest standard, the students keep the focus on training and education, and the gifted amateurs-including doctors, lawyers, teachers, and computer programmers-remind everybody that music-making is an expression of enthusiasm and love.
Founded
1982
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Tiny
Where community is family.
Bird Street Community Center (legally incorporated as "Upham's Corner Community Center, Inc.") works provide low income high-risk youth with all of the critical programs and services that allow inner city children and youth to rise above poverty, to become the first in their families to graduate from college, to lead the community as a place of peace and prosperity, and to thrive as the adults of tomorrow. Bird Street provides these programs and services in an environment that is youth-friendly, safe, and supportive of the potential that is possible when families schools, and agencies work together to nurture the young.
Founded
1990
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Large
The Greater Boston Food Bank's mission is to End Hunger Here.
Founded in 1981, The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in New England, and one of the largest food banks in the country. GBFB was able to meet or exceed all of our organizational goals for the 2014 fiscal year. Highlights from the past year include: - GBFB distributed over 50 million pounds of food, or over 40 million meals to community members in need through our member agencies and programs. - Fresh produce accounted for one quarter of our overall distribution, a dramatic 230% increase from only three years ago. - 25,000 volunteers donated their time to GBFB, saving $1 million in labor costs. - GBFB's mobile markets and school-based pantries reached isolated and low-income communities with an average of 30 pounds of healthy food per household per distribution, such as frozen meats and fresh produce.
Founded
1982
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Tiny
Enhancing Care. Enriching Lives
Founded in 1982, the mission of the Genesis Foundation for Children (TGFC) is to raise money to fund innovative clinical, educational and therapeutic programs for children with complex genetic disorders. Our work ensures that these children and their families receive the care and support they need. The Genesis Foundation for Children primarily supports The Feingold Center for Children at Boston Children's Hospital (FCC), The Pregnancy Exposure InfoLine (PEIL) and Therapy & the Performing Arts (TPA). TGFC also provides support to others that share our desire to provide coordinated care to children with special needs.
Founded
1983
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Medium
Standing at the forefront of community media and empowerment
Boston Neighborhood Network, managed by the Boston Community Access and Programming Foundation, is a nationally recognized, award-winning community media center that acts as a public forum for all Boston residents, nonprofit and community-based organizations, and governmental and educational institutions, providing them with affordable training and access to emerging media technologies.
Founded
1983
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Tiny
Nurturing Artistic Excellence. Building Self-Esteem. Teaching Life-Long Skills.
The Freelance Players uses theater to foster imagination, self expression, mutual respect, and confidence in young people. Freelance promotes community by building bridges across ethnic, geographic and socio-economic boundaries in greater Boston. Freelance engages youth in the creation and performance of original musical theater for audiences of all ages. The Freelance Players' company Urban Improv is a violence prevention program for young people that uses structured theater improvisation to teach decision making, impulse control, and values clarification. Urban Improv provides interactive workshops that challenge students to deal creatively with major issues in their lives.
Founded
1983
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Tiny
Funding global movements for social change
Grassroots International works to create a just and sustainable world by building alliances with progressive movements. We provide grants to our Global South partners and join them in advocating for social change. Our primary focus is on land, water and food as human rights and nourishing the political struggle necessary to achieve these rights. Grassroots is a human rights and international development organization that supports community-led sustainable development projects. Since 1983 we have worked in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, concentrating our efforts in areas where U.S. foreign policy has been an obstacle to positive change and where creative grassroots movements build local solutions to global problems.
Founded
1985
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Small
Assisting public interest organizations
The Center for Public Interest Research engages in research and education and assists public interest organizations engaged in similar activities. The Center works with various state public interest research groups (PIRG's) to support development of the consumer protection movement through coordinated research, report writing, coalition building, citizen outreach and public education. In addition, we work with state PIRG's on a range of environmental and other public interest programs including educating the public and decision makers on issues such as a right to know, preservation of the environment, and protection of clean air and clean water.
Founded
1986
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Tiny
Fighting for essential freedoms for computer users
The Free Software Foundation (FSF), founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' rights to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free software, particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants - and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software. Current projects include GPL Version 3; the GPL Compliance Lab; the Free Software Directory; and Savannah, software development services provided to free software developers around the world. Additionally, FSF is committed to furthering the development of the GNU Operating System, providing development systems for GNU software maintainers.
Founded
1987
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Small
A Fresh Approach to Ending Hunger
Project Bread is an anti-hunger organization committed to providing people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food. From community-based meal programs, to early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, to improved access to farm-to-table resources, Project Bread approaches hunger as a complex problem with multiple solutions. With funds raised through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, and other sources, Project Bread pioneers innovative initiatives and supports effective programs to eradicate hunger. For more information, visit www.projectbread.org.
Founded
1988
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Large
Providing homeless veterans with the tools needed for independent living
The New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV) was founded in 1989 and is one of the Nation's largest private resource providers for Veterans of every era who face challenges and/or are at-risk of homelessness.The Center currently houses approximately 350 male and female Veterans every night at its downtown Boston facility. It has a capacity to provide transitional and emergency housing for more than 300 Veterans who are working to escape homelessness; and permanent supportive housing units for 59 Veterans.NECHV is continually expending, refining and improving its programs of service to ensure it is able to address the complex challenges that Veterans may face. Collaborative partnerships with medical facilities, government agencies, educational institutions, the businesses community, and other community-based service providers have enabled NECHV to emerge as one of the country's largest private Veteran service providers.
