CfAA is based on the thesis that care for the growing population of older adults with dementia will be delivered primarily at home. It is, therefore, necessary to strengthen the workforce that will be providing such care. During the initial planning phase for CfAA, Pear Associates supported the establishment of four critical components – a clinical research study, recruitment and training of home health aides, workforce and career development, and project sustainability.
This celebratory document presents 20 stories that illustrate how the Granite State worked towards the New Hampshire Strategic Plan for Early Childhood goals: positive learning experiences, healthy children and families, strong families, and statewide coordination. These stories represent a range of initiatives, including those funded by federal and state resources and philanthropy, and those happening at the state, regional, and community-based levels. The Year in Review was released on April 14, 2021 with an event featuring New Hampshire’s First Lady, Valerie Sununu, who endorsed the value of statewide efforts that help children and families thrive.
ACET, Inc. delivers culturally tailored evaluation services and solutions to an expanding list of local, regional, national, and international clients. Over a six-month timeframe, Pear Associates developed an actionable strategic planning document to guide and strengthen ACET’s activity over the next three years. The plan focuses on three strategic priorities: Mission and Values, Infrastructure Development, and Branding and Marketing, which will enable ACET to achieve its aspirational and sustainable programmatic and organizational model.
Schooling for Hope collaborates with organizations like East Ed to provide low-cost consulting by education experts to schools, including those within the NativityMiguel Coalition. Pear Associates provided critical training and coaching to Schooling for Hope as they pursued regional and national foundation funding to support their programming.
Root NS, the only youth job training program North of Boston that utilizes the culinary arts within an experiential learning social enterprise model. The relationship has already proved fruitful as Root has secured several grants from new funders and sustained funding from established foundation partners.
Through document review, data research, stakeholder engagement, and strategic discussion, Pear Associates helped the Collaborative identify its priorities for the coming year, including Family Engagement and Community Programming, Family Communications, Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Building Referrals to Milford-Based Services.
Harbor Health, which provides medical, behavioral health, dental, and support services to more than 34,000 patients in Boston, the South Shore, and Cape Cod, engaged Pear Associates to assist with a range of grant writing projects to improve access to care and care delivery. Our grant writing team helped Harbor Health secure funds from the Pfizer Foundation Direct Relief Grant program for an innovative program aimed at keeping vulnerable older adult patients out of hospital emergency rooms through home-based preventive and emergency care. Harbor Health was one of only 11 organizations funded among 236 applicants from across the country to receive this highly competitive award. Learn more about this grant program here.
Seven Hills Behavioral Health, an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation, was nearing the close of a multiyear Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant cycle that supported its youth-focused health promotion services. To assist with the sustainability of this critical work in the New Bedford and Fall River area of Massachusetts, Seven Hills Foundation engaged Pear Associates to provide external assistance on strategy, funder research, and grant writing. Pear Associates worked with the Seven Hills Behavioral Health program team and the Seven Hills Foundation advancement team to identify opportunities, develop a compelling program proposal, and build internal capacity for the future acquisition of public and private grant opportunities.
The New Hampshire Alliance for College and Career Readiness was launched with a three-year seed grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation which concluded in September of 2020. To assist with sustainability efforts, The Alliance engaged Pear Associates to help develop a fundraising strategy and to write grant proposals. Based on the success of this engagement, The Alliance recommended Pear Associates to Education First to provide consulting services to support the New England Alliances for College and Career Readiness, whose members are facing similar sustainability challenges. Working with Education First, Pear Associates provided one-on-one technical assistance to MaineSpark and Advance Vermont and facilitated a Sustainability Boot Camp for the three Northern New England initiatives.
Over the past three years, through a grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Education First has supported the New England Alliances for College and Career Readiness (NEACCR). A recent change in Nellie Mae’s grantmaking has forced the alliances to re-examine their growth strategies and fundraising goals. Education First engaged Pear Associates to provide sustainability consulting services to three of the five alliances ( Maine Spark, Advance Vermont, and the New Hampshire Alliance for College and Career Readiness) as they navigate their future growth without the continued support of Nellie Mae funding. Pear Associates worked with each Alliance one-on-one to develop an action plan for future sustainability that explored foundations, business partnerships, and membership structure and facilitated a three-hour boot camp to address shared sustainability challenges.
The Phoenix Charter Academy was established in 2006 to provide high-risk youth with the academic and emotional support needed to successfully complete high school and become high achieving, self-sufficient adults. When Phoenix was restructuring their external affairs team in 2019, they engaged Pear Associates to fill a temporary grant writing role. Based on the great synergies between our teams, this short term gig has become a long term partnership. Over the past year, we have helped Phoenix secure grants to enhance operations, and expand the Phoenix Forward program, which offers high school students early access to college courses and exposure to workforce preparedness opportunities.
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.
NICRA, the National Ice Cream Retailers Association, is a trade organization that represents entrepreneurs who specialize in the frozen dessert and ice cream industries. Under new leadership, the Association has experienced substantial growth and success. NICRA reached out to Pear Associates to help create a blueprint for the organization as it moves forward. Pear Associates’ President Alison Glastein Gray facilitated a strategic planning session with the Board of Directors in Orlando, Florida – the site of their 2020 annual meeting. As a result of the day-long retreat, the Board identified key strategic opportunities that will help shape and define the future of this growing organization.