Nearly 450 guests came out for the Community Foundation's 12th Annual Summer's Last Blast on Friday, September 9th at the Huidekoper residence in Nonquitt. The event was a huge success, with more than $50,000 raised for Community Foundation operations! The setting was perfect with waterfront views and an ocean breeze! Many thanks to our hosts, the Huidekoper family, and to our many sponsors, including Gold Sponsors Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corp., Barry Investment Advisors, and BayCoast Bank. For a full list of sponsors, see page 4 of the event program. Click on the photo for more photos from the event. Photos by Deborah Hynes
- The Community Foundation welcomes New Bedford native John Vasconcellos, as President as of August 1. John brings years of nonprofit management experience to the job, most recently as the senior regional director for the Southeast and Boston regions of the Trustees of Reservations. Contact John Vasconcellos. Read John's message of introduction.
- Community Foundation Board Member Vera Vadeboncoeur was one of five "gifted, community-focused leaders" under 40 years old to be recognized at the New Bedford Whaling Museum last week as a SouthCoast Emerging Leader. Vera, office manager/controller for Fernandes Masonry in New Bedford, is also the treasurer for the Team Noah Foundation, a CFSEMA fund which is dedicated to making a difference for children and families with special needs and medical conditions to improve their quality of life. Also, among the 22 nominees recognized were Traci Calabrese, Development Officer for the Women's Fund, and Amanda DeGrace, who until recently was the LifeWork Project Coordinator for the Women's Fund. Recently retired Juvenile Court Judge Bettina Borders was honored with Irwin M. and Joan K. Jacobs Leadership Award. Congratulations to all! Read about it in The Standard-Times
- A delegation from the Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts, a member of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Coalition, travelled to the State House in Boston on August 1 to witness Governor Charlie Baker sign pay equity legislation into law. An Act to Establish Pay Equity seeks to help end the gender wage gap in the Commonwealth by providing a more comprehensive definition for comparable work, allowing employees to discuss what they earn without threat of retaliation from employers, and by eliminating the practice of requiring salary history on job applications before a job offer is made. The legislation will take effect July 1, 2018. Read about it in SouthCoast Today
- Leadership SouthCoast and the Legal Center for Nonprofits are partnering to offer a one-stop shop for connecting individuals looking to increase their civic leadership with organizations and departments in need of qualified and passionate board members. The event will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, November 9, at The Cove Restaurant in Fall River. The event is free for individuals interested in serving on a non-profit or public board. Non-profit organizations or Public Commissions interested in recruiting board members can apply here.
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.