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Ratshesky Foundation Refines Funding Guidelines: Larger Grants, More Focus

Courtesy Boston Family Boatbuilding

This fall, the A.C. Ratshesky Foundation made its first set of grant awards under its new guidelines. The new guidelines refined the existing interests of the foundation to help low income individuals and families.

The new program areas include family partnering in early education, employment and self-sufficiency, and active learning for preteens and teens. The trustees have also agreed to increase grant sizes and consider requests from communities outside of Boston within the I-495 region.

The following grants list includes new grants as well as several multi-year grants made under the foundation’s prior guidelines: Continue Reading »

Zumix at the White House


Located in a renovated firehouse in a primarily low-income East Boston Latino neighborhood, Zumix engages youth in music and the arts. First Lady Michelle Obama recently presented the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award to Zumix youth and staff at the White House. Zumix is one of only 12 programs chosen from a national pool of more than 471 nominees and 50 finalists for the country’s highest honor for youth arts programs.

To read the full press release, click here.

Featuring Zumix, a grantee of the Foley Hoag Foundation, Clowes Fund, Mabel Louise Riley Foundation and Schrafft Charitable Trust


“Building Resumes, Rebuilding Lives”


Source: The Boston Globe

The Waltham bookstore More Than Words provides troubled teens with more than an entry-level job.

Since its founding in 2004 with an initial stock of a pile of books found along a road, both the organization and program participants have experienced consistent success.

More Than Words is now poised for expansion to a second site.

To read the full article, click here.

Featuring More Than Words, a grantee of the Linden Foundation, the Ludcke Foundation and the Clipper Ship Foundation.


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