Cambridge Community Foundation Doles Out Grants to Over 50 Nonprofits

CCFCCF President Geeta Pradhan. Photo by Irina M. / IM Creative Photography.

Fifty-six local nonprofits received grants from the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) this fall, injecting the organizations with a total sum of $367,000 to help with “a wide range of social and educational needs,” the foundation said in a statement.

In addition, the foundation says it allocated $100,000 to CCF initiatives: to support Central Square as a main hub of the city, to give innovation economy trainings to the city’s youth, to help female business owners of color, and to bolster the nonprofit sector.

CCF describes itself as functioning as the city’s “local giving platform.” The fall grants come after the foundation sent $255,000 to legal defense groups through the Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants.

“Listening to the community and responding to its needs is essential for a local philanthropic platform that supports shared prosperity, social equity, and cultural richness in our community,” CCF President Geeta Pradhan said in a statement. “This year we can clearly see that the need in the nonprofit community far outweighs our resources, but we’re doing what we can and we’re so thankful to all the donors who are stepping up to help bridge the gap as well.”

The grantees are grouped into categories based on what community issues they address: urgent/basic needs, health/mental health, senior services, economic security/jobs, early childhood, education/out-of-school time, STEAM/education-innovation gap, immigrant/legal issues, civic engagement, and the arts.

Click here to see the list of grantees.