A Bed and Breakfast in Cambridge, MA
Bed and Breakfast in Cambridge, MA

Cambridge Action Fund

Cambridge Action Fund, Inc.Cambridge Action Fund, Inc.

1657 Cambridge St. #3

Cambridge MA 02138-4316

617-547-1413 Fax: 617-876-8991

Make a difference this year! All year, all summer, homeless shelters have had overflow, the first time in ten years. Did you know that you could give a gift that can make a difference? Join Cambridge Action Fund, Inc. and donate a portion of your income or profit. Reinvest in Cambridge, in the community where your clients come from and your friends live. All our expenses are donated bookkeeping, printing, administration, even auditing, except for bank service fees and federal and state licenses. Every dollar is reinvested in the year it is donated to maximize its impact.

Founded in 1995 as a not-for-profit corporation, we are part of a growing movement to improve the quality of life in our communities and protect the environment we live in.

We include: Maven Realty [ www.mavenrealty.com ], A Bed & Breakfast in Cambridge[www.cambridgebnb.com] , Sue Butler, First Estate Realty, Bookkeeping Plus More, Beatrice and Murphy, Beth Cohen, Minuteman Press [ www.minuteman-press.com or cambridge@minuteman-press.com], Prof. Kay Coleman, Lemelman & Lemelman, .

We know our hard-earned dollars are carefully used in programs proven to work. We’ve found we’re directing dollars to something more socially beneficial, while projecting a positive, ethical and socially conscious image for our business. We are a collaborative of businesses and citizens committed to sharing a portion of our income to improve the quality of life in our community for all citizens. Our efforts are directed to help Cambridge be a more attractive place for people to live, work, and do business. We are part of a growing movement to improve the quality of life in our communities and to protect the environment we live in. If you want to see more information about us, click on Cambridge Action Fund, Inc. at www.cambridgebnb.com for our web page.

Our contributions have made a big difference. Harvard Square Homeless Shelter [http://hshsc.org/ ]used our contribution as the basis for beginning a capital campaign, which led to the successful opening of their shelter this fall. At our fall forum that reviewed how are monies have been spent, we were given a tour of the wonderful new shelter. CASPAR, Inc. used our contribution to pay for transportation expenses so their clients could get to needed appointments. Food For Free Committee, Inc.[ foodforfree.org] used our contribution to get about 38, 000 pounds of nutrition rich foods to food pantries and feeding programs. Harvard Square Churches Meals Program [http://www.cambridgeactionfund.org/faqs.htm] used the contribution to hire homeless people giving them stipends and on-the-job training. In 1996, we donated $5250, in 1997 we donated $8,250 and in 1998 we donated more than $10,000.

With your help we can fund more programs this year.  With your contributions, Cambridge Action Fund, Inc. can fund these programs. Contact us at 497-6211, our web site or send tax deductible contributions to Cambridge Action Fund, Inc., 1657 Cambridge St. #3, Cambridge MA 02138-4316.

Why people and businesses are currently participating:

“We know our hard earned dollars are carefully used in programs proven to work.” A Bed & Breakfast in Cambridge

“We want to make a direct impact on the quality of life in our community.” Adrian Morehouse, writer, Harvard University

“We’ve found we’re directing dollars to something socially beneficial, while projecting a positive, ethical and socially- conscious image for our business.” Dave Lewis, Maven Realty

“I know that I am just a few mortgage payments from being homeless myself.” Anonymous

“Our employees like knowing they work for an organization that is responsive to community needs. Consequently they are more motivated and productive.”

“We have been able to collaborate with a network of like-minded entrepreneurs and professionals.”

What can you do?

  1. Join us in contributing to improve our community.
  2. Participate with our membership in the identification and support of successful social service programs.
  3. Encourage friends and business associates to become involved with the Cambridge Action Fund.
  4. To join or for more information, please call us care of the Cambridge Action Fund 617-547-1413.

What are our goals?

