Professional Development

  • The Shout Syndicate Fund

    The Shout Syndicate, Greater Boston

    The Shout Syndicate was formed in mid-2017 as a vehicle to develop new funders and supporters for Boston’s creative youth development ecology through the local for-profit performing arts sector and national field. This pilot grant program has the following objectives:

    To provide grants to proven, high-quality creative youth development organizations in need of funding support for youth-centered programming.
    To provide youth with the opportunity to create and produce artwork of their own making, with stipends provided so they can dedicate time during out-of-school hours.
    To learn more about The Shout Syndicate, visit

    The Shout Syndicate team is:
    Ami Bennett
    Jeb Gutelius
    Mark Kates
    Adam Klein

    Creative Youth Development organizations are those that “intentionally integrate creative skill-building, inquiry, and expression with positive youth development principles, fueling young people’s imaginations and building critical learning and life skills.” Creative Youth Development (CYD) programs see young people as active agents of their own change, with inherent strengths and skills to be developed and supported.

    The following specific characteristics are essential in quality CYD programs:

    Provide safe and healthy youth spaces;
    Are assets-based;
    Foster the development of positive relationships and social skills;
    Are youth-driven;
    Set high expectations for growth and learning; and
    Address the broader context in which creative youth development operates.


    The Boston Foundation and its partners will host information sessions as follows:

    Wednesday, June 19 – 2-3:30pm
    The Boston Foundation
    75 Arlington St., Boston
    Click here to register

    Monday, June 24 – 2-3:30pm
    Northeastern Crossing
    1175 Tremont St., Boston
    Click here to register
    2019 Pilot Grant Program
    The Shout Syndicate is seeking to support approximately 8 programs with grants of $20,000 – $25,000 in this grant cycle.

    Grant Requirements

    501c3 organizations located in Greater Boston
    Serving youth in high school, generally ages 15-21
    Artistic creation with youth at the center of the process
    Stipends based on minimum wage for participating youth
    Public sharing of work created at the conclusion of the program
    Programs will support both creative youth development and workforce development opportunities for youth.
    Programs will work with a cohort of at least 3-5 youth.
    Programs will operate from September to May or June but may propose continuing into the summer months.
    Programs will provide programming for youth 6-8 hours per week over the 9-month period. However programs can propose working with more youth for fewer hours per week or for fewer weeks (such as using a semester structure) to serve different groups of youth.
    Funding Priorities

    All disciplines (Theatre, Dance, Visual Art, Music, Literary Art, Media/Film)
    We seek to fund established CYD neighborhood-based organizations who prioritize working with youth who have had limited access to these types of out-of-school-time opportunities.
    We seek organizations that work with a diverse set of recipients that reflect the population of the region.
    Priority will be given to community-based organizations with budgets of $2 million or less who employ local teaching artists.

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  • Juneteenth Scholarship

    Boston NAACP, Metro Boston area

    The Boston branch of the NAACP will be awarding a laptop to a high school student that attends a metro Boston High school or resides in the Metro Boston area. The applicant will submit a 750, or less, word essay in response to the Juneteenth celebration.

    Eligibility requirements:

    -Must be a high school student

    -A Metro Boston resident, or attending a Metro Boston high school

    -Submit a complete application and essay

    Applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2019 and must include the following materials:

    – A complete application and response to the essay question

    Complete the scholarship application and upload the supporting documents via online Jot From:

    If you have any questions please email them to:

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  • Lucille P. Butler Scholarship

    Boston NAACP, Boston, MA

    The Boston Branch of the NAACP acknowledges the high cost associated with higher education and is committed to providing financial assistance to African Americans and minority groups who demonstrate academic promise. In 2009, the Lucille P. Butler scholarship was established in commemoration of Ms. Butler, who was a lifelong and prolific member of the organization. The committee awards two $5,000 scholarships to students majoring in Accounting. These students exhibit strong leadership skills and are actively involved in their school or community.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    Applicants must be full time students working on their first bachelor’s degree or graduate degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher and are in good academic standing.

