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AHA New BedfordJoin us in downtown New Bedford on October 12 for a Moveable Feast, the monthly AHA! Night that fills the streets with music, art, and other cultural activities from 5 to 9 pm. This autumn adventure will include a pumpkin decorating party at Pilgrim United Church (634 Purchase Street) from 6-8pm (or while the pumpkin supply lasts)! For a full schedule of events

Another fantastic Summer's Last Blast is on the books! Many thanks to our sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor BayCoast Bank; Lead Sponsor Bristol County Savings Bank; Gold Sponsors Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corp., Barry Investment Advisors, Carney Family Charitable Foundation, and G Lopes Construction; and to our hosts, the Huidekoper and Gebelein families, for helping make the event a success! Click the image above to see more photos from the event. 




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, Puerto Rico, Florida,  Texas and Mexico set about rebuilding their lives from the terrible devastation wrought by an earthquake and three hurricanes in the last few weeks, Irma, Harvey and Maria. 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 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.