2015 marked our 20th anniversary of vigorously pursuing our vision of a better quality of life for our region, and we'd like to thank you for all your support in bringing that vision closer to reality. There were many highlights last year, and we invite you to read about some of them by clicking the link below. But first, we want to call your attention to a major change coming in 2016. As you may already be aware, Craig Dutra, who has led the Foundation as President since 2004, has stepped down from his position as of January 31, at which time he will continue to serve as Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors. Rest assured, the Board is working hard to ensure the Foundation's solid footing during this transition period.
View the full message from our Chair, Seth Garfield
- Congratulations to Valerie Bassett, Executive Director of the Women's Fund, who has been named the 2015 SouthCoast Woman of the Year by The Standard-Times, a well-deserved honor. Proud to have her as part of our team! Read the full story in The Standard-Times.
Photo above by Peter Pereira
- Grants totalling $100,000 have been awarded for 2016 by CFSEMA's Polaroid and Acushnet Foundation funds for workforce development and early literacy programs in Greater New Bedford. Read the press release
- Fire and Ice is the theme of the Feb. 11 AHA! night in downtown New Bedford, when the streets will come alive from 5 to 9 pm with fire performers, ice sculptures, music, art, lectures and more. For a full schedule of events
- The SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project is a website launched by the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative to gather and analyze data related to quality of life issues in New Bedford and Fall River in order to promote informed conversation and decision making. Visit the website at www.southcoastindicators.org for more information.