    Applicants must have completed a total of 24 credits.

    Additional Requirements:

     US citizen and resident of Greater Boston

     Matriculation at a 4 year accredited institution

     Business Major: Accounting, Economics, Analytics, Finance, Business Management

     Complete FAFSA

     GPA 2.50 or higher

     Minimum 24 credits towards graduation

    The scholarship can only be applied toward covering the cost of tuition, fees and books.

    Applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2019 and must include the following materials:

     Complete application and response to (2) essay questions

     Two letters of reference. One from a professor, advisor or business professional. the second reference can be a personal reference

     An official transcript

    Complete the scholarship application and upload the supporting documents via online Jot From:

    If you have any questions please email them to:

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  • Boston NAACP : Entrepreneurship Program

    Boston NAACP, Dillaway Thomas Heritage House at Roxbury Heritage State Park- 183 Roxbury St, Boston, MA 02119

    Small Business Startup Summer Youth Program

    ​Our mission is simple, smart, and solutions-oriented – to empower at-risk youth with the resources necessary to harness their creativity and imaginations to start new small businesses. Small businesses are essential in terms of building a community’s wealth and providing more opportunities in those communities, generally. The information, however, as to how to ideate and create small businesses and see them through to success is lacking in many under served communities. From funding to training, there is a shortage of resources to propel progress. Our program will offer a fun and exciting experience for participants, and at the same time, it will break down barriers and inspire participants to pursue business ownership.

    Eligibility and Requirements

    Participation in this program will be available to students and young adults ranging in ages from 16-19. In addition to this age requirement, eligibility will be based on recommendations from reliable source(s) who can vouch for the candidates’ character and ability to complete the program. Candidates will also be required to undergo a thorough application process, which includes an entry essay designed to give participants an opportunity to describe why they are interested in participating in the program and what they aim to accomplish. These applications will be reviewed by the NAACP Boston Branch’s Executive Committee, which will select participants.

    The Program Model

    By proving young people with access to business fundamentals, hands on experience, and mentorship, the process of business creation and ownership becomes less of a mystery and more of a mission. A mission that can be accomplished. The better equipped a budding business owner, the closer their goals become. And when it’s clear that they can root their businesses right in their own community, they not only enrich their own lives, but the entire community is positively affected.

    The initial class will be limited to 25 students. The students will be combined into 8 teams, each with 3 team members.

    The Logistics

    The Startup Youth Program will commence in July and end in August  2019, this program will be featured in the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Urban Summer Youth programming. The program will be held at the Dillaway Thomas Heritage House at Roxbury Heritage State Park (183 Roxbury St, Boston, MA 02119). Students will be in session on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evenings from 6pm-8:30pm.

    Application URL:

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  • Intern, The Philanthropic Initiative

    The Boston Foundation, Boston, MA

    All applications should be submitted online. Go to and select “Intern, The Philanthropic Initiative” to complete our online application process. Diversity candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Job Description

    Title: Intern, The Philanthropic Initiative
    Department: Philanthropy, The Philanthropic Initiative
    Reports To: Senior Partner, TPI
    FLSA Classification: Nonexempt FTE: 1
    Supervises: None

    Position Summary:
    The Intern will work on client engagements and field leadership work, specifically the Invest for Better – Women Lead the Way in Impact Investing initiative.

    Hours and Compensation:
    Seeking an intern who will work 35 hours/week May 20 – August 16th with the possibility of extension. Compensation is $15/hr.

    Essential Functions:

    Invest for Better Initiative
    • Support visibility/activation campaign outreach, including social media strategies, partnerships, conferences and events, building the number of pledgers
    • Create website content including blogs, resources, case studies, etc.
    • Organization, outreach and administration for project overall

    Client Support
    • Grants management and scholarship/college success program support
    • Social issues and benchmarking research
    • Administrative support

    Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in progress required

    Skills, Abilities, Competencies:
    • Strong writing, research and organizational skills required;
    • Knowledge of and interest in philanthropy
    • The ability to plan, think analytically, pay attention to detail and follow through;
    • Self-motivation and ability to manage multiple tasks; and
    • Experience with social media content creation and platform management.

