Organizational Development Grants
In 2017 we made an initial standard grant to Cape Ann Art Haven, which turned into a multi-year, significant funding commitment. Our commitment involved active board participation and leading the search for a full time Executive Director. Two years later, in another comprehensive effort, we funded initial operating expenses for the Salem Food Pantry's weekly mobile markets, joined the board and led the hiring of an Executive Director and Operations Manager. We also provided initial funding for the build-out of a much-needed food storage warehouse in Salem. Today Art Haven and the Salem Pantry are both thriving organizations providing much needed services to their communities. Our experience with these two organizations was so impactful that in 2021 Organizational Development Grants became our primary method of giving.
These grants, which range in size from $50,000-$500,000, are for the development of a new service, facility or other sustainable asset which enables the recipient to broaden their impact on the community. In early 2021 we invited 10 organizations to apply, and we funded our first formal Organizational Development Grant to Action Inc. to support the creation of a Commercial Incubator space on Main Street for aspiring entrepreneurs. In 2022 we invited 10 additional organizations to apply and anticipate announcing our next recipient of funding later this year.