Founded
1994
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Changing lives through challenge and discovery
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC) is a not-for-profit organization whose primary purpose is to provide adventurous and challenging experiential learning programs that inspire character development, compassion, community service, environmental responsibility and academic achievement for early adolescents from all communities of greater metropolitan Boston, and the institutions and adults who support them. Using the wilderness as a classroom, Outward Bound guides students through a journey of self-discovery. By combining learning-by-doing, adventure, challenge and fun within a diverse group of students, we set the stage for them to explore their possibilities as leaders, problem solvers, and responsible citizens of the world community.
Founded
1990
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Tiny
Changing the way people eat
Founded in 1990, Oldways Preservation Trust is a internationally-respected organization, changing the way people eat through practical and positive programs grounded in science, traditions, and delicious foods and drinks. It is best known for developing consumer-friendly health-promotion tools, including the well-known Mediterranean Diet Pyramid. Oldways also creates and organizes a wide variety of other educational activities, conferences and materials about healthy eating, drinking, lifestyle and the traditional pleasures of the table. Its educational programs are for consumers, scientists, the food industry, health professionals, chefs, journalists and policy makers.
Founded
1989
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Tiny
Together for all.
The Irish International Immigrant Center assists immigrants from Ireland and from around the world as they integrate into American society, and with partner organizations, promotes reconciliation in Ireland. We are a vibrant welcome center that provides legal, wellness and education services, advocates for systemic change, and facilitates cross-cultural community building. Our vision is of a shared society where all people are welcomed and valued and enjoy equal opportunities, and protections.
Founded
1991
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Medium
Life. Transforming. Results.
Founded in 1990, The Steppingstone Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that develops and implements programs that prepare underserved students for educational opportunities that lead to college success. Based on the premise that, regardless of circumstance, children can achieve at high levels with effective preparation and support, Steppingstone programs emphasize rigorous standards and achieve meaningful results.
Founded
1992
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Tiny
Empowering youth & adults as agents of positive change
The mission of the Center for Teen Empowerment is to empower youth and adults as agents of individual, institutional, and social change. Teen Empowerment (TE) inspires young people, and the adults who work with them, to think deeply about the most difficult social problems in their communities, and gives them the tools they need to work with others in creating significant positive change. At TE's youth organizing sites, youth and adult staff bring authentic youth voice into the dialogue about improving their communities, mobilize the energy of urban youth to create meaningful change, and facilitate mutually respectful relationships between youth and adults.
Founded
1992
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Large
Connecting you to the natural world
Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education. Zoo New England operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston's historic Franklin Park, long considered the crown jewel of Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace Park System. Stone Zoo, formerly known as the Middlesex Fells Zoo, is located on a 26-acre site near the sparkling Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA.
Founded
1996
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Large
Creative Jobs for Creative Youth
Artists For Humanity's (AFH) mission is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design. AFH tackles the myriad of problems youth face today with tremendous impact. We celebrate the talents and wonderful energy of young people by giving them hands-on experiences in creativity, business, teamwork, and self-governance. Participants learn the techniques and tools of professional artists and the business world while engaging in education, employment, artistic exploration, and entrepreneurial experience. This produces life-transforming change for youth and for their communities.
Founded
1993
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Tiny
Using the bicycle as a vehicle for social change
Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change. We reclaim thousands of bicycles each year. We create local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs, and sustainable transportation. Our programs mobilize youth and adults to be leaders in community transformation.
Founded
1994
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Large
Providing a high quality education
Mother Caroline Academy is a private, tuition free school for girls in grades 4-8 from limited financial means. It serves girls of all faiths, races and cultures from Boston neighborhoods. The mission of the school is to provide a high quality education that develops the individual gifts of each student and prepares her for success in competitive secondary schools and college. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, that recognizes the dignity of each person, the Academy emphasizes the importance of scholarship, leadership, spiritual, social and moral development. The Mother Caroline community continues to support and nourish its graduates throughout their secondary and college education.
Founded
1993
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Tiny
Commitment. Action. Innovation
Since its founding in 1993, Second Nature has played a critical role in mobilizing higher education to move the needle towards the goal of a sustainable society. We created and oversee the largest voluntary carbon neutrality commitment in any sector in the United States. Millions of students have passed through these schools and this history has placed Second Nature in a key leadership position working with higher education to advance sustainability.
Founded
1994
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Small
Transforming schools to ensure that all students succeed
The mission of the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) is to transform schools to ensure that all students succeed. We believe that schools should prepare every student to achieve academically and make a positive contribution to a democratic society. To achieve its vision of a world where every student is college- and career-ready and prepared to become a compassionate, contributing global citizen, CCE works at the school, district and state levels in New England. CCE partners with public schools and districts to create and sustain effective and equitable schools. CCE seeks to influence the larger public's view on education to better support change that fosters democratic and equitable schools.
Founded
1995
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Tiny
Your vision. Our mission.
Established in 1995, the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is dedicated to helping women start and grow their own businesses and is a national leader among women's business development agencies. CWE's mission is to provide opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial independence. CWE achieves this mission by providing education, training, technical assistance, access to markets, and paths to funding to entrepreneurs at every stage of business development. With offices in Boston and Worcester MA, Providence, RI, Nashua, NH, and Vermont, CWE serves thousands of women (and men) annually, providing them with the tools they need to successfully create new income opportunities for themselves and their families, while also boosting the greater New England economy. CWE provides scholarships in order to make their services available to all clients, regardless of their ability to pay.
