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Community Foundations Can Help With Charity

Community Foundations Can Help With Charity

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY NORTH OF BOSTON MEDIA GROUP By Beth Francis The historic events that have taken place over the last 18 months have influenced the role businesses play as catalysts for social reform in our communities. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and...

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Column: Systems of support help local students make gains

Column: Systems of support help local students make gains

Though the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students is not yet fully known, what we do know – and what the early data confirms – is that learning has suffered, equity gaps have widened and the time to come together to create systems that work for all students is now.

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A collaborative focus on hard-hit restaurants signals better days ahead

A collaborative focus on hard-hit restaurants signals better days ahead

Arturo Acosta always dreamed of opening his own restaurant. The Dominican-born chef, who spent much of his career in Chile, made that dream a reality in July of 2018 when he opened Japú in Lawrence. It was a risk, he says, introducing the concept of Nikkei – a fusion of Peruvian ingredients and Japanese culinary techniques – to the local food scene.

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Time to create a statewide system of small business support

Time to create a statewide system of small business support

Strolling down Massachusetts’ Main Streets now looks very different than it did a year ago. Foot traffic is down. Online shopping and curbside pickup have largely replaced local, in-person experiences. And all across the state, small businesses that once breathed life and vitality into our communities — some of them for decades — are shuttering their storefronts for good.

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Creating Change by Investing in People

As a society, we invest in roads and buildings, in water and electric systems because they are vital to our economic development and prosperity. So are people. But do we invest effectively in our human infrastructure?

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Fall Funders Summit Focuses on Systems Change

Fall Funders Summit Focuses on Systems Change

Twice each year, Essex County Community Foundation partners with other funders to bring together donor advised fundholders, foundations and individual, corporate and institutional donors to learn about and explore possible collaborations on the most pressing issues...

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