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Skills for Rhode Island’s Future and Southside Community Land Trust Each Receive $200,000 Grants from Bank of America to Address Issues Critical to Communities

Funding will help reduce joblessness and increase access to nutritious food

PROVIDENCE – Skills for Rhode Island’s Future and Southside Community Land Trust have been selected as the 2019 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders awardees for Rhode Island. The nonprofits were selected for their work in the state to address issues fundamental to the health and vitality of our communities.

As an awardee, each organization receives a $200,000 grant, a year of leadership training for the Executive Director and an Emerging Leader at the organization, access to a network of peer organizations across the U.S., and the opportunity to access capital to expand their impact. This year marks the 16th anniversary of the Neighborhood Builders program nationwide. Since 2004, Bank of America has invested more than $220 million in 49 communities through Neighborhood Builders, partnering with more than 1,000 nonprofits and helping more than 2,000 nonprofit leaders strengthen their leadership skills. The program is one of the nation’s largest philanthropic investments in nonprofit leadership.

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health announces significant expansion of education division

Villanova, PA – Oct. 30, 2019 – As part of its organizational redesign initiative led by new President and CEO, Carl E. Clark II, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health – one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare – announced a major expansion of its historic education division to enhance the provision of specialized education services across the nonprofit’s geographic footprint and beyond.

The expansion will center around the creation of new programs and content delivery modalities, diversifying Devereux’s current educational service offerings to both public and approved private schools across the country, as well as within Devereux-operated educational programs nationwide.


Elves for Elders creates opportunity for providing cheer to those without.

The holiday season brings the best in people since they are receptive to giving. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, people donate frequently to not only feel good about themselves, but to also get the tax benefits associated with helping others.

Boots to Business Program Reaches 100,000 Participant Milestone

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced this week that more than 100,000 current and aspiring veteran business owners have participated in the Boots to Business training course since the program began in January 2013.

“The SBA is proud to serve those who have served us” said Mark S. Hayward, SBA District Director. “Ensuring that our active-duty military, reservists, veterans, and military spouses have the resources they need to thrive as entrepreneurs is essential and this incredible milestone is a testament to the hard work of the men and women of the SBA and its resource partners.”

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