Founded
1995
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Large
Expanding the learning day for low-income children across the country
Founded in 1995, Citizen Schools operates a growing national network of after-school education programs for students in the middle grades (6th, 7th and 8th). Our programs complement classroom learning by engaging students in hands-on learning projects led by adult volunteers after school and supported by a staff of professional educators. Through the demonstration of our powerful impact and partnerships with out-of-school advocates, we are at the forefront of a movement to transform the learning day and improve the educational trajectories of young people across the country. Today Citizen Schools operates in middle schools in seven states, serving 4,400 kids and engaging 3,200 volunteers.
Founded
1995
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Medium
Jumpstart is working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.
Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and cost-effective program by training college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Jumpstart is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network.
Founded
1995
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Tiny
One process, many diseases. One approach, many possible cures.
Founded in 1994, the Angiogenesis Foundation is the world's first 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to conquering disease using a new approach based on angiogenesis, the growth of new capillary blood vessels in the body. We are committed to helping people around the world benefit from the full promise of angiogenesis-based medicine, and to make life-, limb-, and vision-saving treatments available to everyone in need.
Founded
1995
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Small
Bringing the islands to life
Boston Harbor Island Alliance promotes the use, enjoyment, and awareness of the Boston Harbor Islands national park area by creating vibrant public spaces, facilities, and programming on the islands, raising and managing the public and private resources necessary to do so. The Alliance attracts and manages funds for educational, recreational, and environmental programs and projects, and assists state and federal agencies with implementing services. One of our primary objectives is to create the environmental stewards of tomorrow by bringing youth to the islands and educating them about their environment.
Founded
1995
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Tiny
Research. Journalism. Civic life.
Founded in 1996, MassINC (The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth) is an independent, nonpartisan research and educational institute. MassINC is motivated by a vision of a renewed commonwealth where every family can pursue the American Dream. Our mission is to develop a public agenda for Massachusetts that promotes the growth and vitality of the middle class. We see the middle class as the bellwether of our state's social and economic prosperity. Our goal is to make Massachusetts a place of economic opportunity and civic vitality for all its citizens.
Founded
1998
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Tiny
Building social movements for greater equality
Founded in 1994, United for a Fair Economy (UFE) is a movement support organization, providing media capacity, face-to-face economic literacy education, and training resources to organizations and individuals who work to address the widening income and asset gaps in our country. We envision communities and nations that do not have dramatic disparities of income, wages, wealth, health, safety, respect, and opportunities for recreation and personal growth. We are dedicated to supporting a movement towards a powerful fair economy through education, campaigns that build power to change policy, and creative tactics that infuse the economic justice movement with vision, humor, and hope.
Founded
1996
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Small
The power of peacemakers
Peace First teaches young people the critical skills of peacemaking - the social-emotional skills of cooperation, communication, conflict resolution, and empathy as well as the core tools for civic engagement - as a core part of their school day, alongside reading and math. The heart of our program is a Pre-K-8 curriculum integrated weekly into the academic frameworks of the school, taught by AmeriCorps members in partnership with the classroom teacher. The program begins by teaching basic communication and conflict resolution strategies through hand-on activities and then allowing students to put their peacemaking skills into action through a community service learning projects that promote civic engagement. This classroom work is supported by intense coaching with principals and lead teachers to deepen their efficacies in supporting academically and emotionally successful young people.
Founded
1997
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Large
Nurturing urban youth as students, athletes and citizens
SquashBusters is a sports-based after-school youth enrichment program located in Boston and Lawrence, Massachusetts. We use the sport of squash, in combination with academic enrichment / homework tutoring, community service, school counseling and placement, and summer opportunities to improve the lives of Boston and Lawrence youth. SquashBusters has served more than 500 young people since its 1996 inception. SquashBusters' Mission is to challenge and nurture urban youth- as students, athletes and citizens- so that they recognize and fulfill their fullest potential in life. SquashBusters aims to ensure that all its students graduate from high school, and matriculate to and graduate from college. By doing so, its students grow to become healthy, civic-minded, educated adults.
Founded
1997
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Large
Helping thousands of low-income students
Bottom Line is dedicated to helping disadvantaged students get in to college, graduate from college, and go far in life. We achieve this mission by providing low-income and first-generation students with one-on-one guidance through the application process and during college. Since 1997, Bottom Line has addressed the low college graduation rates of at-risk urban youth. Our organization was founded on the belief that students need a mentor and a guide during the college application process and throughout college to succeed. By providing consistent one-on-one support, Bottom Line has helped thousands of low-income and first-generation students stay in college and complete their degrees
Founded
1997
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Large
Because we all should have a say in decisions that affect our health
Community Catalyst, a national advocacy organization, has been giving consumers a voice in health care reform for more than a decade. We provide leadership and support to state and local consumer organizations, policymakers and foundations that are working to guarantee access to high-quality, affordable health care for everyone. Our contributions, which range from policy analysis and strategic assistance to managing national campaigns, enable consumer groups to provide leadership in the hard work of transforming the U.S. health care system. Since 1997, in states and communities across the country, we have been a catalyst for collaboration, innovation, and action in health care reform.
Founded
1997
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Tiny
Building a Sustainable Jewish Future
Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) is dedicated to positively impacting the day school field through initiatives that will help day schools tackle affordability issues, achieve financial sustainability, and implement effective advocacy campaigns. PEJE believes that day schools are essential for fostering an engaged Jewish people for an enduring Jewish future. To flourish, Jewish day schools must be destinations of choice for students, families, and philanthropic investment.
