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Legislative Action Alert

The Senate Ways and Means Committee’s $39.49 billion budget was released last week.  The full Senate will start debate on that budget tomorrow this Tuesday and we want them to pass amendments to the budget to increase funding for CDC-related budget priorities.

Please call your state senator as soon as possible and ask him or her to co-sponsor these important budget amendments:

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Catalyst Fund Report: Advice to Strengthen Nonprofit Mergers and Collaborations

The Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits was created to demonstrate how strategic mergers and collaborations can help nonprofits pursue their missions. The Fund's new report, Advice to Strengthen Strategic Mergers and Collaborations, captures knowledge and experience gained from five years of work with more than 80 Boston-area nonprofits. The free, online resource includes "four truths of nonprofit collaborations" as well as step-by-step guidance for nonprofits, and reflections from funders on support for this work. 

The Catalyst Fund’s primary goals were to give nonprofits dedicated resources for exploring strategic partnerships and to challenge misconceptions about mergers as a sign of fiscal distress. The Fund was itself a collaboration of The Boston FoundationLISC BostonThe Hyams FoundationThe Kresge Foundationand United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, managed by Nonprofit Finance Fund. Catalyst Fund grant awards resulted in 20 collaborative ventures, including 13 mergers. An additional six ventures are still in exploratory phases. 

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Gentrification Learning Community

The Gentrification Learning Community (GLC) was co-hosted by LISC Boston and the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, and was facilitated by the Interaction Institute for Social Change. This group included housing and housing finance professionals, organizers, researchers, public officials, and more. This agenda reflects a broad consensus developed over the group’s 15-month learning journey to explore the drivers and impacts of gentrification on communities in Greater Boston, as well as strategies and solutions. 

GLC Report

GLC Resources

GLC Forum

   

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Boston LISC Staff Blog

Boston LISC Staff members share their perspective on LISC's work, the community development world. and many other topics.

Better Buildings Challenge Better Buildings Challenge Last week, LISC Boston convened 20 affordable housing owners enrolled in the Green Retrofit Initiative (GRI) acr...
Joe Kriesberg Receives Community Service Award Last night, I had the pleasure and honor of presenting Joe Kriesberg, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Association...
Better Buildings Challenge Kickoff at Powdermill Village Better Buildings Challenge Kickoff at Powdermill Village Michael Davis - December 8, 2014  Yesterday Peabody Properties held a tour of their energy retrofit project at Po...
Highlights from LISC/Bank of America’s Forum on Greening Affordable Housing Highlights from LISC/Bank of America’s Forum on Greening Affordable Housing On October 3rd LISC and Bank of America hosted a forum in Boston on “Greening Affordable Housing” that was...
“El Barrio Tours” Screening - Rebecca Schofield On Monday, August 18th, a group of over 60 Boston area residents came together to watch “El Barrio Tours: Gentrifi...
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