Rabbi Abraham Halbfinger and Charlesview Charitable Fund
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About Charlesview, Inc.
Charlesview, Inc. is dedicated to advancing the well-being of individuals and families and to promoting the diversity and vibrancy of the Allston-Brighton community. We do this by providing healthy, affordable homes; offering programs designed to enrich, educate and inspire; and engaging in innovative philanthropy.
Guidelines for Applicants
Overview and Funding Priorities
Background of Charlesview, Inc:
Charlesview, Inc. is an interdenominational, faith-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization comprised of three area congregations: Congregation Kadimah Toras-Moshe, St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, and Brighton Community United Methodist Church. The organization that included two other local churches of the time − the Methodist Churches of Allston and Brighton and Saint Gabriel Passionist Parish − built the Charlesview Apartments located in the North Allston neighborhood of Boston in the 1970s to provide quality housing to low- and moderate- income individuals and families. That property was sold allowing Charlesview, Inc. and its partners to redevelop and occupy the new Charlesview Residences in 2013, less than half a mile from it’s original location. More information on the new facility is available at www.charlesviewcommunity.org. We are proud to note that Charlesview Residences includes a thriving community center and has received several prestigious local and national awards for its design and operation.
The Charlesview story is one of community empowerment, interfaith cooperation and collaborative public/private partnerships. Inspired by the shared values of their faiths and their long-term commitment and ability to work together since 1968 to build and sustain affordable housing, the board representing the partnering congregations of Charlesview, Inc. created the Rabbi Abraham Halbfinger and Charlesview Charitable Fund in 2013. Named in memory of a founding Charlesview, Inc. board director, the Fund aims to help the Allston-Brighton community’s efforts to be a thriving neighborhood where opportunity abounds and all residents can reach their potential. The Fund will join with other community efforts to provide additional resources to nonprofits helping low- and moderate-income individuals and families living in Allston-Brighton to pursue their dreams.
There are many existing resources and life-enriching relationships in the Allston-Brighton community. The Rabbi Abraham Halbfinger and Charlesview Charitable Fund aims to strengthen, deepen, and grow these resources and relationships and ensure that they benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families who live in Allston-Brighton. The Fund will target its support in five core areas:
- Participatory Arts Education
- Workforce/Asset Development
The Fund will give priority to nonprofit organizations that are significantly expanding services, need support in leveraging other resources to provide improved services, or require seed funding to launch a new innovation. All proposed services MUST specifically and primarily serve the Allston-Brighton community. Periodically, the Charlesview, Inc. board will re-evaluate the Fund’s priorities and giving process.
Charitable projects sponsored by Charlesview, Inc’s partnering congregations may also apply annually to the Fund, but must be consistent with the Fund’s procedures and priorities.
Examples of Previous Awardees include: Brazilian Women’s Group to expand outreach to immigrants in the Allston/Brighton community; Allston/Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force to develop increase the youth coalition and develop an alcohol messaging campaign with the coalition and college age youth; The Literacy Connection to increase individualized tutoring for Non-English speakers; Community Rowing, Inc. for a collaborating with the Oak Square YMCA to provide youth with opportunities to row on the Charles; Kithara Project to provide classical guitar lessons to youth in the community; Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts to develop and train area parents as “Child Watch” provider and to add additional bi-lingual staff to increase outreach in early intervention programming; and Project Citizenship to provide citizenship application services to Allston/Brighton residents.
Grants Calendar and Process:
The Charlesview grants committee awards grants once per year in the late fall. Prospective applicants must begin the process with a brief Letter of Interest. In no more than TWO pages submittals must include a description of the organization, goals, activities and outcomes of the proposed project, project budget, and dollar request. proposed project, Submit the Letter of Interest by e-mail to the attention of firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1, 2019. The grants committee will then identify a limited number of proposals for further investigation. Those selected will be asked to submit a full proposal by June 17, 2019.
Meet the Donor Breakfast: Please join us for breakfast on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at the Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center at 123 Antwerp Street, Ext. Brighton, MA to meet the Charitable Fund Committee and to ask your questions. Please RSVP to Jo-Ann Barbour at 978-973-7830.
The grants committee will consider grant requests ranging from $15,000 – $25,000.
All Fund grantees must submit both interim and final reports that describe the use of grant funds and the project’s impact.
The Rabbi Abraham Halbfinger and Charlesview Charitable Fund does not normally support:
- General operating expenses not specifically required for the program for which funding is requested
- Programs whose impact is substantially outside the Allston-Brighton neighborhood
- Proposals with poorly defined outcomes or benchmarks for success
- Capital requests for building, equipment or property acquisition, with the exception of specified small equipment (e.g. computers) required for conducting the proposed program
- Programs for which the public sector normally assumes primary funding responsibility
- Requests from individuals
- Requests to support the core educational activities of public, private, charter or religious schools
Rabbi Abraham Halbfinger and Charlesview Charitable Fund
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2 Liberty Sq. Suite 500
Boston, MA 02109
617-426-7080 ext. 247