Founded
1998
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Giant
Helping social entrepreneurs build world-class organizations
New Profit is a national nonprofit venture philanthropy fund. Our mission is to break down the barriers that stand between people and opportunity in America. We work with visionary entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other partners to upend the status quo and transform the way America educates its children, propels people towards social and financial stability, and creates healthy communities.
Founded
1999
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Medium
Connecting people and parks.
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy connects people and parks and conserves the Emerald Necklace through projects and programs to enrich the visitor experience and restore and renew the landscape, waterways and parkways. To steward the Emerald Necklace's 1,100 acres of parkland extending from Boston's Back Bay through Brookline and Jamaica Plain to Franklin Park in Dorchester, the conservancy works in collaboration with its partners on advocacy, maintenance and restoration, education and access, and promoting park stewardship through volunteer and youth programs.
Founded
1999
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Medium
Reading is doctor-recommended
Founded in 1989, Reach Out and Read prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read's evidence-based model into regular pediatric checkups, by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children. The program begins at the 6-month checkup and continues through age 5, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities. Families served by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills, better prepared to achieve their potential. Currently, more than 27,000 doctors and nurse practitioners at 4,600 hospitals, health centers, and clinics participate in Reach Out and Read, serving nearly 4 million children and families nationwide.
Founded
2000
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Small
Safeguarding against the worst impacts of climate
The Clean Air Task Force (CATF) was launched in 1996 with a single goal: to enact federal policy to reduce the pollutants from America's coal-fired power plants that cause respiratory death and disease, smog, acid rain, and haze. CATF works to help safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies through research and analysis, public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector.
Founded
2001
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Giant
Empowering urban talent to reach their potential
Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up currently serves more than 2,700 students a year at sites in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Jacksonville, the National Capital Region, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay Area, and South Florida.
Founded
2002
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Giant
Providing a preferential option for the poor in healthcare
By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair. We draw on the resources of the world's leading medical and academic institutions and on the lived experience of the world's poorest and sickest communities. At its root, our mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. When our patients are ill and have no access to care, our team of health professionals, scholars, and activists will do whatever it takes to make them well -- just as we would do if a member of our own families, or we ourselves, were ill.
Founded
2002
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Small
Great kids. Great music. Hope for the future.
From the Top is America's largest national platform dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Through live events, NPR and YouTube broadcasts, scholarships, and leadership programs, we empower these extraordinary young people to engage and inspire music lovers of all ages.Our classically-trained musicians, ages 8­­-18, astonish audiences with their skill and talent. Their hard work, dedication, and passion make them role models for their peers (and adults, too!). Yet, when they tell us about their lives outside of music, we are reminded that they are typical kids and teenagers, with normal worries and big dreams. In this winning combination we see a bright future, filled with the joy and hope that music offers to the world.
Founded
1934
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Giant
Promoting the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the Northeast outdoors.
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Northeast region. We believe these resources have intrinsic worth and also provide recreational opportunities, spiritual renewal, and ecological and economic health for the region. Because successful conservation depends on active engagement with the outdoors, we encourage people to experience, learn about, and appreciate the natural world. Our 16,000 volunteers, 500 full time and seasonal staff, and 200,000 constituents are central to our mission. Our staff offers outdoor experiences and programs through our Northeast and Mid-Atlantic lodging destinations; our 12 volunteer-led chapters located from Maine to Washington, D.C. offer local outdoor activities and skills workshops. Staff and volunteers maintain over 1,800 miles of trails, support our conservation policy and research efforts, and get rural, urban and at-risk youth outdoors.
Founded
1960
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Giant
Raising funds to support Boston Latin School and to sponsor programs that serve its alumni
Founded in 1844, the Boston Latin School Association (BLSA) exists to preserve and support the mission and excellence of the Boston Latin School, to build and maintain relationships among its alumni and friends, to raise funds for both school and Association activities. BLSA grants are designed primarily to supplement the funding of programs in technology, language arts, music, drama, and athletics at the Boston Latin School. BLSA grants are also designed to fund college scholarships for the students at the Boston Latin School.
Founded
1945
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Large
Promoting Justice
The mission of the Boston Bar Foundation is to promote justice by funding and promoting innovation in legal services, enhancing access to justice for the underserved, and supporting the public interest activities of the bar. As the official charity of the Boston Bar Association, the BBF's mission is inspired by the values of professionalism, service, compassion and responsibility. We believe these are values that all attorneys owe to themselves, their peers and their community. The BBF helps make our justice system more effective, our students more knowledgeable and the City of Boston a better place in which to live and work.
Founded
1963
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Giant
Providing support for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Founded in 1984, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation provides financial support, staffing, and creative resources for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The Museum portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President. The support provided by the Kennedy Library Foundation enables the federal government to expand the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's research and archival capacity, to undertake marketing and public information projects, to offer intern and research fellowship programs, to enhance its museum and exhibits, and to offer nationally recognized educational and public programming.
Founded
1967
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Large
For a thriving New England
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England's environment for the benefit of all people. We use the law, science and the market to create solutions that preserve our natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy.
