IGNITING ARTISTS (Summer 2012). Since 1988, Raw Art Works (RAW) has passionately pursued its mission to ignite the desire to create and the confidence to succeed, using the power of the arts to transform young lives, one artist at a time.Read More
BREAKING THROUGH AND EXPANDING (Summer 2011). Breakthrough Manchester at the Derryfield School was awarded a multi-year grant to help expand the High School Program Coordinator position in order to provide individualized support for 200 high school students.Read More
CREATING A DIVERSE PIPELINE OF TECH WORKERS (Winter 2018). Boston-area tech firms struggle to fill job openings. The tech workforce is largely homogenous with too few women and too few people of color.Read More
SUNNY DAYS AT WRITEBOSTON (Fall 2018). WriteBoston is a nonprofit organization with expertise in writing instruction. Boston International Newcomers Academy, known as BINcA, is a public high school that enrolls newly arrived immigrants who often need intensive support learning to speak, read and write English, all while taking high school courses. The Fund first met BINcA during the 2011 EdVestors review process, and in 2013 the Fund helped WriteBoston and BINcA join forces to boost BINcA students' writing skills with an on-site Writing Center staffed by volunteers trained and supervised by WriteBoston.New England Program Officer Megan Reilly visited BINcA and the Writing Center in fall 2016 and saw volunteers helping with a range of writing tasks, from college essays to research papers. All of the students and teachers Fund staff met shared their appreciation for the Writing Center volunteers. Successful partnerships between public schools and community organizations don't happen overnight; they require careful cultivation through staff time, a commitment to mutual respect, and often outside funding. WriteBoston and BINcA have invested in their partnership with a shared goal of helping the young people at BINcA develop the communication skills needed to succeed in an American high school and life after graduation. In the image, two BINcA students work on a writing assignment.
COLLABORATIONS AT WORK (Summer 2017). When New England Program Officer Megan Reilly sits with nonprofit leaders working on behalf of immigrant advancement, two things are clear: vulnerable immigrants are scared, and the organizations that support them are stretched thin. The Clowes Fund works with like-minded funders to find ways to bolster these organizations.Read More
TEAMING UP TO EDUCATE (Summer 2016). Education is a simple word that represents a complex system with many actors—students, teachers, parents, administrators, policymakers—who must work together to prepare young people for success in the workplace, at home and in the community.Read More
A TOUCHDOWN FOR ENB (Fall 2015). Longtime grantee English for New Bostonians (ENB) addresses one of The Clowes Fund’s top priorities for immigrants, refugees and asylees: English language classes.Read More
WORKING FOR REVITALIZATION (Fall 2014). Located in Chelsea, Massachusetts, The Neighborhood Developers - CONNECT is one of several Clowes Fund grantees implementing the Center for Working Families model.Read More