  • To directly impact the quality of life in our community by identifying, funding and promoting successful programs that serve the diverse needs of our citizens.
  • To create a sustainable structure that will perpetuate a strong link between our membership and human service providers.
  • To increase the involvement of local businesses in the Cambridge Action Fund, while maintaining a diverse membership.
  • To provide a model for other communities that are similarly motivated to create social change by efficiently providing financial support and by increasing citizen participation.
  • Ultimately, to change the “culture of business” so that contribution to one’s community becomes a standard accepted business practice.

Gifts qualify under Internal Revenue Service code for tax deductions under 501(c)3. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions…

1. How do we decide where the money is going?

We first determine the criteria for selection of grantees. The criteria are developed with the help of experts who provide services to Cambridge. The criteria are reviewed yearly. The applicants are matched with the criteria and ranked and given funds. This year’s criteria are that the program must prove that it does the following things:

  • Homeless helped.
  • Successful program with a proven track record that works.
  • Funding will go to areas which are difficult to get funding such as operating costs and administrative costs.
  • Money used to leverage results.
  • Program is apolitical, with a non-profit status.
  • Program provides services in the Cambridge area or is Cambridge based.

2. How do programs apply for grants?

We used the forms developed by the Cambridge Community Foundation.

3. How do we make sure the programs do what they say?

Each year we ask each program to present their program at a forum/ or symposium/ or workshop. The last one was held  at the Harvard Square Churches Meals Program at Zero Garden Street at Christ Church in Harvard Square. Applicants are also invited to explain their program at this symposium. The applicants are asked to define what success means to them and prove that they are successful. We asked applicants to made a three ring notebook so that they can show their program to others and we asked them to make a poster board to display and explain their program.

4. Can you give some examples of successful programs you have funded? In 1996, we ha donated moneys to the Harvard Square Churches Meals Program, and the University Lutheran Church Shelter. In 1997 we donated money to: Phillips Brooks House Assoc. for University Lutheran Shelter, Food For Free Committee, Inc., and CASPAR, Inc. In 1998 we donated to: CASPAR, Inc., Food For Free Committee, Inc., Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, and Harvard Square Churches Meals Program.

5. How can I get involved?

You can donate moneys to Cambridge Action Fund. You can donate time to help with events, publicity, outreach, etc. We need help with writing articles, planning and giving poetry readings and folk singing. We need help with our symposium/workshops. And we mostly need help inviting others to join us to reinvest in Cambridge.

6. How much must I contribute?

You decide! You must publicly be willing to tell how much. Maven Realty donates 2% of gross income. A Bed & Breakfast in Cambridge donates 5% of net income using the previous years total income. Individuals and businesses can decide how much and how they determine the amount.

7. What percentage of the money actually goes to fund organizations?

We are volunteers. There are no paid staff members. We do not use professional fund-raisers nor do we have an expensive office. Currently our only expenses that are not paid by volunteers are our bank service charges and our federal and state incorporation and filing fees.

8. How long have you been in existence?

We received IRS approval in February, 1996 and had an official announcement at Cambridge City Hall in June, 1996. We have had planning meetings and been organizing for several years before that.

9. Who else is involved?

Maven Realty, Bookkeeping Plus More, First Estate Realty, Minuteman Press, A Bed & Breakfast in Cambridge, Sue Butler, Beth Cohen, Beatrice and Murphy, Prof. Kay Coleman, Lemelman & Lemelman, , and many individuals. Join US!

Highlights of 1999

  • Announcement of Recipients of Grants at City Hall, January, 1999
  • Article in Boston Globe announces recipients and participation of Maven Realty and others
  • WebPages developed by Fishnet.com
  • Video developed by Cambridge Community Cable Television and shown several times during the year
  • Forum on Working with the Homeless: What works! Thursday, November 4, 1999 at University Lutheran Church 5:30-7 00 p.m. Tour of new Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. 5-5:30 p.m. Representatives from homeless service programs will describe the needs of the people they work with and what they think works best and why. What have we learned? What makes a difference? What are the needs NOW in the current economic boom? Since the numbers of homeless have overflowed shelters ALL summer and all year for the first time in ten years since data has been maintained, what can we do?

