These subcommittees, which are open to staff and volunteers from CNC member organizations, are an integral part of CNC's work.
Fundraising and Finance
Provide financial oversight for the CNC. Lead effort to create and execute multi-year fundraising plan. Lead process for creating and approving annual budget, monitoring expenses and regular financial reports. Present quarterly financial reports to steering committee.
Members for 2019: Ben Clark (Enroot), Sasha Purpura* (Food for Free), Elissa Spelman (Breakthrough Greater Boston)
Governance and Membership
Lead the coalition on issues related to governance structure, subcommittee structure and process for electing leadership. Facilitate the recruitment of member organizations. Develop plan for number and type of member engagement activities annually and facilitate implementation.
Members for 2019: Maria LaPage (Agassiz Baldwin Community), Darrin Korte*(Cambridge Community Center), Joan Squeri (Union Partnership for a Whole Community
Organize activities that focus on improving the health of the nonprofit sector and advancing systems changes in Cambridge, through building capacity on the organizational level and sector level. The work of this subcommittee includes creating the program/selecting the content of the annual CNC cross sector event. Members for 2019: Michael Delia* (East End House), Darrin Korte (Cambridge Community Center), Joan Squeri (Union Partnership for a Whole Community, Jane Hirschi (CitySprouts), Jen Fries (Cambridge School Volunteers), Sharon Zimmerman (Cambridge Camping)
Provide support and supervision for CNC Managing Director, including providing feedback on first drafts of proposals/materials and steering committee meeting agendas. Manage annual review process.
Members for 2019: Michael Delia (East End House), Maria LaPage* (Agassiz Baldwin Community), Joan Squeri (Partnership for a Whole Community), Sharon Zimmerman (Cambridge Camping)
Ad-hoc/ Issue Area Subcommittees
Advancing Collaborative Public Funding Approaches (Community Benefits Fund)
Lead efforts to achieve greater transparency on the amount of money currently in the Community Benefits fund and pledged in the future, how the funding is used and the needs it addresses. Work towards continuous improvement of the funding process in the future, including collecting feedback from nonprofit leaders on the current process. Activities will include: maintaining representation on the Community Benefits Advisory committee, continuous communication with City staff managing the fund, tracking pending decisions and sharing that information with the CNC steering committee and larger membership.
Members for 2019: Eva Martin Blythe (YWCA Cambridge)*, Kathryn Fenneman (Tutoring Plus), Bob Gittens (Cambridge Family and Children's Service)
Increasing Access to Affordable Housing (100% Affordable Housing Overlay)
Lead efforts in CNC advocacy for greater access access to affordable housing in Cambridge with a specific focus on passing the 100% Affordable Housing Overlay ordinance. Activities will include: sharing information with nonprofits about the benefits of the overlay with guidance for when and how to advocate, drafting speaking points, organizing nonprofit leaders and staff,residents, including youth, and coordinating advocacy training as needed.
Members for 2019: Tina Alu*(CEOC), Stephen LaMaster(Vinfen), Selvin Chambers(Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House), Eva Martin Blythe(YWCA Cambridge)
Improved Partnership with Cambridge Public Schools (School Day Extension and OST)
Leverage the policy discussion on extending the school day to help improve the relationship between the in-school and out-of-school systems in order to address achievement and opportunity gaps. Track decision making process on school day length to ensure that 3pm release time is not exceeded, and participate in cross sector meetings to continue to elevate the need for deeper partnership and more effective resource sharing. Activities will include: serving on advisory committees, building relationships with allies, and lobbying around the release time as needed.
Members for 2019: Darrin Korte* (Cambridge Community Center), Eryn Johnson (Community Art Center), Michael Delia (East End House), Jane Hirschi (CitySprouts), Maria LaPage (Agassiz Baldwin Community)