BROOKLINE COMMUNTIY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES BROOKLINE FOR ALL GRANTS
New Discretionary Grants Program to Provide Responsive and Timely Support for Brookline’s Most Vulnerable Community Members
The Brookline Community Foundation has always made it a priority to support Brookline’s most vulnerable community members. To further its reach and impact in this important goal and to augment its existing grant portfolio, BCF announces a new grant program for 2017, Brookline for All.
As policies change at the local, state or federal levels, organizations must remain prepared to provide services and meet the needs of their constituents. Through Brookline for All, BCF will now be a resource for organizations seeking immediate funding to support initiatives intended to make Brookline a welcoming and inclusive community where the rights of all community members are upheld and protected.
Grants will support work that:
● Identifies and raises awareness of community needs
● Creates forums for community conversations and education
● Advances and protects the rights of vulnerable community members
● Encourages the development of new leaders
● Addresses issues of discrimination
“Everyone has the right to feel safe, supported and that their fundamental rights are protected and upheld. This new grant program will enable BCF to respond quickly and directly to needs and concerns expressed by community leaders and residents,” said Executive Director Jenny Amory.
Grants proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and awards will range from $5,000-$10,000. Brookline for All grants must meet an immediate community need and are intended to help local non-profit organizations and town departments respond to changing circumstances or policies that affect Brookline. Eligible needs are those that cannot be met by the foundation’s other strategic grant programs which include the Fall Community Grants, Brookline Youth Fund, Spotlight Grants Program, BCF Rapid Response Fund, and BCF Safety Net Fund.
BCF'S NEW BOARD PRESIDENT JULIE MARCUS AND VICE PRESIDENT MIKE LINDSTROM
Julie Marcus (President) has more than 15 years experience in the non-profit sector, specializing in marketing and communications. She worked at City Year, the Boston-based national youth service organization for nearly a decade overseeing major events and communications. In 2003, still with City Year, Julie served as Director of the Save AmeriCorps initiative that resulted in the creation of Voices for National Service. Julie began her career at Imagitas, a government-focused marketing solutions company. She has a degree in Government from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in American History from Brandeis University. Julie joined the BCF board in 2010 and became President of the foundation in June 2016. She lives in Brookline with her husband Craig and their three children.
Michael Lindstrom (Vice President) is currently the principal of studioMLA Architects in Brookline, which provides a full range of architectural services in the design of environments for children, including projects in Europe and Asia as well as in the United States and Canada. Mike led the annual Child Care Design Institute at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 2000 to 2008. In addition, he has served as an instructor for the Boston Architectural Center and as an assistant professor for the Parsons School of Design - Paris Program. He has served as an advisor to the American Academy of Pediatrics on Child Care Center Design. Mike has practiced architecture since 1982 in Paris, New York and Boston. Mike is a LEED accredited professional and has designed multiple LEED certified children's centers.