BEC Announces 2017 Grant Awards

The Grant Committee’s months-long process of soliciting and evaluating grant proposals drew to a climax in late September with the final allocation of the grant budget. The Committee selected seven applicants to receive grants in areas ranging from political asylum to homelessness and food justice.

The seven grantees for 2017 are:

Better Future Project, Cambridge ($4728). Funding to train student leaders in the movement for divestment of fossil fuels from college and university endowment portfolios.

college-bound-logoCollege Bound Dorchester, Boston ($10,000).College Bound Dorchester seeks out “youth core influencers” and offers them the support they need to prepare for and successfully attend a 2- or 4-year college program.

PrintFamily Services of the Merrimack Valley (Lawrence ($5000). Funding for their ESTEEM project to help troubled teens.


Mass-Care ($10,000). Funding for the Universal Health Care Education Fund.


The Food Project, Lincoln ($10,000). Funding to support youth programs in sustainable agriculture in several urban locations.


The PAIR Project, Boston ($10,000). Funding to aid grantees of political asylum and a new post-grant manual and services to help those who have been granted asylum navigate the paths to a green card and eventual citizenship.


Y2Y Homeless Shelter, Cambridge ($10,000). Funding to support a shelter for homeless youth in Cambridge. Y2Y is a project of the Phillips Brooks House Association.

The Grant Committee members visited each of the grantees at their respective locations as part of the selection process. Without exception, the selected applicants were impressive for their operation, their vitality, and their dedication to their work.


Marvin Miller

Submitted by Marvin Miller

May Day, May 1, International Workers’ Day, which originated in the U.S. but is celebrated mostly elsewhere, is an appropriate time to think about labor.

Throughout human history until very recently, the acquisition of subsistence has depended on the effort of muscle, both human muscle and that of their domesticated animals. This dependence began to change with the industrial revolution when people learned how to use non-muscular energy — wind, water, steam, and electricity. Now, most of the energy that people use is not muscular.

Grantmaking 2.0

hewettSubmitted by Fred Hewett

The second year of grantmaking at Boston Ethical Community is now underway, following on our success in 2016. In our first year, we made grants to five deserving nonprofits, all of which, by the end of this program season, will have made presentations at our Sunday meetings. Seeing the full cycle, from the grant proposals through to the actual implementations, gives us confidence and encouragement to continue our philanthropic work

June 11: Corey Dolgon, “Kill it to save it: An Autopsy of Capitalism’s Triumph Over Democracy”

corey-dolgon-225x300Corey Dolgon is a professor of sociology at Stonehill College.

Professor Dolgon will talk about his new book, Kill It to Save It.

About Kill It to Save It:

“For decades now, American voters have been convinced to support public policies that only benefit those in power. But how do the powerful extract consent from citizens whose own self-interest and collective well-being are constantly denied? And why do so many Americans seem to have given up on quality public education, on safe food and safe streets, on living wages—even on democracy itself? Kill It to Save It lays bare the hypocrisy of contemporary US political discourse, documenting the historical and theoretical trajectory of capitalism’s triumph over democracy.”

May 21: Alexandra Piñeros Shields, Essex County Community Organization

pineros-shieldsAlexandra Piñeros Shields is the Executive Director of the Essex County Community Organization.

BEC was proud to award a grant to the Essex County Community Organization last year to aid in their ongoing efforts to foster community relations on the North Shore.

From their website: “ECCO is a diverse network of congregations and organizations across the North Shore building relationships and power to put human dignity at the center of public life. We work together across race, class, and faith lines to ensure that all people on the North Shore can thrive, grow, and dream.”