Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles The Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition advances equity and justice in the community by strengthening the Cambridge nonprofit sector, building collective voice, and promoting collaboration.*
* We define equity as recognizing that as a result of root causes that are historical, environmental, systemic, cultural, and political, everyone does not start at the same place – so some people will need different resources or supports to achieve the same outcome. We have a collective responsibility to work to eliminate disparities and create greater racial and economic equality.
The Need and Our Approach Cambridge is a city with tremendous wealth, both financially and in its array of programs and services. However, even with this level of resources, there are still significant disparities and many residents in great need. Two recently released publications, the citywide Community Needs Assessment and Cambridge Community Foundation’s Boomtown/Hometown, affirm these pervasive realities. It is the Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition’s belief that by increasing the connection and communication between nonprofit organizations, and with committed partners in other sectors acting collectively with nonprofits in service of addressing these disparities, that ultimately, quality of life for Cambridge residents most impacted by systemic inequity and injustice will improve. By fostering an ecology that advances communications and collaboration, we aim to create space for nonprofit leaders and staff to learn about and support one another's work, create partnerships that enable resource sharing, capacity building and better coordination of services, as well as rally around public policy issues of mutual concern.