Seven Hills Foundation Engages Pear Associates to Provide External Assistance on Strategy, Funder Research, and Grant Writing

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.

Pear Associates Provides Consulting Services to Support the New England Alliances for College and Career Readiness

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.

Pear Associates Partners with Alliances to Develop an Action Plan for Future Sustainability

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.

Pear Associates Develops Long Term Partnership with the Phoenix Charter Academy Network

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.

Pear Associates Collaborates with LAUNCH Manchester on their Strategic Plan
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.

NICRA Discovers Key Strategic Opportunities by Engaging Pear Associates

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.

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