On December 2, the Cambridge City Council held a roundtable/working meeting that included discussion of findings from the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program Study Report, conducted by Early Childhood Associates (ECA) in partnership with UMASS Donahue Institute (UMDI). Implementing a Universal Pre-Kindergarten program will significantly impact community based early education providers and the young families they serve. CNC wants to be sure our community is aware of these discussions, and is interested in hearing feedback and collecting comments from the Cambridge nonprofit community. Read more on the topic here and send feedback to email@example.com.
We are thrilled to report that CNC was awarded a grant from the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) in the amount of $40,000 per year for three years. This investment will allow CNC to build its own capacity and expand both our network and the resources we can provide for members and other Cambridge nonprofits. We are grateful for this deep level of support that is a continuation of our longstanding relationship with CCF, our fiscal sponsor, founding partner and the local giving platform, supporting shared prosperity, social equity and cultural richness in Cambridge.
CNC has moved to the Link at Kendall Square, located at 255 Main Street, 8th Floor. While we will miss our colleagues from our former home in the Cambridge Community Foundation at 99 Bishop Allen Drive, we are excited about this new space, which has connected us to new organizations, and a new partnership with TSNE MissionWorks. Learn more about the Link here.
CNC created a survey for City Council candidates in an effort to better understand their positions on issues of importance to nonprofit leaders in our city. The survey questions were drafted with feedback from CNC member organizations and guidance from the CNC steering committee. Read the responses here.
Earlier this month, the Cambridge City Council voted to table the 100% Affordable Housing Overlay petition, ending the discussion on this important proposal this council term. CNC is disappointed that the council was unable to pass the overlay, which was aimed at helping affordable housing developers create new affordable units more quickly, more cost effectively, and in areas where there are fewer affordable housing options for residents. Learn more about the overlay here.
On August 1 the Cambridge City Council ordinance committee continued its review of the 100% affordable housing overlay proposal. CNC maintains its strong support of the overlay, which is aimed at helping affordable housing developers create new affordable units more quickly, more cost effectively, and in areas where there are fewer affordable housing options for residents. CNC joined the call for passing the overlay proposal as a means to create more affordable housing during public comment and submitted this statement. Learn more here.
The Hive is a new STEAM creativity zone being built in the lower level of the Cambridge Public Library at 449 Broadway, that will be the only public and free makerspace in Cambridge. Construction is underway and the Hive will open to the public in early 2020.The Hive will consist of a hands-on workshop (aka “makerspace”) stocked with digital and traditional fabrication tools, multimedia recording studios for creating audio and video content, and an Extended Reality Lab for experiencing and experimenting with virtual and alternate reality. Cambridge Public Library has asked CNC member Innovators for Purpose Teen Creatives to help develop a strategy that generates “buzz" about the Hive and welcomes everyone, especially underserved populations. The Teens have been hard at work and would like your help refining their strategy. There are two upcoming design reviews for you to provide input: FRI 8/2 and THURS 8/8. All reviews are at 2PM at the Main Library in the Learning Lab.
The City of Cambridge has engaged consulting firm Health Resources in Action to evaluate both the grantee projects and the Community Benefits process overall. To that end, they have created a survey to begin collecting feedback from the Cambridge nonprofit community that will help inform future rounds of funding. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey today, which will close on Friday, August 9.
On July 2, 5:30pm, the City Council Ordinance Committee will begin debating the details of the proposed 100% Affordable Housing overlay ordinance. The overlay is designed to help affordable housing developers, using public funds, create new affordable units more quickly, more cost effectively, and in areas where there are fewer affordable housing options for residents. Learn more about the proposal here.