News and Events

The City of New Bedford's Community Preservation Committee is launching its first Community Preservation Act application process, and will host an important Application Workshop at 6 pm on Wednesday evening, October 4th, at the National Park Visitor Center, 33 William Street. The CPC strongly encourages anyone who is thinking about applying for Community Preservation Act funding in this round to attend this workshop. Visit our grant opportunities page for more information.




The BankFive Foundation, a Community Foundation fund, recently awarded $25,000 to Argosy Collegiate Charter School for construction of a gymnasium at its new high school on Dover Street in Fall River. Read the press release. Pictured above, l to r: Andrea Amaral Rodrigues, VP, Marketing at BankFive, Bethany Therriault, Director of Operations at Argosy Collegiate Charter School, Lisa C. Rocha, Vice-Chair of the Board at Argosy Collegiate Charter School, Diane Grady, Trustee at Argosy Collegiate Charter School, Joshua Miranda, Vice-Principal of Argosy Collegiate Charter High School, Kristen Pavao Executive Director at Argosy Collegiate Charter School, Paul Burke, Chairman of the Board at Argosy Collegiate Charter School,  William R. Eccles, Jr., President & CEO at BankFive, John Vasconcellos, Community Foundation President.

Third Sector New England (TSNE) MissionWorks has released data from its 2017 Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce: Compensation and Benefits Survey of Nonprofits in Southern New England and Westchester County, NY. The survey is a multi-state survey based on data reported by a range of nonprofits, and with job descriptions specific to the region’s nonprofit sector. The survey found that there continues to be gender equity gaps in nonprofit compensation structures, along with findings that indicate a lack of diversity in the sectors’ senior leadership roles, as well as in the mid-level managerial roles that often provide pipelines to identify and develop staff to move into leadership positions.

The 2017 full Compensation and Benefits Survey Report and a searchable compensation database can be accessed on the TSNE MissionWorks website.









The staff and Board of Directors of the Community Foundation send our thoughts and prayers as residents of the Caribbean, Florida and Texas set about rebuilding their lives from the terrible devastation wrought by two hurricanes in the last two weeks, Irma and Harvey. We also urge our donors and all residents of Southeastern Massachusetts to contribute to the relief efforts in any way they can. Click here for a list of Hurricane Irma and Harvey relief efforts and other resources.


A huge Thank You to the hundreds of stakeholders who participated in one of our Community Conversations in Fall River and New Bedford over the past two months, as well as those who completed our online survey, all in support of the Arts, Culture & Creativity Initiative. This initiative, made possible through the support of the Barr Foundation, is exploring opportunities to realize an even more vibrant and diverse arts and culture community for both cities. Read the ideas and insights from the New Bedford conversations or from the Fall River conversations.   Send your thoughts and ideas to


      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 for more information.