Founded
1986
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Giant
Working to ensure that all lower-income young people and workers have the skills and credentials needed to succeed in our economy
Founded in 1986, Jobs for the Future works to ensure that all underprepared young people and workers have the skills and credentials needed to succeed in our economy by creating solutions that catalyze change in our education and workforce delivery systems. Working with our partners, JFF designs and drives the adoption of innovative and scalable education and career training models and systems that lead from college readiness to career advancement. We also develop and advocate for the federal and state policies needed to support these solutions.
Founded
2003
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Tiny
Creating a Strong, Stable, Healthy Family
Julie's Family Learning Program is a community-based family support and education program that is committed to the development of strong, stable, healthy family functioning. Julie's breaks the cycle of poverty among low-income families by providing services that enable poor, at-risk mothers and their children to transform their lives and become healthy, responsible, successful, and economically self-sufficient members of their communities. Julie's was founded in 1974 by two educators, Jean Sullivan, SND and Louise Kearns, SND, who had been working closely with struggling, female-headed families living in crisis at the margins of society. Julie's began as two independent organizations: Julie's Children's House and the Adult Learning Program which merged in 1980.
Founded
1959
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Small
Dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education and economic and social development programs
Founded in 1951 to meet the needs of the educationally disadvantaged, World Education provides training and technical assistance in nonformal education across a wide array of sectors. All World Education projects are designed to strengthen the capacity of local partner institutions, catalyze community and national development, and contribute to individual growth. World Education supports the development of many types of indigenous non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) to achieve long-term results. World Education strives to develop assets such as good health, literacy, numeracy, business and civic participation skills, and access to credit. World Education has worked in over 60 countries in all regions of the globe to provide training and technical assistance in many sectors.
Founded
1995
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Medium
The voice of urban opportunity
The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) is a nonprofit research and strategy organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there. Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, ICIC strengthens inner city economies by providing businesses, governments and investors with the most comprehensive and actionable information in the field about urban market opportunities.
Founded
2008
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Tiny
Protecting America's air, water, and open spaces.
Environment America Research & Public Policy Center was founded 2006. Clean water to drink and clean air to breathe; healthy lakes and rivers that are safe for swimming and fishing; preserved open spaces; clean sources of energy that don't pollute and never run out—all this should be the heritage we leave to future generations. Our staff research the issues, educate the public, and win tangible results.
Founded
2002
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Small
Building a movement of young people talking about Israel in their own words
The David Project positively shapes campus opinion on Israel by educating, training, and empowering student leaders to be thoughtful, strategic and persuasive advocates. Our approach, which we call relational advocacy, emphasizes building relationships with diverse communities on campus and helping students to use their Israel experience to relate to their peers. We encourage them to get to know what is important to the student leaders they are engaging and find common ground. Then, by helping our students plan innovative programming that brings together two or more groups, we are elevating the campus conversation. More students are being reached and, often for the first time, Israel is brought into their world views. This improves both Israel's perception and the campus overall.
Founded
2004
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Medium
Creating local infrastructure to transform the lives of children, youth and families in high-poverty urban areas
The GreenLight Fund “greenlights” powerful programs that can help solve critical local needs, speeding their entry into the new location and giving them a strong start in the local community. With the help of a Selection Advisory Council, the GreenLight Fund identifies urgent needs in the local community and vets potential organizations based on their ability to meet these needs and build on the landscape of organizations already working in the community. Once an organization is “greenlighted” for the local community, the GreenLight Fund partners with the organization to build a strong local organizational foundation and launch the program as quickly as possible. The GreenLight Fund provides critical support during the first four-six years of a program's life in the new community. GreenLight is an on-the-ground partner invested in the early and long-term success of the organization.
Founded
2005
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Medium
Closing the opportunity gap
Founded in 2005, Boston After School & Beyond is a public-private partnership that seeks to ensure that every child in Boston has the opportunity to develop to his or her full potential. Boston Beyond's role is to expand learning and skill development opportunities for students. Boston Beyond mobilizes partnerships among program providers, philanthropy, business and higher education, and the City of Boston, especially the Boston Public Schools. Boston Beyond advances student learning by leveraging the strengths of program providers, both large and small, through a coordinated approach to school and community partnerships. This coordinated approach is at the core of every Boston Beyond initiative.
Founded
2005
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Large
Discovering cures for neuroendocrine cancer
The mission of the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation is to fund research to discover cures and more effective treatments for carcinoid, pancreatic, and related neuroendocrine cancers. To achieve rapid discovery of cures, the NET Research Foundation directs its donations to fund breakthrough scientific research of neuroendocrine cancers. Since its inception, the NET Research Foundation has awarded over $14 million in large-scale, multi-year research grants to leading scientists at renowned research institutions, and has funded research at 7 of the top 10 U.S. cancer centers.
Founded
2007
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Small
Spreading the power of optimism to children who desperately need it
The Life is Good Kids Foundation helps kids overcome poverty, violence, and illness by using the power of joyful play to heal and strengthen children. We support the men and women who dedicate their careers to helping children heal from the devastating impact of early childhood trauma. We provide a continuum of personal and professional development resources that help childcare professionals tap into the power of optimism and build healing, life-changing relationships with children in their care. Our initiative is based on the belief that in order to better care for the most vulnerable children, we must better support those who care for them.
Founded
1984
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Giant
Building minds, changing lives
CSF changes lives by providing families with demonstrated financial need an opportunity to give their sons and daughters a quality education, focused on Christian values and character formation at Catholic Schools located throughout the Archdiocese of Boston, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender.
