Harvard University recently organized another round of its monetary support to non-profit organizations. Dozens of people attended the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund (HAPF) Ceremony in Harvard Ed Portal in Alston.
Harvard organizes grant allocation ceremony every year under the name of the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund (HAPF). The university aims to support not for profit organizations operating in Allston and Brighton. University chooses 10 or more organizations every year based on their contribution to society. Harvard President Larry Bacow honored 16 local organizations this year in the 11th round of HAPF.
Harvard granted a combined total of $100k to these organizations. These non-profits are well known in Allston for their social contributions in various fields. They have worked towards supporting families, improving the quality of public places, running awareness campaigns, youth enrichment programs, and so on.
On occasion, Larry Bacow addressed the gathering and said that Harvard is proud to help the community by supporting these non-profit organizations. He added that Harvard Allston Partnership Fund is an essential commitment of Harvard towards the Allston-Brighton neighborhood. The fund shows the power of working together as a single force for the betterment of society.
The fund completed its tenth-anniversary last year. Started in 2008, Harvard has supported more than 35 organizations through a combined fund of over $1.1 million. HAPF program was started by the world famous Harvard University and Boston government.
With the help of the Harvard-Allston task force and Allston community, the program aims at choosing the organizations with the highest potentials of improving the neighborhood. Organizations’ contribution can be in many different forms ranging from educational programs for students to support and engagement programs for families.
The ceremony is conducted in the presence of Harvard officials and many state representatives and Boston officials. This year’s awards were handed by highly respected officials including Boston city councilor Althea Garrison, State Rep. Kevin Honan and Director Brian Golden of the Boston Planning and Development Agency.
The organizations receiving this year’s grants showed their gratitude and appreciation in the ceremony through their grateful words. John Woods, director of Allston-Brighton CDC, one of the recipients of the award this year, said that the money and recognition would give a boost to their services. He added that they could continue their Homeownership Program, which requires being competitive in buying properties and selling off at low prices with a deed restriction.
Sister Pat Andrews, an executive from another grant-receiving organization, said that The Literacy Connection has been working selflessly for over 31 years. She said that they are grateful for Harvard for being generous to them for many years. They have received significant recognition in the form of grants.
Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor of Boston, also spoke on occasion thanking Harvard for the critical investment they make every year to the Allston-Brighton neighborhood. He added that the future of this fund partnership and the results look exciting. The local institutions supported by these grants form the pillars of one of the brightest neighborhoods of our country.
Rest of the organizations named under www.community.harvard.edu.