    Working Conditions & Physical Demands:
    • Ability to sit for long periods of time
    • Ability to use a computer workstation and keyboard for long periods of time
    • Ability to carry up to 5 pounds

    The content is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. It is not intended to constitute an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

    External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents, who are or become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act or applicable state law, must be able to perform the essential functions of the job (including those listed above) either with or without reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation, if any, will be determined by management in consultation with the employee on a case-by-case basis.

    This job description is intended to be general and may be revised from time to time. At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different or additional duties from time to time.


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  • Annual CGTrader Scholarship

    CGTrader, Online

    CGTrader is the largest 3D model marketplace backed by the strong designer community of more than 1.2M members. CGTrader was founded with the goal to ensure fair marketplace conditions for 3D designers.

    Every year CGTrader challenges students to dig into the field of technology by writing an essay on how innovative technologies are transforming our lives.

    Enter the CGTrader Scholarship 2018 challenge to win $3,000 for your education expenses. The best submission will be awarded $2,000 while the two runners-up will receive $500 each.

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  • Career Pathways

    Council on Foundations’, Anywhere

    Career Pathways is the Council on Foundations’ flagship leadership development program. Its goal is to increase the number of candidates from diverse backgrounds in the leadership pipeline who are considered, appointed, and retained in senior and executive philanthropic leadership positions.


    Career Pathways is a year-long leadership preparation program that advances excellence and inclusion in talent acquisition, management, and retention strategies. The program prepares participants to successfully compete for leadership positions by expanding their capacity to become more effective philanthropic leaders.

    Career Pathways was developed in response to the field’s growing commitment to advancing inclusive practices and diversity in philanthropic decision making. The Council’s research, Career Pathways to Philanthropic Leadership: Baseline Report (2009), highlighted and confirmed no obvious—but, in some cases, inscrutable—route to executive roles in philanthropy for most individuals, especially for those already working in the field.

    As an investment in the field of philanthropy, Career Pathways is designed to assist a more diverse leadership pool of individuals in reaching their own, and the field’s, potential. Participants in the Career Pathways program will leave better prepared to judge and enhance their philanthropic leadership profile.

    While Career Pathways cannot guarantee participants will be appointed to leadership positions, it will empower individuals to become the best candidates they can be by cultivating philanthropic acumen, confidence, and networks. Participation in Career Pathways will build an individuals’ capacity to become even more effective in their current roles and more deliberate in their contributions to the field of philanthropy, more broadly.

    Unlike traditional training or advocacy programs, Career Pathways focuses more intentionally on assisting mid-career professionals from diverse backgrounds in the development of networks and leadership capacity and in taking the reins of their own candidacies for high-level, decision-making roles in philanthropy and strengthening the capacity of the field.

    To apply follow this link:

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  • ABFE is a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Partnering with foundations, nonprofits and individuals, ABFE provides its members with professional development and technical assistance resources that further the philanthropic sector’s connection and responsiveness to issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.

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  • CLFP is a year-long program designed to sharpen the skills and strengthen the leadership capacity of foundation staff, donors and trustees who are committed to assisting Black communities through philanthropy. Fellows have the opportunity to learn from seasoned grantmakers and peers on a regular basis, understand how to be more effective for change within their institutions, and participate in a network that focuses on innovative solutions to community challenges.

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  • Leverage the Trust

    ABFE, Anywhere

    Leverage the Trust is an effort to identify and engage Black foundation trustees in ABFE’s mission through peer networking and learning opportunities. The work of Leverage the Trust is led by a committee of dedicated trustees of philanthropic institutions who are representative of the diversity of geography, type and size of grantmaking entities in the sector.

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