Founded
1984
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Medium
Dignity is everything
Since 1982, thousands of women in Greater Boston have found refuge and welcome at Women's Lunch Place. Women's Lunch Place provides a safe, comfortable day time shelter, nutritious food, and vital services for women experiencing homelessness or poverty. We treat women with dignity and respect, and foster a community committed to meeting each woman's needs. We are open six days a week, year-round, to serve anyone who identifies as a woman, with no requirements to receive any service. In the words of one guest, "I was half a person in the street and they put me together."
Founded
1984
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Large
Shelter and rehabilitative programs for the poor and homeless
Founded in 1984, St. Francis House is New England's largest day shelter for the poor and homeless. We are nonprofit and nonsectarian, providing basic and rehabilitative services designed to help homeless adults establish lives independent of shelters and institutions. Our goal is to provide our guests with everything they need to reclaim their dignity and rebuild their lives: nutritious meals, clothing, access to medical care, counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and housing. Vocational rehabilitation, in particular, is a strategic institutional goal, focused on helping our guests re-enter the workforce and positively engage with the world, strengthening themselves, their families, and the social and economic fabric of our communities.St. Francis House provides 800 meals per day and is the only place in Boston where adults can receive a free breakfast and lunch every day of the year, no questions asked.
Founded
1993
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Medium
20 years of common sense . . .and uncommon results
Founded in 1988, Pioneer Institute is a non-partisan public policy think tank committed to keeping Massachusetts economically competitive and to strengthening the core values of an open society. To inspire market-driven policy reforms, Pioneer promotes individual freedom and responsibility and limited, accountable government. The Institute has changed the intellectual climate in Massachusetts by commissioning timely and rigorous academic studies from leading scholars. Pioneer's Center for School Reform seeks to increase the educational options available to parents, drive system-wide reform, and ensure accountability in public education. The Center for Economic Opportunity seeks to keep Massachusetts competitive by promoting a healthy business climate. The Shamie Center for Better Government seeks limited, accountable government.
Founded
1986
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Giant
Boston's largest and most popular theatre company
Founded in 1982 by Boston University, The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston's largest and most popular theatre company and one of the nation's most respected. The company stages its productions in two world-class venues: the historic, Broadway-style, 890-seat Boston University Theatre on Huntington Avenue, and the state-of-the-art Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, built and operated by the Huntington since 2004, houses the 370-seat Virginia Wimberly Theatre and the 200-seat Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio. Over the past two decades, the Huntington's nationally recognized education programs have served more than 200,000 middle school and high school students, and its community outreach programs bring theatre each year to the deaf and blind communities, the elderly, and other underserved populations in the Greater Boston area.
Founded
1987
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Tiny
Providing services and resources to communities disadvantaged by decades of apartheid policies
The South Africa Development Fund (SADF), formerly known as Fund for a Free South Africa, was established in 1985 by a group of South Africans living in exile in the United States. SADF provides grants to community-based organizations committed to non-sexist, non-racial, democratic practices and which address human rights through health, education, economic development, environmental justice and democracy-building. SADF seeks to use philanthropy to promote grassroots activism aimed at providing services and resources to communities disadvantaged by decades of apartheid policies. SADF has used its grantmaking to focus on the needs of the most disadvantaged sectors of South Africa: women, children, rural people, unemployed, residents of informal settlements, elderly and disabled.
Founded
1986
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Medium
Preventing new HIV infections and optimizing the health of those already infected
Founded in 1983, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is a community-based health organization whose mission is to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic by preventing new infections and optimizing the health of those already infected. AIDS Action accomplishes that mission by providing support services for people living with AIDS and HIV; educating the public and health professionals about how to prevent HIV transmission; and advocating for fair and effective AIDS policy at the city, state and federal levels. AIDS Action provides free, confidential services to 2,500 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS.
Founded
1993
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Large
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions between the ages of 2½ and 18 to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Every year, approximately 500 Massachusetts and Rhode Island children are newly diagnosed with a serious illness and newly eligible for a wish. Our ultimate goal is to grant wishes for every medically eligible child in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The joy began in 1987, when the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island fulfilled its very first wish. Since that first inspired wish, we have served over 4,000 seriously ill children throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and State of Rhode Island. We have grown from granting a single wish in our first year to serving over 309 children annually.
Founded
1988
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Giant
Give a year. Change the world.
City Year was founded in 1988 on the belief that young people can change the world. City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders help children stay in school and on track, and transform schools and communities across the United States, as well as through international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. By giving corps members the skills and opportunities to serve in schools and neighborhoods across the country, City Year seeks to: help children succeed; build stronger communities; break down social barriers; develop young leaders; and foster active citizenship.
Founded
1992
Size
Tiny
Educating the public and professionals about OCD
Founded by a group of people with OCD in 1986, the mission of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is to help individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders to live full and productive lives. Our aim is to increase access to effective treatment, end the stigma associated with mental health issues, and foster a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them. The Foundation has grown into an international membership-based organization serving a broad community of individuals with OCD and related disorders their family members and loved ones and mental health professionals and researchers.
Founded
1993
Size
Large
Every homeless child will have the opportunity to learn, play, and thrive.
Horizons for Homeless Children was founded in 1988 as an independent organization dedicated exclusively to serving young homeless children and their families. Horizons for Homeless Children touches the lives of more than 2,000 young homeless children each week in Massachusetts through Playspaces (trauma-informed educational and recreational spaces) in shelters and 175 children each day and over 300 a year through its three early education centers, Boston's only comprehensive, trauma-informed full-time early education and care centers specifically for homeless children. In addition to direct service, we advocate on behalf of young homeless children and their families with policy makers and provide training and technical assistance to related educators and service providers.
