Our impact is the result of close collaboration with our partner organizations. We enable growth so our partners may have greater reach in promoting a sustainable environment or an innovative solution to social injustice. The Devonshire Foundation is successful when our grantee partners grow, thrive, and maximize impact over the long term.
College Bound Dorchester (CBD) works to equip Dorchester students with the attitude, skills, and experience to graduate from college. CBD’s three-year, $660,000 grant supported piloting and refining the “Boston Uncornered” model. It also supported hiring staff and developing internal systems to build a foundation for expansion and sustainability. As a result, CBD grew its model in Boston to serve 250+ gang-involved young people, and planned a rigorous evaluation to develop an evidence-based model to scale nationally.
Manomet applies science and engages people to sustain the world. By building relationships with people across many sectors, Manomet transforms how humans manage the critical systems that support life on earth. Manomet’s four-year, $600,000 grant helped reinvent the organization’s development and communications staff and functions. This resulted in increased fundraising and new messaging to effectively communicate the organization's value to donors, partners, and the public.
Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) empowers youth in foster care to flourish through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. SLM’s three-year $348,000 grant supported hiring a Major Gifts Officer for its development team to increase revenue and therefore serve more young people. As a result, SLM increased individual giving by 66%, increased event revenue by 147% and increased grant revenue by 126%. This enabled SLM to serve 54% more young people.
More Than Words (MTW) is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. MTW’s three-year, $450,000 grant focused on creating a sustainable revenue stream by increasing government funding and developing new earned income strategies. Through the grant funding, MTW expanded avenues for new earned revenue through creative business ideas and positioned MTW for future visibility and growth.
The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) uses science, advocacy, and education to bring together communities, ensuring a vibrant, healthy, and accessible environment. A three-year, $465,000 grant supported expansion of The Mystic Greenways Initiative and helped increase the group’s fundraising efforts. As a result, MyRWA grew its budget more than 200%, increased their staff, and positioned themselves to generate and lead new programs to address how climate change will affect the Mystic River Watershed.
InnerCity Weightlifting (ICW) reduces youth violence by connecting proven-risk young people with new networks and opportunities. They use the gym to replace segregation and isolation with economic mobility and social inclusion, disrupting the system that leads to urban street violence. ICW received a three-year, $375,000 capacity building grant in 2014 to open a second location in Kendall Square. The opening of this new location allowed students to increase their average monthly income by more than triple. In 2018, ICW was awarded a three-year, $650,000 grant to support an increase in fundraising capacity and earned income. Through this grant, ICW is focusing on doubling the number of students served and quadrupling its client base.