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.
Family Nurturing Center (FNC) works to build nurturing communities where children are cherished, families are supported, and healthy human development is promoted by all. FNC’s three-year, $655,000 grant supports increasing its donor base, developing and implementing a marketing and event strategy, and improving outcome measures. In the past year, FNC increased individual donor giving by 55%, held a ribbon cutting event at its new location, and exceeded its event’s fundraising goal. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, FNC shifted its programming online, collaborated with local nonprofits to distribute diapers and groceries to the community, and will be holding its first-ever gala virtually this fall.
Doc Wayne fuses sports and therapy to heal and strengthen at-risk youth. In 2017, The Devonshire Foundation provided Doc Wayne with a three-year, $305,000 grant to support hiring development staff and to increase fundraising. As a result, Doc Wayne hired development staff, held a first annual gala and created a Young Professionals Board. Doc Wayne also leveraged matching grants from The Devonshire Foundation to achieve a 175% fundraising return. Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, The Devonshire Foundation extended Doc Wayne’s grant to provide one year of general operating support. Doc Wayne has worked to shift therapy to a telemedicine model, and is continuing to connect with and support its youth remotely.
Catie's Closet improves students’ school attendance, emotional well-being, and graduation rates by providing an in-school resource of clothing and basic necessities to low-income students. In 2017, The Devonshire Foundation awarded Catie’s Closet’s with a three-year $275,000 grant to support site expansion in Boston and help open a new distribution center in Hyde Park. Due to the impact of COVID-19, The Devonshire Foundation extended the grant into 2020 to support Catie’s Closets’ organizational needs. In response to the pandemic, Catie’s Closet is supporting Boston Public Schools to run meal sites and summer program centers. Catie’s Closet will continue to add more sites into the fall.
Future Chefs prepares urban youth for quality early employment and post-secondary education opportunities in the culinary field, and supports them in developing a broad base of transferable skills as they transition into the working world. In 2017, The Devonshire Foundation provided Future Chefs with a three-year, $255,000 grant to support diversifying fundraising and expanding programming in Boston schools. In 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19, The Devonshire Foundation extended its grant to Future Chefs to provide one-year, general operating support. Future Chefs is continuing to connect and work with its students virtually.
Resilient Coders (RC) connects low-income youth to career opportunities in technology by providing coding education and job placement services. In 2017, The Devonshire Foundation (TDF) awarded RC with a three-year, $195,000 grant to help increase revenue. To reach this goal, RC reorganized its staff and hired a consultant to help attract new employers. In 2019, RC placed 96% of its graduates in jobs with an average starting salary of $98,300. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TDF extended the grant into 2020 to help RC with their organizational needs. RC has shifted to offer its bootcamp virtually, has given stipends to young people while they job search, and is creating equitable employment opportunities in technology.
GreenRoots is dedicated to improving and enhancing the urban environment and public health in Chelsea and surrounding communities. In 2019, The Devonshire Foundation awarded GreenRoots with a three-year, $480,000 grant to increase staff capacity to support fundraising and to serve more residents in the community. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Chelsea, GreenRoots shifted its work to lead citywide, emergency response efforts. Additionally, GreenRoots coordinated the creation of the One Chelsea Fund, now distributing funds directly to residents in need. The Devonshire Foundation provided additional funding to GreenRoots and the One Chelsea Fund to support the community of Chelsea during COVID-19.