Founded
1989
Size
Medium
Bringing the world's best performers to Boston
The Celebrity Series Mission: To present world-class performing artists who inspire and enrich our community.The Celebrity Series Vision: We believe in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experience, transform lives, and build better communities. We envision a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience - on stages, in schools, in homes - everywhere.
Founded
1990
Size
Large
Sustainability is the bottom line.
Formed in 1989, Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization leading the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through our powerful networks and advocacy, we tackle the world's biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses. Ceres' mission is to transform the economy to build a sustainable future for people and the planet. Ceres' vision is of a world in which business and capital markets promote the well being of human society and the protection of the earth's biological systems and resources. Ceres advances its vision by bringing investors, environmental groups and other stakeholders together to encourage companies and capital markets to incorporate environmental and social challenges into their day-to-day decision-making.
Founded
1991
Size
Tiny
Promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) is the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees. We serve the Commonwealth's one million foreign-born residents with policy analysis and advocacy, institutional organizing, training and leadership development, strategic communications, citizenship assistance, and AmeriCorps initiatives that provide capacity-building for community-based organizations. The Coalition involves an active membership of over 130 organizations, including community-based groups, social service organizations, ethnic associations, schools, refugee resettlement agencies, health centers, hospitals, religious institutions, unions and law firms, as well as thousands of individual members, contributors, and allies.
Founded
1992
Size
Small
Food Heals
Community Servings is dedicated to providing free home-delivered meals throughout Eastern Massachusetts to people homebound with HIV/AIDS and other acute life-threatening illnesses, who are unable to shop or cook for themselves. We provide our clients, their dependent families, and caregivers appealing, nutritious meals, reaching out to those in greatest need. Our goals are to help our clients maintain their health and dignity, preserve the integrity of their families, provide nutritionally and culturally appropriate meals, and send the message that someone cares.
Founded
1993
Size
Small
Expanding quality mentoring for youth across Massachusetts.
Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand quality mentoring for youth to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. Founded in 1992, MMP currently serves more than 200 mentoring programs statewide supporting 30,000 youth in mentoring relationships. We provide services including training and technical assistance, networking and professional development, mentor recruitment campaigns, advocacy, resource development & recognition, and mentor-mentee match activities.
Founded
1988
Size
Giant
The power of people against poverty
Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. With 70 years of experience in more than 90 countries, Oxfam takes on the big issues that keep people poor: inequality, discrimination, and unequal access to resources including food, water, and land. We help people save lives in disasters, build stronger futures for themselves, and hold the powerful accountable. Join us.www.oxfamamerica.org.
Founded
1970
Size
Medium
A safe place to learn and grow
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, established in 1970, inspires and enables all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community.
Founded
1972
Size
Medium
Serving the Asian immigrant and Asian American communities
The mission of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center is to that the children, youth and families have the resources and supports they need to achieve greater economic success and social and physical well-being. Since 1969, BCNC has served as a vital link supporting the growing Asian immigrant and Asian American community of greater Boston. With a focus on serving those most in need, over 70% of BCNC's constituents meet federal poverty guidelines. BCNC provides resources that strengthen self-sufficiency and encourages integration into the US while preserving the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Asian community. BCNC is a state-certified minority provider serving over 2,300 people each year through one or more of the following programs: (1) Acorn Center for Early Education and Care (2) Adult Education (3) Arts and Enrichment (4) Family Child Care (5) Family Services (6) Recreation and Fitness (7) Recreation and Fitness and (8) the Youth Center.
Founded
1973
Size
Medium
Because the rights you save may be your own
The ACLU of Massachusetts exists to defend and promote the principle of "liberty and justice for ALL!" A private, voluntary, nonpartisan organization, we use integrated litigation, legislative advocacy, education and organizing strategies to defend and preserve the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights and the U.S. Constitution. We protect your civil liberties: your rights to freedom of speech, association and assembly, and to religious liberty. We protect the freedom of the press. We work to ensure that you have the right to equal treatment under the law and the right to due process, and that you are free from unwarranted government intrusion into your private life. We also fight discrimination and to uphold civil rights. We are here for everyone, working to ensure that all people in the Commonwealth are treated with equality and fairness -- because if the rights of society's most vulnerable members are denied, everyone's rights are imperiled.
Founded
1974
Size
Tiny
Empowering communities. Changing lives
The mission of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM) is to be a champion of civil rights dedicated to helping people improve their lives. Our purpose is to build stronger communities by providing local residents with education, job training and placement at no cost. For 95 years, our programs and services have given hope to our members and made a lasting, positive impact in the community.
Founded
1976
Size
Large
Progress Through Philanthropy
The Ireland Funds' mission is to harness the power of a global philanthropic network of friends of Ireland to promote and supportpeace, culture, education and community development across the island of Ireland and among Irish communities around the world.