Highlights of 1998

  • Collected more than $10,000 this year!
  • Article in The Tab with focus on contributors
  • Donations to
  • CASPAR, Inc.
  • Food For Free Committee, Inc.
  • Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
  • Harvard Square Churches Meals Program

Highlights of 1997

  • Donated $8,250 to Phillips Brooks House Assoc. for University Lutheran Shelter
  • Food For Free Committee, Inc.
  • Caspar, Inc.
  • Club Passim gives A Benefit for the Homeless, March 9 with:
  • Richard Cambridge
  • Val Nolan , Chris Korwin,
  • Jess Klein and Jabe Beyer
  • Chris Dunn
  • Mark Goldfinger,
  • Resolution passed by City Council urging all citizens to participate by City Council
  • Forum on Working with Homeless, March 19, 1997
  • Participate in OktoberFest in Harvard Square to let folks know about CAF, Inc.

Highlights of 1996

  • Announcement of Cambridge Action Fund, Inc. at City Council, June, 1996
  • Thanksgiving Dance Party, Dec. 6, 1996 at Maven Realty offices
  • Article in the Cambridge Chronicle and The Tab
  • Donations from more than 60 individuals and small businesses.
  • Donated $5250 to:
  • Harvard Square Churches Meals Program

Please attach a copy of this form to each of your proposals.

Cambridge Action Fund Application Summary:

Name of Organization:_______________________________________________

Address:__________________________________________________________

Organization Executive:___________________________Telephone:__________

Contact Person:__________________________________Telephone:__________

Purpose of Request _________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________

Total Cost of Program:___________________ Amount of Request:___________

Please list other private or public funding sources for this project. What monies have been committed or received?______________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________

Who will benefit? (include age group, racial or ethnic groups)_________________

______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________

How many people will benefit?_________________________________________

What will the program do?____________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________

What will be the results?______________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________

Where and when will this happen?______________________________________

______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________

Why is this program needed?__________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________

Dear Potential Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the Cambridge Action Fund application process. Enclosed please find the application summary sheet.

Application deadline is November 1 for consideration.

Please be ready to present your program to our symposium on November4.

Please submit six copies of the proposal to be considered for funding.

Each copy of the proposal must include the following:

# An Application Summary sheet (see attached) as the first page of the proposal. PLEASE NOTE A TOTAL OF SIX COPIES OF THE APPLICATION SUMMARY AND APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED Y ALL GRANT APPLICANTS.
# A statement of agency and project goals. (Please limit to one page.)
# A description of the specific project and budget for which funds are being requested.
# An agency budget for the same year.
# A list of the organization’s current Board of Directors.
# A list of other prospective funding sources.
# In addition, Cambridge Action Fund must receive one copy of the following:
# A determination letter from the IRS confirming tax-exempt status.
# The organization’s most recent annual audit report.

Applicants are encouraged to call if you have any questions about the application process or the appropriateness of your proposal.

Cambridge Action Fund, Inc.

Annual Report 1998

Income:

Donations to CAF 12,672.67

Interest Income 26.41

Total: 12699.08

Expenses:

Bank Service Charges 32.05

Donations: 12,000.00

Licences & fees state & federal 50.00

Total 12,082.05

Names and Address of Officers:

President: Karen Carmean, 1657 Cambridge St. #3, Cambridge, MA 02138-4316

Treasurer: Carole K. Bellew, 99 Sixth Street, Cambridge MA 02141

Secretary: Doane Perry III, 1657 Cambridge St. #3, Cambridge MA 02138-4316

Board of Directors;

David B. Lewis, Chairman, 402 A Highland Ave., Somerville MA

Sue Rollow, 14 Clinton St., Cambridge MA 02139

Tony Madan, 49 � Sacramento St, Cambridge MA 02138

Steven W. Knapp, 16 Eustis St., Cambridge MA 02140

Karen Carmean, 1657 Cambridge St. #3, Cambridge, MA 02138-4316

Carole K. Bellew, 99 Sixth Street, Cambridge MA 02141

Doane Perry III, 1657 Cambridge St. #3, Cambridge MA 02138-4316

Highlights of 1998

* Collected more than $10,000 this year!
* Article in The Tab with focus on contributors
* Donations to
* CASPAR, Inc.
* Food For Free Committee, Inc.
* Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
* Harvard Square Churches Meals Program