Pear Associates Works With LAUNCH Manchester
With a long-term goal of ensuring all children enter school ready to learn and able to succeed, LAUNCH Manchester, an initiative of Amoskeag Health, wanted to create a road map to help guide the initiative towards reaching this goal. After being awarded funding from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to support strategic planning, LAUNCH Manchester brought on Pear Associates to oversee the process.
Meeting monthly between January and May 2019, Strategic Plan Workgroup members crafted strategies to strengthen existing collaborations and programs while addressing gaps in services. The resulting document, LAUNCH Manchester: Five Year Strategic Plan for Young Children and Families, identifies priority areas with sequenced and actionable approaches intended to strengthen the community’s ability to support young children, birth to age 8, and their families. The Strategic Plan identifies areas to expand and deepen partnerships and highlights growing community needs.
Grant Writing Services Result in Wins for Inversant
For ten years, Inversant has been on a mission to ensure that through parental engagement, every low-to-moderate income family has the resources and understanding they need to achieve their goals for higher education.
Inversant first contracted with Pear Associates in February 2019 when a transition among their staff necessitated additional support with grant writing. Over the past year, Pear Associates has been an integral part of Inversant’s Development team, securing hundreds of thousands of dollars for their parent engagement programs.

When Heidi Hancock joined Inversant as the new VP of Advancement, she recognized the value Pear Associates brought to the organization.
In 2020, our role will expand to include services for Inversant’s sister organization, La Vida Scholars, which equips students with resources and preparation needed to enter college.
Project Hope Engages Pear Associates to Develop a Marketing and Community Outreach Plan

As a multi-service agency that moves families up and out of poverty in Boston, Project Hope first engaged Pear Associates in Summer 2018 to create a Marketing and Community Outreach Plan.

Through this initiative, Project Hope was better able to communicate the value of the organization to a variety of audiences, including donors, program participants, and referral partners. Pear Associates helped develop clear and consistent messages about all programs, positioning Project Hope’s Executive Director as a thought leader, and amplifying the participant voice through the Ambassador’s Bureau.

Impressed with Pear Associates’ ability to facilitate meetings and develop content, Project Hope engaged the firm on two large-scale grant writing projects that involved a significant level of strategy to inform the proposed approach. These grant writing efforts resulted in Project Hope winning a six-figure grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to expand its adult basic education and English as a Second Language program. Another proposal to support Project Hope’s shelter and housing services is pending.

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