Founded
2007
Size
Small
The power of collaboration at work
At Be The Change, Inc. we collaborate as a team of leaders, change makers, veterans, grassroots organizers, advocates, and innovators to foster cross-sector collaboration on a national level to advance broad-scale change in America. Our decades of service leading nonprofit organizations, government agencies, faith-based initiatives, entrepreneurial enterprises and on active military service have brought us here. We organize coalitions and networks of leaders in the nonprofit, business, government, academic, military and faith communities to create a future where all Americans have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Founded
2009
Size
Medium
Empowering teachers to make an impact in the classroom and beyond
The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that affect their students' success. Teach Plus programs are designed to place highly effective teachers at the center of improvements in schools as leaders of their peers and outside schools influencing policy decisions that affect their classrooms. The programs develop excellent teachers into leaders who achieve change and mobilize others in their school, district, state, and across the nation to bring change to scale. Since its inception in August 2007, Teach Plus has grown to a network of more than 23,000 solutions-oriented teachers across the country.
Founded
1998
Size
Large
Providing charitable funding support for education, scientific research, community leadership, and sustainable technologies
The Cape Eleuthera Foundation provides financial assistance for the furtherance of education at the Island School in Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas. The programs supported by the Cape Eleuthera Foundation continue to provide transformational life-changing educational experiences. The foundation invests in future leaders through support of programming to help them realize their own potential, to gain perspective on cultures different than their own, and by creating a broader community that is supportive of that leadership development. As a natural outgrowth of this process, whereby students are learning to live on a green campus powered by renewable energy and that recycles its waste, and whereby students from Eleuthera are realizing opportunities on-and-off island as part of their middle school training, and whereby ongoing science research is attracting expertise, generating knowledge, and informing local decision-makers we have been recognized as a model for sustainable development.
Founded
1980
Size
Small
Challenging abuse, protecting people
Founded in 1977, Corporate Accountability International (formerly Infact) and its members have challenged corporate abuses that endanger public health, democratic institutions, the environment and people's lives. Our campaigns have called some of the world's largest transnationals to account, forcing each to respond to the public interest. Corporate Accountability and its members organize a range of ongoing grassroots actions to hold corporations accountable for their abuses.
Founded
2003
Size
Giant
Better health. One connection at a time.
Health Leads is a social enterprise that envisions a healthcare system that addresses all patients' basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care.For 20 years, Health Leads has worked with leading healthcare organizations to tackle social co-morbidities by connecting patients to the community-based resources they need to be healthy - from food to transportation to healthcare benefits.Health Leads is committed to leveraging its tools, expertise and direct services to change what "counts" as healthcare - and accelerate the leadership, best practices, incentives and research required to improve the health and well-being of patients.
Founded
2003
Size
Tiny
Working for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life
Keshet is a national grassroots organization that works for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews in Jewish life. Led and supported by LGBT Jews and straight allies, Keshet strives to cultivate the spirit and practice of inclusion in all parts of the Jewish community. We began as a small, grassroots group working for change in the Greater Boston area, and we are now a national organization with offices in the Bay Area and Denver, in addition to our national office in Boston.
Founded
1976
Size
Giant
Keeping Life Colorful
As one of the nation's leading non-profit performing arts institutions and guardian of the historic Wang and Shubert theatres, Citi Performing Arts Center honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. Located in Boston's historical Theater District, it offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in New England to insure that the arts are an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience.
Founded
1985
Size
Medium
An independent voice working on behalf of the public interest
The U.S. PIRG Education Fund is an independent, non-partisan group that works for consumers and the public interest. Through research, public education and outreach, we serve as counterweights to the influence of powerful special interests that threaten our health, safety or well-being. With public debate around important issues often dominated by special interests pursuing their own narrow agendas, U.S. PIRG Education Fund offers an independent voice that works on behalf of the public interest. The Education Fund works to protect consumers and promote good government. We investigate problems, craft solutions, educate the public, and offer Americans meaningful opportunities for civic participation. Our focus areas include transportation, toxic pollution, consumer education and government reform.
Founded
1991
Size
Small
Expanding the world of quality mentoring
For more than a decade, the MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR), has been working to expand the world of quality mentoring. MENTOR believes that, with the help and guidance of an adult mentor, each child can discover how to unlock and achieve his or her potential. MENTOR is widely acknowledged as the nation's premier advocate and resource for the expansion of mentoring initiatives nationwide. As such, MENTOR works with a strong network of State and Local Mentoring Partnerships to leverage resources and provide the support and tools that mentoring organizations need to effectively serve young people in their communities.
Founded
2003
Size
Tiny
In pursuit of musical excellence
Boston Children's Chorus envisions a city defined by meaningful relationships among its community members. Through participation in a rigorous choral curriculum supplemented with lessons to foster compassion, BCC singers will use the shared experience of music to create a better understanding of their part in the world around them. BCC is in pursuit of musical excellence, which the organization believes can be used as a tool to create dialogue around difficult issues. By encouraging conversations around these issues, our singers pave the way for a more connected Boston and leading to creative social integration.
Founded
2007
Size
Small
Driving Change in Urban Schools
EdVestors is a school improvement organization combining strategic philanthropy, education expertise, and implementation support to help schools create the conditions for change. We work at multiple levels to accelerate improvement in Boston's schools. Since 2002, EdVestors has raised and invested 24 million in school improvement efforts and coordinates major public-private partnerships to drive improved outcomes for Boston students. We work in three ways:1. We are a seed funder for innovative ideas. The School Solutions Seed Fund identifies and funds innovative school-based ideas for improvement.2.We develop, demonstrate, and share best practices for school improvement. Our $100,000 School on the Move Prize and research highlight examples of dramatic school improvement. 3.We work at scale to achieve city-wide student impact, Our largest effort to date, BPS Arts Expansion, has resulted in 17,000 more PreK-8students receiving weekly arts instruction.